1987 Ford F-150 Distributor installation

  • 1987 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • 140,000 MILES
Any specific procedure in installing the distributor
I can't get it to go back in after replaing the ignition module
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have the same problem?
Sunday, June 7th, 2009 AT 6:58 PM

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This is assuming that you did not mark the position of the distributer when you removed it - but you have a basic idea how it was installed. Bring the number 1 piston up to top dead center (tdc) on the COMPRESSION STROKE. Verify the timing mark on the crank shaft pully is aligned with the timing mark. Remove the distributer cap and observe the position of the rotor when it points to the number 1 cylinder firing contact of the cap. The distributer should drop in. If not you must align the oil pump extention shaft (with a LONG screwdriver) with the bottom of the distributer. Install the dist. Cap and make sure the rotor is pointing at the number 1 contact. If the engine will not start, the number 1 piston was not on the COMPRESSION STROKE. Then, just turn the engine until the timing marks align up -- remove the dist cap verify the rotor pointing to the number 1 cylinder (if not rotate the engine 360 degrees). With the rotor pointing to the number 1 contact - remove the distributer - rotate the engine 360 degrees (1 turn) until the timing mark lines up again. Now you are at TDC on the COMPRESSION STROKE. Install the distributer as described above. It sounds harder than it really is -- Be patient! Removing the spark plugs while rotating the engine makes it much easier.

This will get you close, but you must check the timing with a timing light.
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Monday, June 8th, 2009 AT 12:10 AM

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