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Cleaning the distributor Cap

Where exactly is the distributor on this engine and how difficult is it to locate the distributor in order to clean the cap

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SOURCE: distributor cap wiring diagram

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SOURCE: Ignition Distributor location

There is no cap and rotor, as the vehicles igntion system is DIS (digital ignition system). The recommended tune-up on these motors require sparkplug and coil replacement. The coil type in this vehicle is COPs (coil over plugs). Usually moist and oxidation develope on the sparkplug chamber walls from faulty or worn coil boots. This causes the coil to short, they must be replaced at 75,000 miles at the same time the sparkplugs are replaced. Typical symtoms are: Vehicle stalls (restarts and runs normal), intermitted jerks/sputter while driving, misfires, rough idle, severe power loss. Hopefully this helps

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SOURCE: distributor cap firing order 5.0 engine , wiring

1995 Ford F 150 Pickup 5.0 liter V-8 VIN "N"


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How to clean a distributor

This must be an older car as most newer models use direct ignition, coil pacs and cam sensors . To clean an older distributor remove ignition plug wires (be sure to label them so you put them back on the correct terminals). Remove cap and check for pitting and burning of contacts on the inside. you can use emery paper to clean light pitting. If badly pitted replace cap. do the same for the rotor the rotor may need to be replaced and is cheap. Wipe out any carbon on the cap. Check tiny wires that attach to ignition module inside distributor body for wear also the pick-up coil. Be very careful as they are fragile and easily broken. If you want to remove the whole distributor assembly . You need to mark the position of the shaft of the rotor to the engine with a white grease pencil so you return it to the exact position. Remove retaing clamp and pull distributor assembly straight up from the engiine block. be careful as there may be a washer or pin in between. Clean with solvent on the bottom grease and return to original positon. Reassemble in reverse order.

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Cleaning distributor cap

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Nov 20, 2013 | 1999 Ford Escort

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How 2 put back on a distributor cap n where is it located

Depending on what you have you might not even have one but if you do follow spark plug wires to where they all meet up (Distributor Cap) is where they all come together. On the sides of the Cap there should be springs that can be released, if you don't know your firing order then mark with masking tape each wire to where on the cap it goes so you can match it up on the new. Usually you will replace the Rotor as well its under the Distributor Cap in the middle usually you just pull it up and off and the reverse to put new one on. Once you've done this put the Distributor Cap back on and lock springs down. Hope this helps but difficult to answer not knowing what your driving, Engine etc.

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1969 buick electra 430 engine do not no were #1 is on distributor cap and when piston is at TDC should it be pointed at #1 on the compression stroke.


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Not sure how to replce spark plug wires from the distributor need help please send info

change one spark wire at a time on the new set of spark plugs wires remove them from box.match old wires with new wires to use the correct length to each if you need to change distributor cap.mark location distributor cap.number tag plug wires on the distributor cap so you can remove plug wires on distributor cap so you can replace cap and rotor and put wires back on the distributor cap in correct place.remember change one plug wire at a time so you wont get confuse.

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I have a 1992 Ford Aerostar 3.0 liter 6Cyl. Where is #1 on distri

Facing the engine from the front, with the cap on, the #1 slot is on the left hand side of the cap, the last one just before the clip, the distributor rotates clockwise. After #1 then 4,2,5,3,6, going clockwise.

Apr 11, 2010 | 1992 Ford Aerostar Extended

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Removed my spark plug wires and changed them out out on my 91' ford f-150 but forgot how they go back and dont have a diagram

if the distributor hasnt been modified,then find # 1 on the distributor cap and plug wires in this order:18456273 and #1 cylinder starts on the passenger side in the front and the order on the cylinders is 1234 on the passengers side starting from the front of the engine and 5678 on the drivers side starting from the front of the engine,if the distributor has been taken out and turned at 1 time then put the crank on 0 degrees and pull off the distributor cap and locate where the rotor points,if it faces towards the rear of the engine then go ahead and follow the firing order i provided,if it faces towards the front of the engine then the crank is off 180 degrees so you would want to start the #1 plug wire exactly the opposite side of the distributor,then go clockwise with the firing order.

