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The new distributor will not seat all the way.do i now need to turn the engine by hand to allow it to fall into place?

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Make sure the rotor is pointing the same direction as when you took it out. Yes you will have to turn the engine by hand and put slight pressure on the distributor until it falls into place.

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Cam6 crank12 distributor wont fall on 6 tab 4.3l


Your oil pump drive is likely not aligned properly. Have someone jog (crank the engine little bits at a time) the starter while you are pushing down on distributor it should then drop onto the oil pump drive. You can also use a 5/8 socket on the center bolt in the crankshaft pulley and turn the engine manually instead of using the key. Remember to push down on the distributor while turning the engine.

You can also try with a light and a long flat tipped screw driver moving the pump drive manually. Remove the distributor and shine the light in the hole you should see a slotted shaft in the center of the hole way down in the engine. Compare it to the bottom of the distributor and you will see the drive slot @ the bottom of it. You now need to figure out where to manually position the pump drive in the hole to line up with the slot on the bottom of the distributor when it is seated properly in the distributor hole.

I prefer the first method. It is quicker and a little easier than the second.

Jul 28, 2014 | 1997 GMC Sierra

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How to Reinstall a Distributor if Crankshaft Moved.


Applys to all Distributor Engines.

Follow this easy instruccions if you want to reinstall a distributor on a vehicle where the crankshaft was moved from the position it was when the distributor was removed.

Remove #1 spark plug

Place your finger over the spark plug hole while turning the engine with a wrench on the pulley bolt at the front of the engine.

When you feel compression continue turning the crankshaft slowly until the timing mark on the vibration damper is aligned with the "0" on the engine timing indicator.

Position the disttributor rotor between the number 1 & 8 (for 8 Cil.) 1 & 6 (for 6 Cil.) or 1 & 4 (for 4 Cil.) spark plug terminals on the cap.

Lower Dist. into engine. To set the gear on the bottom of the distribuitor, you may need to turn the rotor a little bit. If the distributor does not drop down flush against the block is because the distributor shaft has not mated the oil pump shaft, if this happens, place a large socket w/braker bar on the crankshaft bolt and turn the engine over in the normal direction of rotation until the two shafts engage properly and the distributor sits flush against block.

With the base of the distributor properly seated, turn dist. housing to align the marks you made in dist. base and engine block. (you did make this marks before removal right? : )

Place the hold down clamp and install the hold down bolt not too tight.
Install dist. cap an reconect electrical plugs, spark plug wires, etc.

Check ignition timing and when set, tighten dist. hold down bolt.

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Need firing order on 96 Chevy Silverado and how to place the distributor


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Inspect/Replace

To Remove
  • Disconnect the distributor wiring connector and the vacuum advance hose, if the vehicle is so equipped.
  • Remove the distributor cap and note the position of the rotor. Mark the position on the distributor housing.
  • On some vehicles, it may be necessary to remove the spark plug wires from the cap prior to cap removal.
  • Note the position of the vacuum advance, then remove the distributor holddown bolt and clamp.
  • Pull the distributor from the engine. Most distributors will need to be twisted as they are pulled out of their bore.
  • Once the distributor is removed, install a shop towel in the distributor opening to keep foreign material out of the engine block.
  • The entire assembly should be cleaned thoroughly. Make sure all solvent residue is completely removed.
Installing and Timing a Distributor
The following procedure may be followed to install the distributor and time it to the engine, if all reference marks were made during the removal of the distributor:
  • Lubricate the O-ring on the distributor shaft.
  • Position the rotor so that it is aligned with the mark made on the distributor housing prior to removal.
  • Align the distributor housing with the mark made on the engine block during removal.
  • Lower the distributor into the engine block, making sure the distributor drive is fully seated.
  • Distributors equipped with a helical drive gear will rotate at the distributor is being installed, causing the distributor to move away from the reference marks.
  • Pay attention to how much the rotor moves.
  • Remove the distributor and move the rotor backward the same amount. This should allow the shaft to rotate while the distributor is being installed and still be aligned with the reference marks.
  • Make sure the distributor housing is fully seated against the engine block. Sometimes it may be necessary to wiggle or rock the distributor to seat it fully into the drive gear.
  • Distributors with drive lugs must be mated with the drive grooves in the camshaft. Both are offset to eliminate the possibility of installing a distributor 180 degrees out of time.
f22-52.gif The distributor must be aligned with the camshaft drive to seat the distributor in the engine block or cylinder head.
  • Rotate the distributor a small amount so the timer core teeth and pick-up teeth are aligned.
  • Install the distributor holddown clamp and bolt, leaving the bolt slightly loose.
  • Install the spark plug wires in the direction of distributor shaft rotation and in the cylinder firing order.
  • Connect the distributor wiring connectors. The vacuum advance hose is usually left disconnected until the timing is set with the engine running.
If the engine has been cranked while the distributor is removed, or no marks were made during removal, use this procedure to reinstall the distributor:
To be sure that the number one cylinder is on its compression stroke, observe the rocker arms to see that they are both moving. Then, rotate the crankshaft one revolution until the rocker arms for the companion to cylinder number one are both moving at TDC (top dead center). Align the timing mark and install the distributor with its rotor pointing to the number one spark plug cable in the distributor cap.
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  • Remove the spark plug from cylinder #1. Install a test plug in the end of the spark plug wire and position the test plug away from you and cylinder #1.
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  • Place your thumb over the bore for the spark plug and crank the engine until compression is felt.
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  • Lightly crank the engine while observing the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley. Once the timing marks are aligned, stop cranking.
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  • Identify the position for the #1 spark plug wire on the distributor cap.
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  • Determine which way the distributor shaft will rotate when it is lowered onto the camshaft gear. Then position the rotor so that it will be under the #1 terminal on the distributor cap after the distributor gear is meshed with the camshaft gear.
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  • After the distributor is installed in the engine, turn the distributor housing slightly so the pickup coil is aligned with the reluctor.
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  • Install the distributor holddown clamp and bolt. Hand tighten the bolt.
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  • Connect the pickup leads to the wiring harness.
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  • Install the spark plug wires onto the distributor cap according to the engine's firing order. Check to make sure everything that was disconnected before the distributor was removed, is now connected. Connect a timing light and prepare the engine for an ignition timing check and adjustment.

