Distributor replacement

Tiny
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  • 1991 CADILLAC DEVILLE
  • 4.9L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 108,000 MILES
I removed the distributor, but forgot to mark location of rotor. Replaced distributor, now it won't start. It cranks but won't start. Please give advise. Thanks
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Monday, May 18th, 2020 AT 3:24 PM

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Tiny
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This is a relatively easy process. You just need to set number 1 cylinder to top dead center on the compression stroke and then reset the distributor with the rotor pointing at number 1 plug.

I attached instructions. Let me know if you have questions. Thanks
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Monday, May 18th, 2020 AT 4:03 PM
Tiny
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Hello, this info was great. But my type of engine is hard to rotate because too close to fender and can't gain access to rotate engine.
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Monday, May 18th, 2020 AT 5:29 PM
Tiny
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Oh man. That is tight. You can use the starter. I would disable the ignition (appears it is already) and then just bump it over with the starter. This is not as easy but can be done. Once you get the hang of what the starter does on each "bump" then you will get it where you need it. Unfortunately there is no other safe way to do this. The only other thing I can think of is to lay on the ground and see if you can get a socket on the crank bolt from underneath. Normally there isn't as much in the way but clearly the radiator will still be there but you may be able to slide it in there.

You are going to use the starter, get one of these buttons. It hooks to the battery and the starter control wire and then you can be under the hood and bump the engine over. Again, just make sure your ignition is disabled.

Let me know if you have questions. Thanks
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Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 AT 3:57 PM
Tiny
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Thank you so much buddy for your info. The information was very helpful. And I had success in getting it running, and it's running great. Man you really are a experience mechanic. The vehicle I was working on is my wife's car. And she's very happy. So thanks again.
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 AT 8:47 AM
Tiny
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Oh man. That is great news. Thanks for the update. What was it that got it running?
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Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 AT 7:35 PM

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