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Old 08-24-2008, 01:08 PM
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Distributor help.....

I am trying to get my 302 running right in my 89 Mustang and I think my friend who was working on it for me put my distributor back in wrong.
I think what I'm supposed to do is to find TDC and make sure the metal part inside the distributor is pointing to the number 1 cylinder, Im just looking for some verification....anybody know?
Also, I didn't know if this post should go under "electrical" or "engine" so I am posting it both places...thanks....

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Old 08-24-2008, 03:03 PM
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You are correct. Remove #1 plug and put your finger over the hole. Have someone bump the starter until your finger gets pushed out. At that point, you are approaching TDC on #1. Next, manually rotate the engine while watching the timing marks on the balancer. When you get them lined up, you are at TDC and can re-install or at least check where the rotor is pointing. It should be very close to the #1 tower on the cap. Start it up and set the timing with a timing light.

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Old 08-24-2008, 03:20 PM
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Don't forget to pull the spout connector prior to starting it to set the timing.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:50 PM
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You have it right, find TDC remember TDC comes up twice you need the compression stroke, there are two ways of doing this
one have the spark plug out on #1(front cylinder on passenger side of engine) put your finger in the hole & turn the engine over until you feel pressure pushing against your finger, then continue turning (by hand) until the pointer is at TDC, then put the #1 wire on the terminal the rotor is pointing at.
Or take the valve cover off & turn the engine until both valves on #1 are closed, bring it to TDC & connect the plug wire where the rotor is pointing. firing order 15426378 rotor rotation C.C.
Good luck,
PS This is an engine question
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