Q: with the#1 piston up were should the rotor button be pointing

asked by on

If I have the #1 piston up were should the rotor button be pointing when I pull the distributor cap off.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The rotor button should be pointing to the number 1 position on the distributor cap when the number 1 piston is at top dead center (on the compression stroke). The pistons come up two times during the combustion cycle. Once for the exhaust stroke and again on the compression stroke. The mechanical ignition timing should be set so that the rotor hits the corresponding cylinder on the compression stroke to ignite the air/fuel mixture.

If you need some assistance with this, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to your location and help you with this is person. Good luck.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1,000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. with the#1 piston up were should the rotor button be pointing

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I can't get the ring off the fuel tank to take out the fuel pump - 1992 Chevrolet C1500

Hi there - if you don't have the official GM tool, using a screwdriver and small hammer, and alternately whacking each side to unscrew the large lock ring works with patience and liquid penetrant. For professional assistance, I recommend fuel...

Q: Brake changes on my 2007 Kia Picanto

You may not need brakes but should get them inspected to see if they are worn down or just noisy. If you are having to replaced the brakes every 4000km or six months, then you have issues with the calipers...

Q: I have a 1995 gmc sierra it starts then stalls out I'll start it again and put my foot on the gas to keep it running then it dies

Hi There, A few different things will usually cause the vehicle to start and then die. A bad ignition coil can cause this if it is beginning to fail, resulting in intermittent starting problems. A dirty or faulty mass air...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...