Distributor problems

Tiny
CHRISBILOW
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  • 1997 DODGE DAKOTA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 120,000 MILES
I recently installed a distributor in my 1997 dodge dakota truck 4 cyl and it has not run right since. It runs pretty good until it gets warmed up then it starts skipping and back firing then it shuts off and will not crank for a couple of hours. It also will skip if I hit a bump in the road. I thought it might be a defective distributor but I got another one and it does the same thing. The book tells me to put the #1 cyl on TDC on the compression stroke, line up the hole on dis, put the oil pump at 10:00, and put the dis. Bracket at 1:00 and turn it clockwise untill it lines up with the bolt hole. When I do this the bracket and the bolt hole does not line up and I have to turn it back just a little bit conter clockwise to line it up. But the truck will crank and run for about 10 min till its starts skipping and back firing. If I put the #1 cyl on TDC but not on the compression stroke everything lines up perfect but the truck will not run at all. What am I doing wrong?
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Monday, November 29th, 2010 AT 8:55 PM

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Tiny
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You need to redo the valve timing-you need to put the no.1 piston on its compression stroke/TDC line the harmonic balancer to 0/TDC deg and make sure the rotor is pointing to no.1 cap tower
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Monday, November 29th, 2010 AT 9:28 PM
Tiny
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Try adjusting the ignition timing to the no. Degs as specified in the repair manual- unable-you are probably a notch off on the valve timing
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 AT 7:54 PM
Tiny
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Thanks, I will give it a try.
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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 AT 5:18 AM

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