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Static timing. 1991 Montero 3.0 distributor cap has different pickup points (inside)than posts on outside. how do i static time it?

Replacing engine. donor motor is ready after head work and i yanked both distributors. got tdc figured out but upon looking on inside of distribbutor i noticed different pickup points than normal distributor. they do'nt correlate with exact spot where posts are on top (outside) so I'm wondering if stater is supposed to be pointed to #1 post or actual pickup lead thats hidden in plastic inside cap

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SOURCE: 1993 Toyota Corolla, No Spark

Pull the cap and look at the connector on the inside, they like to go gooey.
Also more than once I have had modules "tested" that said good only to find out' they were bad.

Check all connections are clean, and that battery is charged - and holding charge. If it is more than 3 yrs old- suspect it.

Try it after cleaning and charging battery.

If still no-go, look for any connections from distributor to ECU. They can run without connection, so try without it. If it fires up - problem lies with the ECU inhibiting the distributor.

Check that all leads are open circuit - and not shorting or providing a current leak.

Hoe this helps.

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SOURCE: setting the distributor in a v 8 vortech engine

the first cylinder on top dead center put the distributor rotor should be positioned first cylinder.

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SOURCE: 1995 Ford F350 5spd. distributor cap wiring diagram/layout!!!

1) #1-4 pass side front to rear #5-8 drivers side front to rear
2) 1-3-7-2-6-5-4-8
3)#1 is usually marked on cap wires go ccw
4) TDC #1 cyl you must remove the shorting plug before timing
it is located by the dist plug or the ignition module small gray plug

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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SOURCE: 1982 mazda 929 MV motor,

Sounds like the ECU is struggling to maintain a constant speed when the throttle is open on cretain spots. Does this vehicle have a TPS (throttle position sensor)? If it does then it probably needs to be put on a scope and properly adjusted for continuity. Or could be that some other factory settings have been tampered with on some smog components. Either case, its most likely your air/fuel ratio.

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: no spark at any spark plugs.

Test the pickup with test meter.

Posted on Dec 07, 2009

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