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How to replace my distributer in my V6 Ford Ranger?

I went an found top dead center for my #1 cylinder and my distributer and rotor was off by half a turn. So like a dummy i pulled my distributer out to turn it to where my rotor would be lined up with #1 cylinder. But now I cant get it back in because when I pulled out the distributer the square bar that goes into the bottom of the distributer didn't come out with it. I tried using a strong magnet to get the square rd out ,but with no luck. Does anyone know of a solution that can help me get it all back together. thanks for any help.

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The distributor may have been in the correct position to begin with, if you were on the exhaust stroke of #1 at TDC.
A square bar...can't imagine that. When you pull a distributor out, nothing is supposed to come out with it except the shaft with the turning gear, or the slotted end of shaft. Does yours have the shaft with the bar that fits into a slot down in the dizzy hole?
I can explain how to find the compression stroke of #1, if that's what you need, but post back, and we'll see if we're on the same page, so to speak.

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    Chris Mullen Jan 10, 2013

    Ok I got it at top dead center and all is good. The truck starts right up and Idles perfectly. But I have absolutley no POWER! I have done all the normal tune up stuff like air filter,plugs,wires,distributer cap,rotor,fuel filter,oil change. I have no power when I give it gas it acts like its starving for gas or the carb wants to choke it out. it stumbles and acts like its flooding itself. I'm just about ready to send it to the junk yard but I like my truck any Ideas?

  • montehammons Jan 10, 2013

    Check the timing, make sure it is spot on per ford specs (I don't know what it is, probably 8 or 10 degrees, BTDC). If still acting up, it might need a carburetor kit, or the fuel level in the carb may need adjusting. Is the choke completely off when it's warmed up?

  • montehammons Jan 10, 2013

    Oh my gosh, I just remembered this set up has a feed back carburetor, doesn't it? Where the early style (read junk, lol) computer had a controller on the carb to set the air fuel mixture. I sure hope you don't have to delve too deep into cross overs from carb to fuel injection. lol. Be sure and check the timing the ford way, partner, and you'll figure it out. don't worry about the fuel mix unless you can isolate it to that. cheers!

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SOURCE: I have a 1986 V6 Ford Ranger 2.9L. I was told that

You need to turn the engine over to find Top dead center,
Then remove the cap and see if the rotor is pointing to #1,Then verify the wires have started in that position and are rotating in the right direction.

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SOURCE: 1998 Ford Ranger 2.5 automatice vehicle misfires

Could be plugged or bad injectors !!??

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