Re: 1989 Tracer/Escort won't start
I recently replaced the distributor, being careful to install the new one in the same position, but it still wouldn't start. As a test, I rotated the new distributor clockwise and found a spot where it *would* start. Except it ended up being 1/4-3/8" difference compared to where the old distributor was, and since I'm a noob, I don't know if that's a lot. I'm wondering if it can be assumed that the timing marks are no longer lined up on the camshaft and/or timing pullies? And if I take the timing cover off and everything *is* in alignment, then what does that mean?
I should mention that not too long before the no-start issue appeared, I'd taken the timing belt off during a water pump replacement. I reinstalled the old belt instead of putting a new one on because it seemed to be in excellent condition. It was still starting after I had everything back together, so I didn't suspect a timing issue at first. But now I don't know what else it could be.
Sorry if these are stupid questions - I just want to verify that I'm on the right path before I dig back in to it since getting to the pullies is a pain in the a**.