Issue 8 and Volume 118.

FIRE APPARATUS MAINTENANCE WHILE our inspection report does not mention ignition system distributors, let us not forget they must be included in the checkup. Remove the distributor cap and examine the interior to be sure it is clean, with no evidence of oil film to start a “carbon track” between terminals in the cap. If there is evidence of an oily film, wipe the inside of the cap with a clean cloth to remove it. With the ignition switch in the OFF position, have an assistant touch the starting motor switch to make the engine turn two or three revolutions while you observe the opening of the points and particularly the faces of the contacts. Be sure the contact points are seating squarely and there are no “peaks” and “pits” on the face of either point. If the faces are smooth, the point gap can be checked when the cam…

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