Vin 2703

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Vin 2703

Postby IGB » Sat Apr 11, 2020 9:04 pm

Over the past couple of months in between work and rest of life I have finally got around to replacing all the fuel lines, fuel filter, HT leads, distributor, rotor arm and vacuum lines.

Unfortunately last weekend after completing the rebuild it wouldn't start. I suspected an HT problem, but waited until this weekend to await delivery of a CTEK 5 charger (which I have been going to buy for ages) and HT tester.

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Anyway with battery fully charged the HT tester (very useful tool for £7.59) showed the output from the coil was pulsing as it should.

However on testing all the individual spark plugs only the plug on cylinder 2 was getting a spark. So took a deep breath and disconnected some of the fuel lines to move the fuel distributor out the way. Stripped down the distributor and the rotor arm was in this position.

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Took off the rotor arm and found that I had managed to fit it 90 degrees out. The notch wasn't lined up. What an absolute idiot I am. Correctly fitted it should have been like this

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Re-assembled everything and the engine started with the first turn of the key. So even though the rotor arm is keyed so it should not be possible to fit it incorrectly it can be done. As an Engineer I made a foolish error, but at least the other moral of the story is if it doesn't start after you have worked on it logically check through as it's probably something you have done.

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Re: Vin 2703

Postby A Van » Sun Apr 12, 2020 7:52 am

Glad it’s sorted Ian, and thanks for posting the pictures etc
If it happens to you it will happen to others !

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