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How to replace distributor


remove the air cleaner and mark where the plug wires are on the distributor cap. if you get lost the firing order on the v8 is 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 remove the distributor cap. unplug the distributor and using a white grease marker mark where the tab on the rotor is pointing. i usually make sure its where i can mark the intake so i can line it up later. go to the parts store and either rent or buy a distributor tool to remove the bolt holding the lock down clip at the base of the distributor. dont let it fall Murphy law says it will fall where you cant get a hold of it lol. after removing the lock down clip the get a hold of the distributor and wiggle it back and forth while pulling up on it it should slide out. when you reinstall it make sure you line it up with tab and your mark. as you put it down in it slides into the tooth of the cam and will rotate as you slide it in so you have to be one tooth before your mark and it should slide into the mark. make sure you use the new gasket with the new one and dont over tighten the lock down bolt. good luck

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My distributor will not seat


Two ways to go with that. Either hold the distributor down with firm but not excessive pressure and have someone turn the engine by hand 'till it drops into place, or, pull the dist back out and turn the oil pump drive in the engine with a long screwdriver and keep trying it till it drops in all the way. The first way is faster.

Jan 02, 2011 | 1993 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Im installing a distributor on my truck, distributor wont go down aldaway down,i got truck on tdc but still doing something wrong,thank you


make sure cylinder #1 is top dead center. Install your dist so that the rotor is pointing straight foreword then it should fully seat, if you are still having problems then you may have to turn the engine by hand back and forth a little until it seats. Good Luck Tim

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I replaced my head gaskets on a 85 ford ranger 2.8 v6. When removing my distributor I neglected to mark it.. Now my timing is off. How do I solve this??!


Turn your motor by hand to bring up TDC #1 fire. Set your distributor in place. Remember it will turn with the direction of the cam gear approx 1/2 post when it seats so you need to compensate for this. Set your cap on and follow down #1 post and mark your housing. Remove cap and turn dist until rotor centers on mark. Start and time (remember to remove timing plug) with timing light. Did you remember to use new head bolts?

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How to remove distributor on a 1998 gmc pick up with 5.0 engine, do I have to mark anything or just take off bolt and pull out.


You need to mark in 2 places. With the cap off mark the position of the rotor button on the distributor housing first. Then you need to make a mark on the distributor housing that will line up with a mark on the engine itself.
When you put the distributor back in back the rotor button up before you put it in because the cam gear will turn it ahead as it seats. For example, if the rotor button is at 3 o'clock then back it up to 1 o;clock.
Don't force the distributor down at the end because you can damage the end that drives the oil pump. Fidle and wiggle it as you push and it should line up and drop onto the oil pump. Also DON'T turn the engine over while it's out or you will have to retime the engine. Hope this helps.

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How do I put a distributor in a 1989 chevy 350 5.7L 1500 pickup. So I will get the correct firing order on the spark plugs


Remove the valve cover on the driver's side and turn the engine over by hand until you see the intake open on #1 cylinder. and then close followed by the exhaust valve starting to open. #1 is front driver's side.Back up a little and set the crank timimg mark on 0 on the degree marker. That should be TDC. Put the rotor button on the distributor and set it roughly at the 3 o'clock position and put it in. As it meshes with the cam gear it will turn and once fully seated should be at 5 o'clock. that is the position of #1 plug wire. If it's not at 5 o'clock pull it out and turn the rotor button slightly to catch a new tooth and reinsert. DO NOT force the distributor into position. Wiggle and push,turn the rotor slightly and it will go into place. Patience is the key here and make sure it is fully seated on the intake. Once it is in place the firing order is1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 and the distributor runs clockwise. Odd cylinder's are on the driver's side and even on the passenger's.
You may have to adjust the distributor a little one way or the other to get the engine to fire. That's normal. Once you get it running you can set the timing with your light. If you have no light then advance the distributor until it start's to sputter and do the same in ******. Then set your timing in the middle of that space, that will get you close. Hope this helps.

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