This DIY repair and service manual by Chilton covers:
- Camaro Sport Coupe (standard) 1967-1981
- Camaro Berlinetta 1967 to 1981
- Camaro RS Rally Sport 1967 to 1981
- Camaro Z28 1967 to 1981
All U.S. and Canadian models of F-body Chevy Camaro
Book Excerpt: 1967-1981 Camaro Berlinetta, RS, Rally Sport, Z28 Repair Manual
ENGINE PERFORMANCE AND TUNE-UP
DISTRIBUTOR COMPONENTS TESTING
SUSPENSION AND STEERING
(See figures 21, 22 and 23)
If the trouble has been narrowed down to the units within the distributor, the following tests van help pinpoint the defective component.
An ohmmeter with both high and low ranges should be used. These tests are made with the cap assembly removed and the battery disconnected. If a tachometer is connected to the TACH terminal, disconnect it before making these tests.
- Connect an ohmmeter between the TACH and BAT terminals in the distributor cap. The primary coil resistance should be less than one ohm.
- To check the coil secondary resistance, connect on ohmmeter between the rotor button and the Bat terminal. Note the reading. Connect the ohmmeter between the rotor button and the TACH terminal.
Note the reading. The resistance in both cases should be between 6,000 and 30,000 ohms. Be sure to test between the rotor button and both BAT and TACH terminals.
- Replace the coil only if the readings in step 1 and step 2 are infinite.
NOTE: These resistance checks will not disclose shorted coil windings. This condition can only be detected with scope analysis or a suitably designed coil tester. If these instruments are unavailable, replace the coil with a known good coil as a final coil test.
- To test the pick-up coil, first disconnect the white and green module leads. Set the ohmmeter on the high scale and connect it between a ground and either the white or the green lead. Any resistance measurement less than infinite requires replacement of the pick-up coil.
SHOCK ABSORBERS | TESTING
Visually inspect the shock absorber. If there is evidence of leakage and the shock absorber is covered with oil, the shock is defective and should be replaced.
If there is no sign of excessive leakage (a small amount of weeping is normal) bounce the car at one corner by pressing down on the fender or bumper and releasing.When you have the car bouncing as much as you can, release the fender or bumper. The car should stop bouncing after the first rebound.
If the bouncing continues past the center point of the bounce more than once, the shock absorbers are worn and should be replaced.
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION (See figure 2)
- Raise the car, and with an open end wrench hold the upper stem of the shock absorber from turning. Remove the upper stem retaining nut, retainer and grommet.
- Remove the two bolts retaining the lower shock absorber pivot to the lower control arm and pull the shock out through the bottom of the control arm.
- With the lower retainer and the rubber grommet in place over the upper stem, install the shock (fully extended) back through the lower control arm.
- Install the upper grommet, retainer and nut onto the upper stem.
- Hold the upper stem from turning with an open end wrench and tighten the retaining nut.
- Reinstall the retainers on the lower end of the shock.
Subject: 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Berlinetta, RS Rally Sport, Z28 service, maintenance, repair. ISBN-10: 0801990580 | ISBN-13: 9780801990588 | Chilton 28280
Above: Dawn Robertson's 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is a work-in-progress. A new 350 Small-Block engine powers the car, fresh paint and a new interior are just a few of the many improvements Dawn has made to her car, with many more planned for the future. Elk Grove, CA.