Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide




See Figures 1 and 2

Engine Not Rotated

This procedure is for engines where the crankshaft and other alignment marks have remained fixed while the distributor is removed.

  1. Turn the engine over until No. 1 cylinder is at Top Dead Center (TDC) of the compression stroke.
  3. Mark the position of the No. 1 cylinder wire on the distributor base for reference when installing the distributor.
  5. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  7. Disconnect the primary wiring from the distributor.
  9. Remove the cap screws and lift the distributor cap straight off to prevent damage to the rotor blade and spring. Remove rotor from distributor shaft and armature.
  11. Scribe or paint an alignment mark on the distributor shaft and body, showing the position of the ignition rotor in relation to the distributor assembly. Place another mark on the outside of the distributor body and the cylinder head or block, showing the position of the distributor body in relation to the head or block. These marks are used for reference when installing the distributor.
  13. Remove distributor hold-down bolt and clamp.
  15. Lift distributor up and out until the shaft clears mounting hole

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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen the distributor retaining bolt

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Fig. Fig. 2: Lift the distributor out

To install:
  1. If the distributor shaft has moved, rotate the distributor until the matchmarks on the shaft and body align correctly.
  3. With the matchmarks on the shaft and distributor body aligned, lower the distributor into the engine block, making sure the matchmarks on the distributor body align with the matchmarks on the engine block.
  5. Install the distributor retaining bolt and tighten so the distributor barely can be moved.
  7. Install the rotor, distributor cap and all wiring. Tighten distributor cap to 12-23 inch lbs. (2.0-2.6 Nm).

  1. Start vehicle and set initial timing according to the procedures in Engine Electrical .
  3. After timing has been set, tighten the distributor hold-down bolt to 11-25 ft. lbs. (23-34 Nm).

Engine Rotated

If the crankshaft was rotated while the distributor was removed, the engine must be brought to Top Dead Center (TDC