How can I get truck started after moving distributor accidently/

Asked by Jul 25, 2014 at 09:59 PM about the 1986 Ford F-150 XL Standard Cab LB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1986 Ford F150 with 302 EFI V-8. I was removing bolt from thermostat housing and bumped distributor (which was loose). Motor is out of time and I can't get it started. Tried spinning distributor and starting, but did not work and smelled gas. Help!

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The motor should have started. Usually even if it's out of time by a long shot it will run like crap until you get the timing light and turn the distributor to the right degree. You must have flooded it. Just try to start it again in the morning without pumping the gas.

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Base timing reset: bring #1 to TDC, reset distributor to #1 firing position, remove spout connector, hookup timing light on #1, start engine and set base timing, tighten distributor hold down and recheck base timing, shut off engine and re-install spout connector. Disconnect battery negative terminal, turn on headlight switch for 30 seconds, turn off headlight switch, reconnect battery negative. Your system now has been reset, it may take a little bit of drive time for the ECM to relearn you vehicle, so don't be concerned if your idle acts a little unstable and power isn't like it was for at least 20 to 30 minutes of drive time. Hope this helps.

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I tried timing the motor as per your specs and I got it started and timed. However, it is not running well at all. When you try to accelerate it backfires through the intake and the motor dies. I ran it for awhile to let the motor relearn, but still the same. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


That sounds like it is timed too slow, did you unplug the spout before setting the timing?

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