Aug 29, 2009 | 1991 Ford F150

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I need to install a distrubuter, need to know how to find top dead centre etc.

Distributor Cap grey_line.gif Inspect | Replace The distributor cap should be removed for visual inspection. Check the cap for:


Inspect the distributor cap and rotor. Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
  • Distributor cap locating tab. This tab assures proper location of the cap onto the distributor housing.
  • Distributor cap holddown. The distributor cap must be securely attached to the distributor housing to prevent contamination and to assure its location.
  • Dirt and water in the cap. These contaminants will require additional voltage in order to fire the spark plug. If available voltage is not enough to overcome this resistance then no spark will occur at the spark plug.
  • Center carbon insert. All of the high voltage coming through the coil on its way to the spark plug must pass through this insert. Any additional resistance caused by wear or contamination can cause the engine not to start or to misfire.
  • Tower inserts. The inserts are made from aluminum or bass so it is possible for them to oxidize. Aluminum oxide is an abrasive that can cause excessive damage to the distributor. If the insert is made from brass then the oxidation will appear green in color.
  • Cracks. If any cracks are present on the distributor cap then replacement of the part is required.
  • Carbon tracking. Carbon tracking indicates that the high-voltage of electricity has found a low-resistance conductive path over or through the plastic. The result is a cylinder that fires at the wrong time, or a misfire.
Also check for:
  • Physical or electrical damage is easily recognizable.
  • Electrical damage from high voltage can include corroded or burned metal terminals and carbon tracking inside distributor caps.


Things to look for when inspecting a distributor cap.
  • If the distributor cap has a mild buildup of dirt or corrosion, it should be cleaned. If it cannot be cleaned up, it should be replaced. Small round brushes are available to clean cap terminals.
  • Wipe the cap and with a clean shop towel, but avoid cleaning these components in solvent or blowing them off with compressed air, which may contain moisture. Cleaning these components with solvent or compressed air may result in high-voltage leaks.
  • Check the distributor cap and housing vents. Make sure they are not blocked or clogged. If they are, the internal ignition module will overheat. It is good practice to check these vents whenever a module is replaced.
Replace Distributor cap replacement instructions vary, so always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
General replacement procedures are as follows:
  • For spring-loaded caps, unsnap the clips and remove the cap. When installing the new cap, make sure the clips are snapped back into place.
  • For spring-loaded j-hook caps, push down and turn. It will unlock. Lift up to remove it. Position the new cap in place, then push down and turn to lock.
  • For caps with screws, use a screwdriver to loosen the two screws. Install the new cap and use the screwdriver to tighten the screws. Don't overtighten.
It is a good idea when replacing the distributor cap to remove the cap with the ignition wires attached. After you have installed the new cap, transfer the wires one by one onto the cap in their correct position. This way the firing order is accurate. If, for some reason after you replace the distributor cap, your vehicle does not function normally, check your firing sequence.
The distributor cap is mounted on top of the distributor assembly and an alignment notch in the cap fits over a matching lug on the housing. Therefore the cap can only be installed in one position, which assures the correct firing sequence. There is a tab or notch somewhere on the distributor body that must align somewhere on the distributor body that must align with a corresponding tab or notch in the cap. Once again, do not force something.
The rotor should be inspected and/or replaced when the distributor cap is replaced.

Firing Order Each cylinder of an engine must produce power once in every 720 degrees of crankshaft rotation. Each cylinder must have a power stroke at its own appropriate time during the rotation. To make this possible, the pistons and rods are arranged in a precise fashion. This is called the engine's firing order. The firing order is arranged to reduce rocking and imbalance problems. Because the potential for this rocking is determined by the design and construction of the engine, the firing order varies from engine to engine. Vehicle manufacturers simplify cylinder identification by numbering each cylinder.


Examples of typical firing order.
Regardless of the particular firing order used, the #1 cylinder always starts the firing order, with the rest of the cylinders following in a fixed sequence. The ignition system must be able to monitor the rotation of the crankshaft and the relative position of each piston to determine which piston is on its compression stroke. It must also be able to deliver a high-voltage surge to each cylinder at the proper time during its compression stroke. How the ignition system does these things depends on the design of the system.

Nov 19, 2008 | Ford F Cars & Trucks

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