See Figures 1 through 4
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Tag and remove the spark plug wires and the coil leads from the distributor.
- Disengage the electrical connector at the base of the distributor.
- Loosen the distributor cap fasteners and remove the cap.
- Using a marker, matchmark the rotor-to-housing and housing-to-engine block positions so that they can be matched during installation.
- Loosen and remove the distributor hold-down bolt.
- Remove the distributor from the engine.
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- Install the distributor in the engine making sure that the matchmarks are properly aligned.
- Install and tighten the hold-down bolt.
- Install the distributor cap and engage the electrical connector at the base of the distributor.
- Install the spark plug wires and coil leads.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the No. 1 cylinder spark plug. Turn the engine using a socket wrench on the large bolt on the front of the crankshaft pulley. Place a finger near the No. 1 spark plug hole and turn the crankshaft until the piston reaches Top Dead Center (TDC). As the engine approaches TDC, you will feel air being expelled by the No. 1 cylinder. The timing mark on the crankshaft pulley should now be aligned with the O mark on the timing scale. If the position is not being met, turn the engine another full turn (360 degrees). Once the engine's position is correct, install the spark plug.
- Turn the rotor so that it will point to the No. 1 terminal of the distributor cap.
- Install the distributor in the engine. It may be necessary to turn the rotor a little in either direction, in order to engage the gears.
- Tap the starter a few times to ensure that the oil pump shaft is mated to the distributor shaft.
- Bring the engine to TDC again and check that the rotor is pointed toward the No. 1 terminal of the cap. If the marks are all aligned, install and tighten the hold-down bolt.
- Install the cap and fasten the mounting screws.
- Engage the electrical connections and the spark plug wires.