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What is the firing order in a 94 taurus. My mom pulled all the wires out of the distributor cap and we are finding it hard to find the right order. There are 6 rods around the distributor and one in the middle. The engine is a 3.8

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Firing order is 1-4-2-5-3-6
You should have a number one stamped on the number one position of the distributor cap.
The cylinders are numbered as follows:
facing your car,
from left to right rear bank 1-2-3
front bank 4-5-6
The one in the middle goes to the coil.
The distributor has 2 mounting that hold it in position. - starting at the back screw to the right going clockwise is 3-5-2-4-1-6. This is the numbering on the distributor if you dont have a number one stamped.
Hope you get it going and tell mom to label the wires nest time!

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