I am working on a 1998 mercury villager van 3.0l engine I had the valves done and reinstalled them and think I have a timing issue the van will not crank , when we installed the new timing belt we followed all the instructions but is it possible that we could have installed it 180 degrees out or not on the compression stroke I need help and detailed instructions van is getting fuel and spark at plugs but will not start up I tried moving distributor back and forth within its small amount of adjustability
Country: United StatesMake: MercuryModel: VillagerYear: 1998Engine: 3.0l
have you checked to see if the engine has compression?
are you there?
It has compression it just had a damaged head gasket thats why I pulled it down it has never been overheated or anything heads checked out good
does it have compression now?
this will tell us if the belt is correct
how much does it have?
I dont have a gauge on it at the moment
you need to check it,,,this will let you know if the belt is right
what should I be looking for
I have the cover on the belt now
you did have the distributer removed corret?
we also need to check the timing here
you need to get the #1 piston up on the compression stroke
how do I determine this
remove the #1 plug
turn the engine slowly,,until you feel air[compression]comming out of the plug hole
got it out
with a ratchet
turn the engine slowly till the mark on the crank pulley aligns with the marker
there are 4 or 5 marks which one the first one?
understand,,the crank turns twice to the cams once
so,,,it must be up on the compression stroke
install the distributer to where the rotor is pointing to the #1 plug wire terminal iin the distributer cap
then it should run
if it is in time on the belt
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