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Old 04-28-2002, 11:38 AM
MowJo MowJo is offline
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83 ford: whats broken?

I have an old 83' ford with a 4.9 6cyl.

Heres my question. The truck wont start and with the distributor cap off I noticed the rotor isn't moving. Whats more likely, stripped timing gear or broken distributor?

The truck had been driven all day and after a fillup it started and drove about 20' and just died. One other thing I found was that 3 spark plugs were finger loose, which couldn't be good.

Any help is appreciated.
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Old 04-28-2002, 03:30 PM
MowJo MowJo is offline
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Its the timing gear. The teeth are sheared right off.

Now I have a new question... when I install the new gear will I have to realign it? If so whats the best way to realign it?
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Old 05-06-2002, 06:08 AM
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Ever thought about were the sheared off pieces went????
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Old 05-20-2002, 01:31 AM
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To realighn the timing Gears? or did the gear on the bottom of the distributor Shear? Yes either way You need a Book for that truck to show illustrations to lining it all up.
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