I am going to do a compression check on my vx in the next couple days...its been a while since ive done it...and that was on a vw. I know how to take the plugs out, and i have the plug wrench.
Do you do a comp. test with the engine warm?
To keep the engine from starting do you just remove the distrib. cap?
I figure if there are any problems, i can have the mechanic look at the assoc. valves when he replaces the timing belt in a few days.
Do it with the engine fully warmed up. You can just disconnect the wires from the spark plugs to keep the engine from starting. You will need an assistant to crank the engine while you check the compression.
I usually like to disconnect the primary side (low voltage) of the ignition coil for safety, and disable the fuel somehow (depends on the car), for mine I unhook the single fuel injector plug. You could pull a fuse on some cars for the fuel pump. I just don't like the thought of fuel dumping in the cylinders while testing . In most cases you are supposed to hold the throttle down while cranking for best results. Find specs for the normal psi you should be seeing too .
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Yeah, the ECU fuse should take care of it. I like to unplug the 2 wire distributor connector as well, just to be safe. The two wires are ignition switched power for the coil, ignitor, ect. and the tachometer signal.