How to Reinstall a Distributor if Crankshaft Moved.
Applys to all Distributor Engines.
Follow this easy instruccions if you want to reinstall a distributor on a vehicle where the crankshaft was moved from the position it was when the distributor was removed.
Remove #1 spark plug
Place your finger over the spark plug hole while turning the engine with a wrench on the pulley bolt at the front of the engine.
When you feel compression continue turning the crankshaft slowly until the timing mark on the vibration damper is aligned with the "0" on the engine timing indicator.
Position the disttributor rotor between the number 1 & 8 (for 8 Cil.) 1 & 6 (for 6 Cil.) or 1 & 4 (for 4 Cil.) spark plug terminals on the cap.
Lower Dist. into engine. To set the gear on the bottom of the distribuitor, you may need to turn the rotor a little bit. If the distributor does not drop down flush against the block is because the distributor shaft has not mated the oil pump shaft, if this happens, place a large socket w/braker bar on the crankshaft bolt and turn the engine over in the normal direction of rotation until the two shafts engage properly and the distributor sits flush against block.
With the base of the distributor properly seated, turn dist. housing to align the marks you made in dist. base and engine block. (you did make this marks before removal right? : )
Place the hold down clamp and install the hold down bolt not too tight.
Install dist. cap an reconect electrical plugs, spark plug wires, etc.
Check ignition timing and when set, tighten dist. hold down bolt.
on Apr 20, 2010 | Chevrolet 1500 Cars & Trucks