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How does a 85 Ford ranger distributor cap turn to change timing.

I have the bolts out of my distrubutor cap but it won't spin to change my timing, and looking at it it doesn't appear to me that, that is how it is suppost to work. the bolts go right though a stationary object. Is this how my timing is suppost to be changed or do I spin the router inside to change it or what? Thanks for your help.

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The bolt you have to losen is underneath the distributor body. Those are just the screws to hold the cap on.

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Under the distributor.

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You may have got the spark plug wires out of sequence.
Reseat the coil wire going to the center of the distributor cap Check the spark plug wires at the distributor against the firing order as follows:
The spark plug firing order is 1 - 4 - 2 - 5 - 3 - 6 The distributor rotor turns CLOCKWISE The engine cylinders / spark plugs are numbered :
firewall 3 - 6 2 - 5 1 - 4 front
Best wishes,
TF

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