Question about 1995 Chevrolet Caprice Classic
If you only replaced the distributor cap and did not remove the distributor or loosen the holdown bolt that keeps it from moving, turning the engine won't have any effect on the timing.. Chances are that you put the wires back on the cap in the wrong order or began at the wrong starting point. As long as the distributor has not been removed from the engine, to find #1, turn the crank to 0 and look at the rotor. If it points to the firewall, turn the engine one more time 'till it points to the front. Wherever it points is #1.If you loosened the distributor and turned it, turn the housing 'till the closest wire tower aligns with the rotor, then lock it down
If it is a v8 engine, the order is 18436572 in the direction the rotor turns when cranking or running. You can look up the order for v6 engines in any haynes or chilton manual.
To set the timing without a timing light, start the engine, put the transmission in drive and keep your foot on the brake to keep the vehicle from moving, then apply more gas...at some point the engine will begin to rattle (detonate) if the timing is too far advanced. You need to keep turning the distributor and repeating the process till it detonates, then turn the distributor back about 1/4". That should give you a good "ballpark" timing setting 'till you can get someone to do it correctly. (process is called power timing) When finished, tighten the distributor down so it does not change while driving. NOTE: When power timing, allways have room in front of the vehicle so you won't crash into anything, and NEVER permit anyone to stand in front of it.
Posted on May 03, 2010
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