GM Corvette 1963-1982 Repair Guide

Spark Plug Wires



See Figures 1 and 2

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Fig. Fig. 1: Spark plug wire routing-1982 vehicle shown

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Fig. Fig. 2: To avoid confusion either replace plug wires one at a time or tag them before removal

Visually inspect the spark plug cables for burns, cuts, or breaks in the insulation. Check the spark plug boots and the nipples on the distributor cap and coil. Replace any damaged wiring. If no physical damage is obvious, the wires can be checked with an ohmmeter for excessive resistance. (See the tune-up and troubleshooting information.)

When installing a new set of spark plug cables, replace the cables one at a time so there will be no mixup. Start by replacing the longest cable first. Install the boot firmly over the spark plug. Route the wire exactly the same as the original. Insert the distributor end of the wire firmly into the tower on the distributor cap, then seat the boot over the tower. Repeat the process for each cable.

Always replace the points and condenser together. Uniset® points are available which combine the point set and condenser, greatly simplifying installation.