Timing question ('99 4x4 v8 5.9)
As I am still struggling to identify a constant vibrating of my motor and the way through my steering wheel up my arm into my brain, making me forget my wife's birthday (GUYS! This excuse actually works!)...I now HAVE to ask here again:
I removed my Dist cap, removed Sparkplug #1, Stuck mah finger in #1's hole to check for compression cycle (NOT expecting my hand to be blown back! You don't have to stick your finger into the hole to a seal. Scared the crap out of me.).
I got my woman to bumbp the engine until I DEFINATELY felt that Cylinder 1 was on compression top. Check the rotor on Distributer which also pointe at the correct mark. Check the harmonic balancer and no mark visible. Not even close to the TDC mark on the engine.
Did this a couple of time and WHEN the marks finally lined up perfectly...the rotor was not in the right position.
Due to a forced start a couple of month ago IS it possible that maybe something jumped and is out of timing now?
It does not misfire (at least I hear no loud bang besides that of my neighbors at times...and that is a bad visual), no loss of power that I can tell (the Durango is just WAITING for there to be the slightest amount of lose dirt and it wants to spin it's tires.).
Someone told me via e-mail (not from here. it was a book mechanic) that it would be my harmonic balancer and that I would need a new one.
I understand the reason for a Balancer and what it is supposed to do...what bothers me though is that the marks on the balancer AND the TDC marks on engine will not line up with the mark/rotor on the distributor.
What ARE the signs of a bad balancer?
Could the timing be off so far that the marks would not line up?
Thanks for any help and advise!
(need a mechanic in yuma, az)