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post #1 of 3 Old 05-21-2012, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
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95 XJ - Messed with distributor, now won't start

I've been having some problems with one cylinder misfiring. In the hunt for the cause, I thought I'd check the timing. So I pulled the distributor, dialed the engine into what I thought was TDC, put it all back together and cranked the engine a few times. No start.

So I pulled it apart again and realized that I had aligned the distributor wrong (using the 4cyl hole) and didn't even have TDC (looking at the wrong marks)

I've now corrected both issues, made sure that I had the TDC on the compression stroke but the Jeep still won't start. The best it does is kind of a "puh puh puh" once in a while.

I thought it was possible I flooded the engine, and when I pulled the plugs they were rather wet. However, trying to start it with my foot to the floor and leaving it overnight both resulted in failure.

It's got new plugs, new wires, new fuel & filter, and just replaced the injector O-rings day before yesterday.

What am I missing?

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-21-2012, 11:10 AM
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Tdc ?

Are you sure that you are at TDC on the compression stroke? What method are you using to locate TDC? Also you can not adjust timing removing or rotating the distributor. Also did you index the cam position sensor with the distributor? Yhere is a 3/16 hole in the CPS that you need to align it with analignment hole in the distributor.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-21-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Nevermind... The cause was that I'm an idiot. I had it timed to TDC on the wrong stroke. Rotated the crank another turn, reinstalled the distributor correctly, and voila! All is well -- except for the misfire.. but that's for another thread.
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