Question about 1988 Ford F 150
There are a couple of ways to do the same thing for checking this. Some will turn the crankshaft with a breaker bar and see if there is a delay for the distributor rotor to move. Others will simply grab the distributor rotor and see if there appears to be play in the timing chain by rocking the rotor forward and in reverse.
Since the breaker plate will move with the points, do not confuse the breaker plate movement with the shaft stem movement.
There is a lot of room for error. The gears on the camshaft and/or the distributor gear can be worn and the timing chain can be fine. Sometimes the spring pin holding the gear on the distributor can be worn. Any of these can cause timing differences.
The Distributors can be checked but it takes a machine that is almost extinct in today's repair shops.
I mostly use the crankshaft method, forwards and backwards to see if the distributor rotor follows my actions on the crankshaft.
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Posted on Jan 10, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Posted on Jan 10, 2010
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