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Old 12-27-2002, 02:06 PM
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#1 is clearly identified on the distributor cap (as are 2-8), provided you have an original Bosch or MB cap. Looking at the cap, #1 should be about 11 o'clock, give or take. #1 is also the cylinder closest to the radiator on the passenger side.

Timing is automatically adjusted through the EZL and crank sensor, so twisting the distributor will have only a momentary effect, then the EZL will readjust. Timing is not adjustable on your car. If you have twisted the distributor too far either way, you stand the chance of ruining a nearly indestructable cap. New from the dealer they cost $179.00. I just replaced mine as a Christmas present to the car, that and the fact mine was almost 17 years old (as speculated by the dealer due to the Bosch number rather than a MB #) AND I am going on a month long trip.

Such a length of service from a distributor cap makes up for the high cost.
Mike Tangas
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