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I replace alternator on my 1988 pickup. I had to remove

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I replace alternator on my 1988 pickup. I had to remove distributor to get to alterNatori. Everythinos back but now Truck won't start
JA: Does the engine turn over? How old is the battery?
Customer: I am moving distributor to find distributor right timing but no luck yes it turns over but does not catch.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Replaced cap and rotor plus wires needed that anyway but I think it's a timing issue
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: I'm pretty sure I have the wires correct but outside of that no
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

Hello, thanks for posting

Is this a 4 cylinder or V6? did it run before you removed the distributor?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
it ran but the battery was not charging so I replaced the alternator but hat to remove the distributor assembly to get it out.. input distributor back but it just turns over will not start
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

Ok, here is a way to get the distributor to the #1 cylinder;

Remove the #1 spark plug

rotate the engine until the crank pulley is at the zero mark, look inside the spark plug hole and make sure te piston is up, if not rotate again until it s

The engine is now on #1 top dead center

make a mark on the distributor housing where the #1 plug wire is on the cap

Remove the distributor cap

The rotor should line up with the mark you made on the housing.

If not pull it out and insert it back after rotating the gear until it's all the way down and the rotor lines up

The firing order is 1,2,4,3

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
OK I don't have socket for spark plug but can I pull back out distributor and line it up with #1?
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Line up the rotor with #1 I mean
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

Yes, you can do it that way as long as the crank pulley is on the zero mark.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I see the line down at the bottom and there should be a mark on the lip of the crank pully to line them up correct
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

There should be a line on the pulley and a zero, 4 and 10 degree marks .

Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

With the crank at zero where is the rotor pointing?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Turning over engine now to find the mark
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
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Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

Let me know when the mark is lined up and where the distributor is pointing.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I just keep hitting the ignition but the mark wonthe line up it just goes past
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

That won't work you have to turn it slowly using a wrench on the crank pulley, easier if you take the plugs out,

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Oh ok well I will have to do that another time it's dark now and my car is here at work. I will have to take the shroud and fan off to really get to it. Thank you for your help sir appreciate it!
Expert:  Ted Ritter replied 10 months ago.

You're welcome, hope I have shed some light on this for you>

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