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Q: Distributor not running in time

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My distributor was replaced and is not running in time. I need to know if this is fixable.

A: This happens a lot when replacement isn’t p...

This happens a lot when replacement isn’t performed properly. Yes, it is fixable. The engine will have to be set at Top Dead Center or TDC. There are marks on the crank pulley that need to line up to ensure you’re at TDC before installing the distributor. A trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic can repair this timing issue to ensure your road safety.

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