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I need the firing order for a 1979 Dodge Super Cab with a 318 engine.

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  • josephine_sm May 28, 2010

    Yes, I vaguely remember it now. Thanks!

  • josephine_sm May 29, 2010

    Well, it looks like I need more help. I finished the tune-up, but the motor won't even bump over. I tried to bump up #1, but it wouldn't turn over at all, and it has a new battery in it, plus it ran fine 2 days ago, other than needing a little encouragement to turn over enough to start, but it never failed to turn over when I cranked on it, now it won't. Any ideas?

  • josephine_sm Jun 07, 2010

    I checked the power from the battery to the solenoid, 12.3 V, then the solenoid to the starter, 12.3 V, then between the 2 bolts on the starter, 12.3 V...I will try jumping the starter asap and see what I get. Any other ideas?

  • josephine_sm Jun 11, 2010

    Hi, again. I replaced the positive cable from the relay to the starter, and replaced the relay today....still no starting or cranking. Do you think it is the ignition switch? How do i test it?

  • josephine_sm Jun 11, 2010

    There was no picture attached...Can you send it again? Thanks!

  • josephine_sm Jun 12, 2010

    Thanks! I will try it as soon as I get a chance. I REALLY appreciate all your help! ~ Josephine



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Hey my name is Israel. I have included a diagram that will help with your situation. A picture is worth 1000 words. Good luck.

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  • josephine_sm May 28, 2010

    this distributor cap has a black cap about 1/2 long in between the posts where the wires go, and I had to rotate the new cap to fit on the distibutor, so i am not sure where #1 is on the cap. Can you help?

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    Israel Adame May 28, 2010

    The best way would be to be sure that piston #1 is up. Just in case you are not sure how to do this, I will give you old school way. First be sure that the electrical wires are disconnect from distributor cap so that the vehicle does not try to start. Also be sure that rotar in on the distributor. Remove spark plug #1. Use a good size screwdriver to put into the hole where spark plug belongs. Have another person "tap" on the key to stroke the engine (just a little at a time). You will feel the piston push up. You want to find the up position on the exhaust cycle. You will feel and hear some air come out of the spark plug hole. That will put the piston in the up position. Once you have this, your rotar will be very close to the #1 postion. Put the distributor cap back on. As you put the cap back on notice where the rotar is located in respect to the cap. That pin will be number one. Good Luck.

  • Israel Adame
    Israel Adame May 28, 2010

    Not a probablem. Glad I could help you out. Again, good luck.

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    Israel Adame May 29, 2010

    Check the starter and make sure that it has +12 volts then also be sure that the starter is getting +12 volts when the key is in the start position. Also try moving the distributor one way or the other and see if that helps.

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    Israel Adame Jun 07, 2010

    It is possible the the timing might be turned one way or the othe too much. You can also use a ratchet and socket to turn the motor from the harmonic alancer in order to turn motor to right setting. This will tell you whether or not the timing is turned too much. Again, once lined up the rotor should match number one on the cap as pictured above.

  • Israel Adame
    Israel Adame Jun 11, 2010

    First you will need to remove cover from steering coloumn. You will find a set of wires like the picture below. These are the wires from you ignition switch. Using a volt meter or test light and the key in the run position, be sure there is a +12 volts on the dark blue wire. If there is then test the yellow wire. there should be +12 volt on the yellow wire when you try to start it. This wire also needs to be test all the way down to the starter. If this wire is not getting fire all the way to the starter the wire is bad somewhere along the line. If there is power on this wire all the way down to the starter then, the problem is with the starter solenoid. Good Luck.

  • Israel Adame
    Israel Adame Jun 11, 2010

    Sorry for the pictures one picture shows what the switch looks like and the other show how it looks under the column cover. Good Luck

    switch with wires



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