AMC Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1975-1988 Repair Information

Distributor Controls

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DUAL DIAPHRAGM DISTRIBUTOR TEST



  1. Connect a timing light to the engine. Check the ignition timing.
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First disconnect any spark control devices, distributor vacuum valves, etc. If these are left connected, inaccurate results may be obtained.

  1. Remove the retard hose from the distributor and plug it. Increase the engine speed. The timing should advance. It if fails to do so, then the vacuum unit is faulty and must be replaced.
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  3. Check the timing with the engine at normal idle speed. Unplug the retard hose and connect it to the vacuum unit. The timing should instantly be retarded from 4-10. If this does not occur, the retard diaphragm has a leak and the vacuum unit must be replaced.
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