I just finished putting everything back together after replacing the
intake manifold gasket ('99 Chevy K1500, old body style, 80K miles).
one thing to remember for somebody trying to do this is that it is
very important to mark the distributor in relation to the manifold,
and the rotor in relation to the distributor base BEFORE AND AFTER the
distributor is taken out. so you need three marks: 1 is distributor
base to manifold, 2 is rotor to distributor base before distributor is
removed, and 3 is rotor to distributor base after distrbutor is
i made the mistake of only making the first two marks. after the
distributor was taken out, the rotor was accidentally turned, turning
also the distributor shaft, and now i had no idea how to aling the
rotor so that, on insertion, the marks made before the distributor was
taken out would align. after a lot of fidgeting with the distributor
(taking it out, turning it slightly, putting it back in, repeated
several times), i finally was able to align the marks i had made.
however, the truck is not starting. it is turning over, but does not
start. i believe the rotor is completely out of whack with the
so if anybody has any hints on how to aling the rotor, i would
appreciate them. can i simply align the timing marks by turning over
the engine at the camshaft pulley and then making sure the rotor is
pointing at the #1 terminal? do i have to "feel" for compression at
the #1 spark plug hole and then align the rotor to the #1 terminal?
how does one go about feeling for compression at the spark plug hole?
any help would be appreciated. thanks!