Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 00:53:17 GMT
From: Derrick 'dman' Hudson <>
Subject: Re: failure to start

On Wed, 17 Dec 2003 09:37:41 +0000, Grunff wrote: > Derrick 'dman' Hudson wrote: > >> What about timing? If the timing is off, then this could be the >> result, right? > > Yes, it could - but did you do anything to change the timing? > Did you loosen the distributor clamp? I didn't loosen anything around the distributor except the two spring clips holding the cap on (and, of course, the plug wires). Does your question imply that loosening the clamp is easy and that can be done to adjust the timing? >> How can I check? How much money would I need to >> spend on equipment? > > You'd need a timing light. Not expensive, and useful on all cars > (all cars with adjustable timing at least!) Ok. I presume that the light would still be useful, though only to measure, on cars that aren't adjustable, right? >> It'd >> probably be better to have a real mechanic check it than try to do it >> myself, wouldn't it? > > It isn't difficult, and since you seem to have an inclination > towards doing it yourself, I'd say do it yourself. I'm thinking about it. I do have an inclination to learn and do things myself. In fact, I'm taking an auto service class at the local community college, starting at the end of January. I'm debating between potentially digging a deeper hole for myself or just spending some money to have someone else pull me out because is the car isn't mine. Is it easy to correct the timing as well as check it? (note that I don't have any tools to turn the engine over apart from the car's own ignition and starter and I don't have anything to measure compression with, as Colin suggests) -D -- Yes, Java is so bulletproofed that to a C programmer it feels like being in a straightjacket, but it's a really comfy and warm straightjacket, and the world would be a safer place if everyone was straightjacketed most of the time. -- Mark 'Kamikaze' Hughes www: jabber:

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