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Old 09 Aug 2005, 12:28 am   #1 (permalink)
sam
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I have toyota camry 1999 L4. I tried to replace the spark plug wire. I
do not remember which positon (or order) the wire connecting to the
distributor after took out the old wire. Does this matter? where can I
find this kinds of information. Can someone let me know if you have
camry 99. I really appreciate your help.

Sam

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Old 09 Aug 2005, 01:29 am   #2 (permalink)
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did you only take off the one wire?

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Old 10 Aug 2005, 02:41 pm   #3 (permalink)
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yes position matters.
buy a repair manual, there should be a picture of the dist cap and plug
numbering.
sometimes the dist cap has the plug # stamped.
you can try every combination of the 4 if you can't find a manual.

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Old 10 Aug 2005, 02:41 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Old 10 Aug 2005, 08:54 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On 8 Aug 2005 22:28:52 -0700, "sam" <samevan@hotmail.com> wrote:


Engine
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cyl 1 2 3 4 |
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(front)

Coil terminal locations:

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3
2
4
1
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(front)

(Pardon the crude "graphics")

>I have toyota camry 1999 L4. I tried to replace the spark plug wire. I
>do not remember which positon (or order) the wire connecting to the
>distributor after took out the old wire. Does this matter? where can I
>find this kinds of information. Can someone let me know if you have
>camry 99. I really appreciate your help.
>
>Sam


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Old 12 Aug 2005, 09:47 am   #6 (permalink)
Daniel
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Go get the genuine Toyota parts.
Wires and cap should be numbered.
Plug #1 is closest to the front of the engine, (with the alternator).
Aftermarket secondary ignition components have been known to cause
problems - sometime later - when you try to remove them and the boot
stays lodged deep inside the spark plug tube.
Same with spark plugs, stay with factory spec., ND or NGK.
Haynes manual is a good introduction to maintenance with photos.
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Please excuse me for saying so, but if you have to ask whether the
order of installation for spark plug wires makes a difference - you
probably need to learn more about basic automotive theory before you
touch anything under the hood.
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The firing order for your engine should be 1-3-4-2.
The engine makes power by compressing a fuel air mixture in the
cylinders and igniting the mixture at precisely the correct time.
So the firing order needs to be coordinated with the pistons and valve
opening.
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Electronic, computer controlled ignitions generate very high voltage,
so exercise caution - potentially lethal under certain conditions.
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If you're changing the spark plug wires, there are a number of other
maintenance services that may also be due.
You can learn a great deal about keeping your car in top condition by
reading and searching (by keyword) through these groups.
Go slowly.
Learn what and why you're doing first.

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