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The MAP sensor also checked good and I have spark at the spark plugs, just not sure if it’s a weak spark or strong enough. I’m using a tester that goes from the Coil to the distributor and it lights up orange when cranking.
 

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lets try BASICS.
do you have spark at the plugs? crisp white or blueish spark.
do the injectors pulse - a noid light makes this easy.
What is fuel pressure PSI?
 

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In addition to the basics above, are you 100% positive the distributor was installed correctly at TDC ?
 

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OK, so, I did more troubleshooting today and I used the Noid to check the injector circuit and it checked good. The light would turn on during cranking. Also used starting fluid and as I was cranking I heard a pop and sparks came out of the throttle body, I tried it again while pumping the gas pedal and again a popping sound from the throttle body but no sparks. I have a dim light at the spark plug sight glass.
 

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I'm getting a dim orange color light between the coil and distributor. Any ideas????
I am not familiar with the spark tester your using SO I could not advise on what color flash is 'good'.

Plugs are easy enough to remove and observe spark right at plug. Confirm correct gap and see if fuel or oil soaked.
As far as plugs what brand type and heat # are you using.

As mentioned the timing of the dist, first you need to confirm #1 cylinder is on TDC compression.
 

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Yes when I installed the distributor #1 piston was TDC, harmonic balancer Mark was at 0. When I dropped the distributor In the button was facing 5 o’clock position. I’m still going to remove it and try again. I’ll also be able to look at the spark plug
 

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^^^^What he said^^^^^. The best way to time an engine is to take out all the spark plugs. Then ground each plug wire. Now have someone crank the engine while you watch the timing marks. This way there is no compression load on the engine and it can spin fairly quickly. Make your adjustments and then tighten the distributor hold down bolt. Then test again in case it moved. Now the timing is perfect and other things can be looked at. Just be aware that the timing can still be 180° off. Test to be sure you are working off #1 TDC.
 

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CRUISER'S MOSTLY RENIX TIPS
DISTRIBUTOR INDEXING
OCTOBER 30, 2015 SALAD 52 COMMENTS
Firing Order

Renix dizzy indexing

Remove the distributor cap and cut a “window” into the side of the distributor cap at the #1 spark plug wire post . The “window” should be large enough to allow easy visual inspection of the position of the distributor rotor at the #1 spark plug wire post. Reinstall the distributor cap.
Use Tip 12 first to guarantee you’re on #1 TDC.
Install a ¾” wrench or socket onto the vibration damper retaining bolt. Rotate the engine in a clockwise direction until the #1 cylinder is at top dead center. Align the timing mark on the vibration damper with the “0” degree mark on the front cover timing scale. The tip of the distributor rotor should be near the #1 spark plug wire post.
Disconnect the distributor electrical connection. Remove the distributor holddown clamp, holddown bolt and distributor. Remove the distributor cap and rotor.
Place the distributor housing upside down in a soft jaw vise. Scribe a line 1/2 inch from the end of the distributor locating tab. Cut the distributor locating tab at the scribed line with a saw.
Remove any burrs and metal filings from the distributor. Reinstall rotor.
If necessary, using a flat blade screwdriver, turn the oil pump gear drive shaft until the slot is slightly past the 11 o’clock position. The oil pump gear drive shaft is accessible through the distributor mounting bore in the engine block. A little tip here. Rather than use a dizzy gasket, use an o ring instead. NAPA #727-2024.Dizzy o ring
Visually align the modified locating tab area of the distributor housing with the holddown clamp bolt hole.
Turn the rotor to the 4 o’clock position.Dizzy tab cuts
Lower the distributor into the engine block until it seats. The rotor should now be very close to the 5 o’clock position.
Reinstall the distributor cap with the cutout “window”. Rotate the distributor housing until the trailing edge of the distributor rotor tip is just departing from the #1 spark plug wire post terminal .
Reinstall the distributor holddown clamp and bolt.. Reinspect the position of the rotor to the #1 spark plug wire post to insure that it has not moved.
Install the new distributor cap, reconnect the distributor electrical connections.
HERE’S WHY DISTRIBUTOR INDEXING IS SO IMPORTANT:

Distributor indexing explained:

For clarification though, that’s not a cam sensor inside the Renix dizzy. It’s there to fire the injectors sequentially with the firing order. You’ll never notice if it went bad because the ECU will try to “guess” where it is and does a heck of a job at it.

As for the “timing”, it is controlled by the ECU. Ever notice how wide the tip of the rotor is? Try and wrap your head around this:

When the ECU yells “Fire” to the ignition control module, where is the rotor in relationship to the dizzy terminal? Not to the terminal yet? Past the terminal too far?

What happens to the spark/secondary ignition strength when it has to jump the Grand Canyon in comparison to shooting from a rotor tip? Poor ignition performance, bucking, jerking, longer crank times.

The factory was aware of this and issued a Technical Service Bulletin on it. This Tip, #13, is a condensed version of that factory TSB. You wouldn’t believe how many we found out of whack when I worked at the dealership. Yours is probably messed up also. RARELY did we find one set accurately.

Use Tip 12 first to guarantee you’re on #1 TDC.
 

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Thank you all for your comment and help. Today I was finally able to turn on my Jeep. It ended up being the distributor. I removed it and repositioned it and it worked. It sounds great, thank you all. 👍👍👍👍😄😄😄
 

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Ok so I broke the engine in today, at 2000 RPM for 30 min and everything went OK until I notice that the transmission had no transmission fluid. Will that damage the transmission??? It’s doesn’t want to move
 
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