Question about 1995-1997 Chevy 1500 Truck Ignition Starter Alarm Switch

1 Answer


Posted by on

  • Richard Jun 03, 2010



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,509 Answers

Yes is easier than you thought. you take out the number one spark plug and probe to touch the top of the piston. carefully turn the engine feeling th e piston go up and down. turn the engine till the piston is all the way to the top. turn engine til you can tell where the top is as it starts to go down and then pick the middle. with the cap off the distubuter point the rotor towards the number one spark plug wire. you need to look at the inside of the cap as the wires on the outside of the cap don't line up and this can throw you off. most of the time this ends up being towards the front of the truck. as the dist, goes down in it's going to turn as it chackhes the gear, see how it changes and turn it back aways to let it go down to the spot you decided on. now it seems that it won't go all the way in. holding down on the dist. turn the engine till the oil pump engages. with it down and the hold down on turn the engine again with your wire setup and center the piston at the top again. aways turn the engine forward as backwards can get you in troble. now it looks like it's pointing the rotor half a turn wrong it's OK as each turn of the crank the dist turns a half. soon as you get it to line up. right with the dist rotor pointing at the number one contarct in the cap, try to blow air pressure in the spark plug hole, if it doesn't leak inside the motor your on number one if not your 180 out and the dist needs redropped a half turn. just pull it out and as it clears the gear turn it 1 half turn and put it right back in the oil pump should ine right up and it'll drop right in. Now check again with the wire and the rotor direction and if it looks right and the air pressure doesn't leak put the plg in and connect the wire and put on anything elese that you unhooked or took off ( everything ) then hook up the battery and starterup. If it just back frires thought the air intake you'll need to redrop the dist the get it in time. As long as everything , everything is connected and hooked up you cqan't hurt anything cranking it with the dist put in wrong it just won't run and may back fire. Now you did'nt say why your doing this job. so changing the engine comes to mind as the dist needs to be out so you don't brak it while setting the engine in.

Posted on Jun 03, 2010

  • Richard Jun 03, 2010

    Do I need to set timing like in the old days with a lite? And thank you for the help. Richard

  • John P Schwantes Jr Jun 03, 2010

    timing lights are from the days of Youre and like you said theres no mark to shoot at. once the engine s running you probly can't turn the dist. it fits into a slot and it will only turn very little. If you have access to a dis nostic scanner you can set the timing excect, but they run fine off quite a bit. In trobleshooter in tests and adjustments section the test is called dist ******. This is on a modern snap-on solise or motise scanner. with the test activated rev the engine as the test demands and the offset will be shown. if it's more the 4 degrees off it's off and the dist may turn far enought to correct it 16 degrees or pluse or minus 4 degress the dist needs redropped in the correct direction. one tooth off is 16 degrees. The ( Light ) you refre to is the scanner.


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

1995 chevy 1500, 4.3 vortec engine was replaced to 5.7 and computer. Everything else stayed the same. when pushed to passing gear at low speed, engine accelerates and blows/pops through TBI carb.

Check and make sure the distributer is advancing the timing. If you have a timing light mark the balancer with chalk or a paint stick. When you rev the engine the mark should move. If not you have a bad distributer.

Jul 07, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

How do you set timing marks on timing gears and chain for vortec 4.3 V-6

You need to line up the dots on the crank and can gear in the center of the engine .
They call them timeing marks have you ever done this before ???

May 04, 2015 | 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

1 Answer

Marks in distributor cap on 5.7 litre vortec position when set on #1 position

if distributer has ever been out most likely it didnt get put back in same position. pull the #1 plug have some one cover plug hole with finger, by hand or with a socket on crank pully turn crank to your right( when facing engine) until you bring timing mark up to tdcas mark gets close air should blow by finger that way you know your on compression stroke pull distrib cap and see where rotor is pointing thats your new number 1 wire the rest accordingly

Jan 19, 2014 | Nissan Xterra Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1995 gmc sierra 1500 no spark from distributer to plugs,

check distributer cap for burnt marks . also check rotor for rust marks burnt marks this can cause it from firing up try replacing parts

Oct 26, 2013 | 1995-98 Chevy/GMC Silverado/Sierra 1500...

