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Im trying to set the timing in my 87 f250 i loosend the distributor bolt and the distributor will not turn why?

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There is a square area on the shaft just above the bracket that holds it into the motor,Just put a wrench on that square and free it up.

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How to remove & install distributor on 1998 Suzuki jlx

answsered here 100s of times now, ok.
does the engine run now< and not fiddle by the wild bunch?
then that is very easy,
first mark all wires. 1,2,3,4 (1,3,4,2 ) is firing order
the rotor turns CCW (do not read GM book lies)
the front cylinder is #1
mark cap tower #1 (the front wire goes there)
  1. now remove cap (distributor)
  2. turn engine by hand until rotor points to #1 location.
  3. This is TDC #1 firing point. (see crank pulley notch at 0?)
  4. I also mark #1 on rim of dissy. (cuz, im careful) and (ask)
  5. remove the clamp bolt and side plug.
  6. pull dizzy out. (distributor slang)
  7. put new dizzy in, allowing for the 13tooth gears to mesh and turn and landing with rotor on #1 mark! . (3 tries, sure)
  8. set clamp bolt, plug in side plug.
  9. Cap back on wires same as before, do not scramble the wires.
  10. new rotor on installed wrong, cheap rotors are just that the install wrong, and never a BOSCH rotor , it fits 1 way only.
  11. The engine now starts.
  12. set static timing using the timing freeze jumper detailed below.
  13. open hood (usa,) look up,see that EPA sticker and timing spec, bingo.

covers all ways (vast) to mess it up, too, not just the simple replace.

good luck.

Feb 24, 2015 | Suzuki Cars & Trucks

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I have a 1982 ford f250 stoped running on highway,what could be the problem and where should i start?thank you

no spark? ignition module bolted to the side of the distributor or mounted on the fender? Ford module goes out often, keep a spare one and keep the tool handy if your module is mounted to the distributor.

Jan 08, 2015 | 1982 Ford F 250

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How to set timing on 1992 chevorlet 1500?

with timing light hook to battery terminal and number 1 cylinder wire then loose bolt at distributor turn distributor to set timing TDC or 0 degree. tight bolt at distributor without changing the timing
hope it helps

Oct 09, 2014 | 1992 Chevrolet C1500

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I took my distributor out, to replace a seal, of my F-250 and can't get it to start

Make sure ur distrubuter is not out 180 Degrees and also chek all ur connections to ur plugs are good

Dec 14, 2012 | 1990 Ford F250

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I bought a 1984 chevy 350 engine from a salvage yard that ran but never ran right. Come to find out it had a bad exhaust valve. we took the head off blew it out and replaced the valve and put the head back...

If you have a weak spark it will not start since under compression it takes a much stronger spark to jump the gap as compared to a spark in normal air pressure. Try a good known working coil.

Mar 29, 2017 | 1985 Chevrolet El Camino

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How do u set distributor in time on 89 Nissan z24 engine

If the sticker is still under the hood it has the answer on it.
I just did some work on an 87 Z24i,
Find the notch on the crank shaft pully and mark it with some bright paint.
Start and warm the engine so it is at operating temp.
Loosen the hold down bolt for the distributor (10mm)
Hook a timing light to the #1 intake side wire. (the cap also should have "I1" on it.)
hold the timing light so it shines on the pointed and the crank pully and turn the distributor until the marks are aligned where they should be. (the 87 California specs is 10 degrees).
Tighten the bolt and its set.

The distributor only has so much movement due to the slotted hole for the hold down bolt.
If it does not reach the timing specs it may be due to timing chain stretch. The cam gear has three holes in it to compensate for this. That is a little more work to do but if needed just come back to this and I can help you.

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My 87 mazda b2000 keeps loosong power when im driving at 75 to 80 miles in 4th n 5th gear i realize oil is getting in distributer rotors n cap could this be the problem n how do i fix it

The only way that oil would get into the distributor is if the o-ring at the base of the distributor is damaged. To check this, do the following.

Remove the distributor cap. You will see the distributor rotor inside. With a sharpie, make a mark on the outside of the distributor in relation to where the rotor is pointing. (This is important so that your truck is still in time when you reinstall the distributor)
Remove the bolt holding down the distributor. It is commonly a 1/2" or 13mm bolt. Pull the distributor. At the base, you will see an O-ring in a groove at the bottom of the shaft just above the drive gear. If you don't see this O-ring, or it is damaged, that is your problem with oil in the distributor.

When installing the distributor, make sure your mark on the distributor housing is in line with your rotor. Clean and reinstall your dist. cap.

Jan 01, 2010 | 1988 Mazda B2200

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My engine timing is currently set at 5 degrees and smog tech says it needs to be set to factory specs 15 degrees? car is running great now. How do I adjust? The car is a 1993 Honda Accord wgn 4cly...

At the base of the distributor there is a metal bracket with a bolt holding the bracket to the intake manifold. This is the distributor hold down bracket and you will need to loosen the bolt a few turns. A timing light is needed to find the correct timing of the engine, so connect one to the car in proper order. With the clamp loose and the timing light on, start the car and point the timing light at the harmonic balancer where the timing gauge is located on the timing belt cover. The light will show you where the timing is and so adjust the distributor (clockwise or counter-clockwise) until the desired setting is achieved. When the timing is set, turn off the car and tighten up the hold down bolt, be careful not to turn the distributor, and this is how to set the timing.

Jun 23, 2009 | 1993 Honda Accord

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87 Ford F250 turns over but wont start

Fuel cut off switch or inertia swith on passenger side kicker panel, it might have got accidently kicked while getting out.

Feb 02, 2009 | 1987 Ford F 250

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This works on chevy's,I don't know about fords.Take a long screwdriver, with a flashlight, if there is enough room, guide the screwdriver in the distributor hole, there should be slot on the top of the oil pump shaft, stick screwdriver in slot and turn oil pump shaft until it lines up with the distributor shaft of the position you want it in.

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