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1996 cherokee 4.0l stick,2wd,,someone has turned the distributor from its factory position. its oreintation is opposit from the repair manuls picture. So, when i was changing the dist and plug wires, i removed them konowing i had the firing order in my repair book. BIG mistake, i now can not put the plug wires back in the right order, what can i do?

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  • . . May 18, 2011

    THATS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS I CAN`T TELL WHICH DISTRIBUTOR POLE IS THE NUMBER ONE. IS IT POSIBLE THE PREVIOUS OWNER COULD HAVE CHANGED THE FIRING ORDER?

  • . . May 18, 2011

    THIS IS JUST THE BEGINING I HAVE FOLLOW UP QUESTIONS

  • . . May 18, 2011

    thank you, i noticed my distributor is angled with the screws tilted towards the fron of the engine. the picture shows the screws of the distributor angled towards the back. is this a bigger problem ?

    And, if i get number 1 cyclinder to tdc, could i then look under the cap to see which terminal the rotor was pointing at and would that be the orignal # 1 terminal ?

    thank you for your help ,this is making me crazy.

  • . . May 19, 2011

    thank you

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Remove the spark plug from number one cylinder, bring number one cylinder to top dead center. The TDC will be the compression stroke and you will hear the air blow from the spark plug hole. Once you have the cylinder at top dead center, pull the distributor up and align the rotor to the number 1 cylinder terminal one the cap. Keep in mind you will need to make sure the bottom of the distributor is also aligned with the oil pump shaft. You can turn the shaft for alignment with a flat head screw driver for aligning purposes. It may take a couple of tries to get the distributor to seat all the way down. This is how this procedure should be done.

Posted on May 17, 2011

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  • GetMeOttaHere May 18, 2011

    You can make any pole on the distributor the number one cylinder, as long as the wire is long enough, you continue with the firing order from there.




  • GetMeOttaHere May 19, 2011

    Sorry for the delay in responding back....my Comcast connection was disrupted for a while. If you get number one cylinder to top dead center, this would neccessarly be the original terminal, but it will tell you if the rotor is pointing to the correct number one. If you pull the distributor, you can line it up with the number one.

  • GetMeOttaHere May 19, 2011

    It is difficult to communicate this procedure via chat, especially if one has not seen this procedure done at least once. Be sure your firing order is correct also.

  • GetMeOttaHere May 20, 2011

    Your welcome and thanks for using Fixya.

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