Yup, sounds like the distributor is bad. I just had to swap the one in my Bravada with the one in my Astro's donor engine and there's nothing like that much slop in either distributor. It's just the bearings on the Bravada's were almost seized they were so tight.adb_0614 said:UPDATE: somehow 1 and 3 plug wires got switched... van now tries to start... but distributor timing is off.
I marked the rotor and the distributor before I pulled it to check if the gears were in good shape.
I noticed there is a 7/16" slop in rotor movement if I twist it... I guess that's why the timing is off. It was late last night when I did this and didn't notice it.
And your voltage sounds low to me.