Distributor Woes '88, '90 Camrys

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Old 15 Jul 2003, 07:14 am   #1 (permalink)
Justin Uddergye
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Default Distributor Woes '88, '90 Camrys

I replaced a condenser on my '88 Camry (4 cyl) with a basic $4 silver
condenser and replaced the broken timing belt at the same time. I
then tried to start it and it wouldn't start. Since I have a '90
Camry with identical distributor, I thought I'd see if it was the '88
distributor that was the problem, so swapped distributors after
marking the timing. Still, the '88 (with '90 distributor) wouldn't
start. But the '90 (with '88 distributor) wouldn't start either. So,
I swapped them back, so that each one had it's own distributor again.
Now, my '90, which started before, won't start!!! I aligned my timing
mark that I scratched onto the distributor so my timing is what it was
before. Any ideas what I have done wrong here?
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 12:39 pm   #2 (permalink)
Jason James
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"Justin Uddergye" <chollamous@nospamyahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I replaced a condenser on my '88 Camry (4 cyl) with a basic $4 silver
> condenser and replaced the broken timing belt at the same time. I
> then tried to start it and it wouldn't start. Since I have a '90
> Camry with identical distributor, I thought I'd see if it was the '88
> distributor that was the problem, so swapped distributors after
> marking the timing. Still, the '88 (with '90 distributor) wouldn't
> start. But the '90 (with '88 distributor) wouldn't start either. So,
> I swapped them back, so that each one had it's own distributor again.
> Now, my '90, which started before, won't start!!! I aligned my timing
> mark that I scratched onto the distributor so my timing is what it was
> before. Any ideas what I have done wrong here?


Yes but,...you have to remember the dissy rotates at half the engine speed,
so you may have the engine one turn out.

When you remove a dissy, you must have the engine on number one cylinder at
top-dead-centre.

Best to grab a Haynes w/shop manual and follow their ''Distributor
installation'' guide.

Jason


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