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New distributor no old one

I've a 91 Mitsubishi Eclipse I've bough anew one but do not have old to refer to. Are there any refere marks on to plese rotor cap in right plese?

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    ummm just a suggestion but it would save alot of time so here it goes GO TO AN AUTO PARTS STORE AND BUY THE BOOK because if you cant understand the directions that were given by frcs68 to you then seriously you should not even be working on a car

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Distributor is use only on 1.8liter 4.
looking from the front of the car.
the cyclinder order is right to left 1,2,3,4
fireing order is 1-3-4-2
the distributor: 1-back, 2-left, 3-right, 4-front

Posted on Dec 02, 2008

  • Frank
    Frank Dec 09, 2008

    I gave you the fireing order and the distributor layout of the engine.

    what else do you want?

    why are you giveing me the inapropriate rating?

    did I give you what you want short of a drawing??

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