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Old 08-10-2013, 02:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You want to run power from the positive battery terminal to the small connector, on the starter motor, usually a male blade. This bypasses everything so be absolutely certain the car is not in gear if you have the ignition on to check spark as the car could start in gear and run over you.

Best insurance is a fully applied emergency brake.

You can spin the distributor by hand, but it needs to have a ground connection so it will work.

Mechanics use a starter button, which is a push button with two alligator clips. One goes to positive battery terminal, the other goest to the previously mentioned blade connector on the starter motor. This allows you to "bump" the engine over in small increments when you are adjusting the valves.

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