1 Answer

98 ford ecoline f 250 timing

Find your timing marks on the harmonic pulley.Use a piece of chaulk or crayon and mark the spot so you cxan see it when you use the timing light. Hook the timing light up to number one plug. Disconnect the single wire at the distributer and with the vehicle running turn the distributer until the line you marked lines up with the pointer at the bottom of the engine. The sticker on the hood should tell you how many degress you set the timing too.You have to loosen the dist. by loosening the hold bracket at the bottom of the shaft. Hope this helps. Please comment.

Jun 12, 2012 | 1998 Ford Explorer

1 Answer

How to install 95 astro/safri v6 distribtor

You have to take the access panel off inside the van. There used to be two screws on the outside under the hood and the two clips inside that have to be released. Mine was older so I don't know if they are the same. Find the wire that is going to #1 spark plug. The is the spark plug at the very front of the drivers side. Mark the wire and its relationship to the cap someway. Mark all the other wires in the cap so you know their location when you put the new distributer in. Or leave them in the cap if you are going to use the same cap. Take the cap off and turn the engine over so the rotor is pointing directly to the #1 wire. It may not hurt to make some other point of reference, where the rotor is pointing to. Loosen up the bolt at the base of the distributer, blow all dirt away and turn and pull up slightly on distributer. Do not crank engine at any point during this time until the new distributer is in. Once you have it loose take the bolt out or at least slide the clamp all the way out of the way, Remove the distributer. Remove the base gasket for the distributer and clean the surface and put a new gasket on. Put the new distributer in paying close attention to where the rotor has to line up. The point of reference I told you to make earlier. You need to turn the rotor slightly CCW from the reference point as it will turn CW a little when it is mated into the cam gear and seating to the motor. If the distributer will not go in where you need it, it may be possible that the oil pump drive has moved a little. You may need to get a long screwdriver and go into the distributer hole and turn is slightly. After you get the distributer in, you should be able to put the cap back on. Or put all wires back on to the same positions that I told you to mark earlier. If you followed this closely then the engine should start. It should probably be timed. Please rate my answer so I am rewarded points for it.

Jan 29, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

Just replaced engine in my 97 its a vortec brought it to tdc put in distributar it turns over and tries to start but wont i turn it just a little it acts better but i cant move it far enough

take the spark plug out of the #1 cylinder and turn the engine by hand until the piston is at the top dead center of its stroke (put a screw driver in the hole and you should be able to tell when its all the way up). now pull the cap off the distributer the rotor should be pointing at the #1 cylinder wire. if not then the distributer is in the wrong possition. remove the distributer and point the rotor in the correct possition(#1 cylinder) and place the distributer back in.also if this is a used engine replace the cap,rotor plugs and wires.the truck should start. Hope this helps you out.

Mar 14, 2010 | 2002 GMC Sierra C/K1500

3 Answers

Where is the crank sensor located on the motor for a 1999,5.7 Vortec, engine and what tool will i need to replace it may i have a picture veiw? or how do i go about looking information

1999 chevy 1500 series has spark getting fuel wont start replaced crank position sensor cap n rotor getting backfire through throttle body.

Feb 05, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2 Answers

Distributor installation

pull the distributor, and move it closer to the mark. This way when you make your final adjustments you can just use your light and cap movements.

Apr 11, 2009 | Chevrolet C3500 Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?
1995-1997 Chevy 1500 Truck Ignition Starter Alarm Switch Logo

Related Topics:

155 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Vehicle Parts & Accessories Experts

Thomas Perkins
Thomas Perkins

Level 3 Expert

14337 Answers


Level 3 Expert

75817 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4336 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Vehicle Part and Accessory Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides