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

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INTALL DISTRIBUTER ON 98 VORTEC ENGINE . HOW IS IT DONE WITH NO REFERANCE MARKS?

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  • Richard Jun 03, 2010

    THAT SHOULD DO IT. THANKS A LOT.-RICHARD

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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.

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  • 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.

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