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I can't find a good picture that shows the proper way to line up distributor the distributor is fixed in 1 position

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2000 chevy s-10 blazer distributor placement

Hi Jerry,

Welcome to the club! Anybody who has never had this same problem has not worked much on cars! I say this because I have done the same thing several times.

Anyway, there are timing marks on the front crankshaft pulley and on the distributor. (see pictures)

You have to be sure that Number 1 piston is coming up on the compression stroke when you line up the mark on the front crank pulley with the indicator on the timing chain cover. To do this, remove the spark plug from #1cylinder and stick your finger in the hole. Have a helper "bump" the starter untill you feel the compression trying to push your finger out of the hole. Then use a wrench or socket on the crankshaft pulley bolts to get the marks lined up correctly.

If you look at the edge of your distributor with the cap removed, you will see two marks on the edge. One is an "8" and the other is a "6". when you drop the distributor into the hole, the distributor rotor needs to point directly at the "6" mark. (Since your Blazer is equipped with a 3.4L 6-Cyl. engine) (See Picture)

Sometimes the oil pump is not lined up properly to let the distributor drop all the way down in the correct position. There are two ways to handle this:

1. you can stick a LONG screwdriver down into the hole and try to rotate the oil pump into the correct position.

2. You can find the spot where the distributor WILL drop all the way down, then lift it back up and move it forward 1 tooth. the oil pump will also move 1 tooth and let the distributor drop again. Repeat this until the distributor drops into the proper position to get it lined up with the mark on the distributor.



Oct 28, 2011 | 2000 Chevrolet Blazer

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I am looking for a picture or diagram that shows the proper position of the distributor on an 81 datsun 280 zx straight 6 engine. that shows the #1 plug wire position with respect to the engine.

The picture I have is for a 1982 but the engine liters and firing order as far as the numbers are the smae so I am 99.9% sure it's the same. I hope it is for your sake and hope this helps you. Good luck.


Mar 29, 2011 | Nissan 300ZX Cars & Trucks

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97 dodge stratus 2.5 car turns over but does not have spark. There is fuel. I replaced the ECM crankshaft position sensor.

I would start with the rotor and cap. I just worked on one and it was the distributor was bad.

If you need to remove it and rplace it heres how.

Distributor Removal and Installation REMOVAL
  1. Remove bolt holding air inlet resonator to intake manifold.
  2. Loosen clamps holding air cleaner cover to air cleaner housing.
  3. Remove PCV make-up air hose from air inlet tube.
  4. Loosen hose clamp at throttle body.
  5. Remove air inlet tube, resonator and air cleaner cover.
  6. Remove EGR tube.
  7. Remove spark plug cables from distributor cap.
  8. Loosen distributor cap hold-down screws and remove cap.
  9. Mark rotor position for installation reference, then remove rotor.
  10. Remove two harness connectors from distributor.
  11. Remove two sets of distributor hold-down nuts and washers from studs.
  12. Remove bolt and spark plug cable mounting bracket from top of distributor housing.
  13. Remove bolt and transaxle dipstick tube.
  14. Carefully remove distributor from engine.
  1. Install rotor on shaft.
  2. Position distributor in engine and ensure O-ring is properly seated on distributor. Replace O-ring if it is cracked or nicked.
  3. Carefully engage distributor drive with slotted end of camshaft. When the distributor is installed properly, the rotor will be in line with previously marked line on air intake plenum.
  4. If engine was cranked while distributor was removed, establish proper relationship between distributor shaft and No. 1 piston position as follows:
    1. Rotate crankshaft until number one piston is at top of compression stroke.
    2. Rotate rotor to No. 1 rotor terminal.
    3. Lower distributor into opening, engaging distributor drive with drive on camshaft. With distributor fully seated on engine, rotor should be under No. 1 terminal.
  1. Install distributor hold-down washers and nuts. Torque to 9 ft-lbs .
  2. Install spark plug cable bracket.
  3. Install two harness connectors to distributor.
  4. Install distributor cap.
  5. Install transaxle dipstick tube.
  6. Install EGR tube to intake manifold. Torque bolts to 8 ft-lbs .

Mar 06, 2011 | Dodge Stratus Cars & Trucks

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96 jeep Cherokee Distibutor installation instructions with pictures But must br step for step and very detailed.

Remove all the spark plugs. On the front of the engine the bottom pulley (the harmonic balancer connected to the crankshaft) will have a little notch on the rear edge of the balancer. It may not be visible yet. Locate the timing indicator which is on the block near the 2 o'clock position of the balancer (looking at the balancer from the front). Place a socket wrench on the center bolt of the balancer and turn clockwise until the notch lines up with the "0" mark on the timing indicator. Install the number 1 cylinder spark plug (this is the front most plug). Using the socket wrench on the balancer turn clockwise one full turn bring the notch back to the 0 mark. Pay attention to how difficult it is to rotate the engine the last half of the full turn. If it was as easy as the first half of the turn then make one more full revolution. If it is difficult or impossible to bring the notch to the 0 mark then stop, remove the spark plug and finish bring the notch to the 0 mark. The whole point of this exercise is to find Top Dead Center of Cylinder Number 1 on the Compression Stroke. This is necessary for proper installation of the distributor. If you are unable to find any discernible difference in the last half of both revolutions then something is wrong and you can't install the distributor following these instructions. Assuming you successfully found TDC-Number1Cylinder-CompressionCycle proceed. Look down the hole (with a flashlight) where the distributor will go and you will see a slot in the oil pump. We need to line up this slot so that the bottom of the distributor will slip into it. This is trial and error as follows. Put the distributor cap on the distributor - looking down at the top of the distributor rotate the body so that the fork (which is a part of the distributor that the mounting clamp will clamp to) is at the 3 o'clock position. At about the 5 o'clock position is a spark plug wire connector now on the body of the distributor make a mark that lines up with the center of this connector (again at about 5 o'clock). With the distributor cap off and the rotor installed, hold the distributor over the hole where the distributor goes (but not in it yet) and rotate the body of the distributor so that the fork is positioned directly over the bolt hole for the clamp (the clamp must be removed to insert the distributor). Now rotate the rotor so that metal end of the rotor is at about the 3:30 position and lower the distributor while very slightly turning the rotor from 3:15 to 3:45 position you should feel the distributor gear engage with the camshaft in the engine. Now let go of the rotor and push down on the distributor. If the fork doesn't seat against the engine block then the slot in the oil pump isn't line up with the bottom of the distributor (where you will see a tip like a screw driver blade). Pull the distributor back out and stick a long screw driver down the hold to engage the oil pump and turn it so the slot is somewhere around 4 o'clock and reinsert the distributor following the previous instructions. Eventually you should get the distributor to completely seat against the engine block. Now if the rotor end is not centered over the mark made on the distributor body you must pull out the distributor and repeat the insertion process starting with the rotor positioned more clockwise or counterclockwise as needed. When the distributor is properly installed the fork will be splitting the clamp hole and the rotor end will be centered over the mark made on the body of the distributor. Clamp the distributor in position. Installed the distributor cap. Install the spark plugs and spark plug wires.

Jan 18, 2011 | 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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I recently replace the timing chain in my nissan pick. I moved the distributor when I was removing the front cover and now it won't start. How do I fix this?

find top dead center on clyinder 1 a good way to do this is take off valve cover and line up cam notch with mark on head check to make sure crank shaft timing also is lined up.Pull out distributor and re install so that the rotor inside the distributor is pointing to number 1 plug wire.(find the number 1 spark plug.You will need to remove the distributor cap.Make sure that the distributor is all the way in when checking rotor position.

Oct 11, 2010 | 1997 Nissan Pickup

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When setting the ignition timing on a 1991 ford ranger 3.0 were dose the rotor need to point, after number one or before number one? the engine is on top dead center

The engine timing markers down on the harmonic balancer/crankshaft pulley should be aligned with the timing indicator on the engine block to "0" degrees when the engine is in the compression stroke for the #1 cylinder, and this is TDC or "Top Dead Center". When something blows out of the spark plug hole that only means that the piston is coming up on TDC, but the crankshaft will still have to be turned until the timing markers are at "0" degrees. You should be sure that you do know how to properly align the timing marks to "0" degrees, and the timing marks must be set at "0" degrees before the distributor can successfully be installed.

Be certain that the timing marks are set at "0" degrees and on the compression stroke for the #1 cylinder, or the timing will be 180 degrees off when you install the distributor. This has to be precise and guessing will not get the distributor properly clocked in so that the ignition timing can be correctly set.

Once you are certain that the timing is set to "0" degrees "TDC", then mark the distributor housing where the #1 position on the distributor cap will be when the cap is installed on the distributor, so that the distributor housing shows a reference mark where the #1 position is, then the distributor should be installed so that the ignition rotor is pointing directly at the #1 position on the distributor housing, or just before the #1 position mark according to the rotation of the ignition rotor. The distributor should be able to turn and point the ignition rotor on either side of the #1 position mark to provide plenty of timing advance or ****** so that the ignition timing can properly be adjusted to specifications after the engine has been started.

Be sure that you follow the proper timing procedure for that vehicle and remove any timing spout connectors that are described in the set timing procedures

Also, be certain that you are actually using the #1 cylinder to set the engine to TDC and to actually time the engine with a timing light. Here is a firing order diagram that should also help to assist you. Let me know if you require any further assistance.


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1997 chevy c 10 truck wont start and back firing just put in new distributor It died this morning had to be towed home what is wrong ???

You should begin by static timing it. Mark #1 location at distributor on engine or something you can refer to later. Remove Dist. cap make sure the distributor rotor is rotating when engine cranks, If it does not the timing chain broke. If it rotates:
1. pull #1 plug, place thumb over plug hole and rotate balancer with socket wrench till it blows your finger off hole. This is #1 TDC compression stroke.
2. look at distributor rotor--it should be pointing at #1 location mark you made earlier if it is you have a spark issue.
3. If it is not pointing to #1 you remove Dist. hold down bolt under Dist. and carefully pull the dist. up while rotating rotor.
4. You will need to advance the dist. a few teeth past#1 (rotating Rotor) then re-install dist. if it doesn't line up to #1 keep repeating step 4 till it does. After you get it right you should be good to go. A timing gun will be needed after to clock in the timing after installing the distributor.
Good luck!!!

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Had a hole in hose connecting the gas tank and the fuel line I fixed that and the car still wont start it will turn over but it sounds like its not getting gas to start it

Your car need to build up enoug pressure in the line and the tank for the Fual distributor to work properly. The distributor not working right is what you are experiencing. Are you sure the fix is proper?
Let pay attention to the pressure when you open the tank cap to fill gas in. How does it sound compare to the good old day. You find the problem right there...

Jul 04, 2009 | 1995 Ford Escort

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Unable to verify timing on an 89 wrangler 2.5L

are you sure you bought the right timing chain and gears? if the chilton says one things and you count differently then you could have bought the wrong set . just something to consider is all

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Timing is apparntly too advanced no matter how the distributor is set yet runs rougher when turned back.

The timing belt may not be installed properly, the tensioner may be bad, or, you may have forgotton to remove the pin that you should have inserted into the tensioner after squeezing it in a vice or press.

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