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Lee
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Post Should my distributor rotor be spinning counter-clockwise?

I have a '78 SC...I just finished installing updated tensioners, plugs, plug wires, rotor, distributor cap, ignition coil, and also adjusting valves. (My first time...I need to readjust the valves I think)

When I set my engine at TDC, I noticed that the ignition rotor spun counter-clockwise, while my Bentley manual says it should spin clock-wise.

Anyone know why it would be doing this? Have I gotten wires backward somewhere? Did I do something weird to my distributor when I removed it and re-installed it?

Should I worry?
Old 05-16-2001, 08:42 PM
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Hey Lee, did you try grabbing the belt on the other side of the pulley and pull?
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I'm sorry, but I'm not following you here...I didn't pull the belt from either side...I turned the nut on the fan clock-wise in order to turn the crank to TDC. But the distributor turned counter-clockwise.

Could you clarify what you mean?
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i think counterclock is right for a '78.
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Im sorry Lee, I missunderstood your question the first go around; if your cranks is free, you can spin it which ever direction you like. (crank clockwise, rotor counter) Why did you remove the distributor? If you did were you sure to mark the relative position of the distributor body and crankcase? (just a straight line scratch?) It will still spin the the right direction if you put it back in the same spot or not, now it's just a question of firing order. If you didn't mark it, that's another chapter.

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Hello

Yes with the new CD and breakerless bigger diameter disributor the orientation was changed from prvious clockwise to counterclockwise. Firing order as before but other way.

Decal on rear apron should show it.

New generation distributor get bolt straight in. No adjustment on the base.

Maintance is like on prevoius distibutor. A drop oil in the shaft under the finger.

OEM caps have the firing order and cylindernumbers marked on the cap.

Grüsse
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your distributor rotor should be turning counter-clockwise. Check your firing order and make sure that is correct. Next check to see if when you are at tdc that the #1 cylinder is on top, and that both the intake/exhaust valve rockers are free to move. If not, then you have your distributor 180 out of time.

Steve
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