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Nissan ca20e distributor replacement. rotor position for TDC when replacing DizzyI have removed old dizzy with out looking or marking. thank you

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Here's about the best way to do it, if you left off the dizzy marking. Take the spark plugs out, and put your finger OVER, NOT IN, spark plug hole #1. When you feel the compression bump your finger off the hole, stop right there. Align the cap so that Cylinder #1 is just being fired/a little after being fired (The rotor bug is pointing to #1). Start it up, and tune it from there.

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The bottom end of the distributor should be slightly off set so it will only fit one way. If you haven't turned the engine over that is. If it doesn't run one way move it 180 degrees.

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Fig. 1: Exploded view of a typical distributor used on Jeep vehicles


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