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I would like to know how to install a disributor on a 1996 gmc jimmy

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In 96' GM has a certain way of doing things since timing is not adjustable, what you will need to do is this.

Bring the engine up to Top Dead Center (TDC) of cylinder number 1. Make sure it is on the compression stroke.

  1. Remove the distributor cap screws and cap to expose the rotor.
  2. Align the pre-drilled indent hole in the distributor driven gear with the arrow cast into the upper portion of the shaft housing. The rotor segment should point to the cap hold down mount nearest the flat side of the housing.
  3. Using a long screw driver, align the oil pump drive shaft in the engine in the mating drive tab in the distributor.
  4. Guide the distributor into place, making sure the locating slot in the distributor base fits over the dowel pin in the intake manifold. -
  5. ONCE The DISTRIBUTOR IS FULLY SEATED, the rotor segment should be aligned with the pointer cast into the distributor base. This pointer will have a "6" cast into it, indicating the distributor is to be used in a 6 cylinder engine. if the rotor segment does not come within a few degrees of the pointer, the gear mesh between the distributor and camshaft may be off a tooth or more. If this is the case, repeat the procedure again to achieve proper alignment.
hope this helps out.

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