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I changed the intake manifold gasket and had to pull the…

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I changed the intake...

I changed the intake manifold gasket and had to pull the distributor, had everything marked. After all repaired with new belt, started right up but was making a hammering noise ( only ran for about 5 seconds.

Mechanic's Assistant: Is this your first time dealing with this issue? What size is your engine?

1999 olds bravada. Yes, if the distributor was off a notch, would that throw everything off?

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Bravada yourself? What have you tried so far?

Nothing since I put it back together. It's a 4.3

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

I just need to no where to go from here.

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Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago
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Hammering sounds are not good, have you tried turning the motor over by hand at the crank ?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
No I have not tried to turn over by hand.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

see if it will even turn without any noises or noticeable stops

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I'll see if I can get to it from the top , if not I'll have to drop the plastic pan to get from the bottom.
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I don't have a big enough wrench to turn it. Have to get one.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

a ratcheting 1/2 breaker bar would be best for that

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Can't get to the lower crank pulley from bottom cross member in way.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

you may have to remove the fan to get to it then

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I use a torx on end of alternator, it does have a stop point, tried turning both directions.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

sounds like you may have dropped something in the intake and when you cranked it up it messed up the engine, I would pull the spark plugs and see if there is damage to one of not try looking down in the hole for a beat up piston

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Nothing was dropped in motor, I kept everything covered when in take was pulled and all holes plugged.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

well something is causing it to stop that wold be the first place to look

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Waste of money, have a good day.
Auto Mechanic: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 4 months ago

nice backhanded comment, you have a good day as well?

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