How to Set a Distributor in a 98 Chevy 4.3 V6

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How to Set a Distributor in a 98 Chevy 4.3 V6
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In order to install a distributor in your 1998 Chevrolet vehicle with a 4.3 V6 engine, you will need to adjust the engine manually to place it in the correct position for the distributor to fit. Once the distributor is set, you can then connect the various spark plug wires to the distributor cap. As the distributor is necessary for starting your Chevy vehicle, you should make sure that it is correctly set into the engine.

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Things you need

  • Socket wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Use a socket wrench to uninstall the negative ground terminal from the battery.

  2. 2

    Pull out the first spark plug from the engine and place your finger into the hole where the spark plug was. Use a socket wrench to twist the crankshaft in order to manually move the engine. Once you feel all of the air expelled from the first spark plug hole and the engine's first piston is at the top dead centre position, you can stop twisting the crankshaft.

  3. 3

    Place the distributor into the engine. If it does not fit, rotate the crankshaft again. The first piston has to be at its topmost position, otherwise the distributor will not set properly. Make sure the distributor fits perfectly into the engine with the "6" on the distributor pointing towards the pistons.

  4. 4

    Use a socket wrench to install the distributor's cap and secure the cap by installing the four screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Install the mounting bolt and clamp using a socket wrench.

  5. 5

    Place the spark plug back into its initial position and connect all of the six spark plug wires to the distributor cap. Close the bonnet.

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