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Old 02-10-17, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default Not starting after replacing timing chain

Hi, I changed my timing chain and now my car will not start.
Splutters a bit but will not start. I used the timing tools, pegged the crank, installed the cam chain tensioner tool and the camshaft inlet and exhaust locking tools. Think I locked the dephaser pulleys (pulleys move with the cam both clockwise and anti clockwise). Believe I followed the manual. Got me stumped. How critical is the alignment? I would have thought if it was out a small amount that the car would still start but maybe run rough but it doesn't start at all. When I disconnect the fuel line I see the line is being pressurised. I pulled the valve cover back off and reinstalled the timing tools with the chain tensioner installed and all looks good. I tried starting the car without the air filter on, wouldn't have thought that would be an issue. I keep thinking its something to do with the dephaser pulleys. Any ideas?
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Old 02-10-17, 08:53 AM   #2
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Is the key still being recognised do the beep test
assume nothing check everything twice !!
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Old 02-10-17, 04:30 PM   #3
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(pulleys move with the cam both clockwise and anti clockwise)
a bit confused, when i did this job each pulley will move just one way then the spring inside will pull it back.
i found this a little awkward so i locked the cams and used a wedge of pine between the teeth just to stop it moving around.

but as long as the camshaft flats are up and the crank pin goes in it should start.

worth a reset though.
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Old 02-10-17, 06:23 PM   #4
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I would double check you have fitted sprockets correctly, did you leave them loose and fit the timing tensioner tool then tighten etc.

If you do not have the full guide have a browse or buy this months Car Mechanics Magazine as they have just changed the chain on a 207 project car and it has a step by step guide with pictures which maybe a good reference
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