I have to put the plug wires back on the distributor.
I had to replace the dist. cap and rotor and had it apart too long to remember where the plug wirs go. Please help. Replaced the distro cap, rotor and plugs, started her up and she runs rough, like she's not hitting on all cylinders. My wires are connected as follows:
#1 cyl to term 1 on distro cap
#3 cyl to term 4
#5 to 6
#7 to 7
#2 to 8
#4 to 3
#6 to 2
#8 to 5
This is the way they came off (to the best of my knowledge). If this is incorrect, please tell me correct cylinder to distro cap config. I tried 1 to 1, 2 to 2, etc... and motor would not crank.
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Re: I have to put the plug wires back on the distributor.
Okay remove your driverside sparkplug the one closes to the front this should be #1 piston put a screw driver in the hole but dont let it bind, slowly click the starter until the srew driver come up all the way up this is top dead center TDC now look at the rotor and where the cap lines up this #1 second is#8 piston on the pass side closes to the fire wall or cab so, on the engine #1 piston234 onthe driver side 5678 on the pass side and in order on the cap it should be 1 8 4 3 6 5 7 2 also make sure you didnt drop the dist in wrong and hav it 180 degrees backwards dont get frustated stop and try again later also make sure this is the right firing order for your dodge i gave you a chevy fire order but i am almost positve this is the order for all v8s
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It is hoped you have replaced the wires that go from your distributor cap to each of your spark plugs AND that the gap on your plugs are set correctly.. Secondly, if you replaced your rotor head, and it is not sparking, it is very possible your rotor isn't making the connection inside the dist. cap.
the only way to verify this is to get your old rotor and put it back on. If it fires, you know your replacement part isn't configured properly.
Take out #1 plug if possible. put straw or something similar in plug hole on top of piston, put a wrench on crankshaft pulley nut and rotate engine. when piston gets to the top it should be on tdc. and rotor pointing to #1 wire on distributor cap. replace plug and adjust dist, if piston is on top, and dist, is off. pull dist so the rotor button points to #1. GOD-bless! OR YOU CAN ALSO ALIGN THE TDC MARK ON CRANKSHAFT DAMPER.
Sounds like you replaced the distributor without setting #1 at TDC? The distributor cap should indicate which plug is the #1 plug wire. If there are no inspection plugs you can pop out to see the timing marks on the camshaft gears you will need to disable the starting system (fuel flow) remove #1 plug and turn it over until #1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke. Then insert the distributor cap with the rotor on it, taking note of where the #1 plug tower is on the cap. Once the dist is installed place the cap on and make sure the end of the rotor is aligned with the #1 tower inside, if it is your good to go. If not take the dist out and turn it a bit left or right then put it in again until it lines up correctly (may take a few tries). Once aligned secure everything, replace spark plug and it should fire up.
Disconnect the battery. take cap off but leave wires intact. Check position of rotor for reinstalling. Loosten bolt under distributor and take out. Lift didtributor and turn rotor counterclockwise to remove dist. Make sure you put back in same identical spot.or vehicle will not run. Mark spot on motor where rotor is if you can't remember. You have to turn rotor counterclockwise to have dist. fall back into same spot. Will be tough to get out at first. Don't spray with penetrating oil. Just pull up and turn.
Replace the spark plugs and wires along with a distributor cap and rotor. Be careful to leave the old wires and plug wires connected to dist.cap, just remove dist. cap from the distributor and lay aside with plug wires on it then install rotor then new cap and proceed to replace each wire for cap and spark plug one at a time so you don't mix up the spark plug wire firing order. Cap laying to the side is used for reference purpose.
remove disturbutor cap mark where rotor is and mark position of dist, remove bolt holding dist, pull dist out. now install new one but make sure rotor ends up pointing in exact poistion as old and dist is postioned they same. good luck.
So you have voltage at the distributor and the rotor is turning. Check for voltage at the end of each plug wire. If you do not have voltage there you are loosing it in the wire or the cap. Is the cap new? Are cap and rotor new? Just be sure you have voltage at every point between the distributor and the plugs. Good luck!