Does it matter what wires attach to plugs? (1987 Chevrolet Camaro)

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#1

can the spark plug wires be attached incorrectly to the wrong spark plugs?


#2

Yes they can. They must be attached to the right plug in the right order, known as the “firing order”


#3

If you have already messed up the firing order, you can have any Parts store print out a firing order for you.

Yosemite


#4

If you’re wanting to do this kind of work on your 31-year-old car, you need to have a manual. Go to a parts store and see if they have a Hayes or Chiltons manual for your Camaro, or get one from Amazon. Is this a hobby car, or your daily driver?


#5

Yes. How do I know?

And on at least one car I remember, the distributor cap can be put on 180 degrees off.

Unless I am very familiar with it, I mark the cap and its base, and each wire, before taking things off.


#6

Try these. Not sure if you have a V6 or V8.

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#7

Per @Rainflurry 's diagrams. This applies ONLY if the rotor inside the distributor cap is actually pointing to the cap terminal labled #1 on his drawings at top dead center. If it isn’t, the car still won’t run. If you didn’t understand what I just posted, you need an actual mechanic to make this car run again.


#8

In WWII Jeeps were constantly being taken by unauthorized folks. They did not have a key and if you wanted to ride instead of walk you hopped into a Jeep and took off. In a busy area very little chance of getting caught. To stop this, some folks would reverse 2 of the plug wires. If the Jeep did start, once you popped the clutch it would stall. Easy way to keep your Jeep from wandering off.


#9

Easier - to just remove the rotor.