Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Distributor

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The following procedure only applies to the 3.0L engine. Only the 3.0L engine uses a distributor, the other engines utilize a Distributorless Ignition System (DIS).

REMOVAL



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Detach the electrical connector from the distributor.
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Fig. Fig. 1: After detaching the electrical connector from the distributor, loosen the two distributor cap hold-down screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then lift the distributor cap off its base, the spark plug wires need not be removed



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Fig. Fig. 3: If placing the No. 1 piston at top dead center, remove the splash shield's access plug and use a ratchet and extension to turn the crankshaft while an assistant holds a finger over the spark plug hole



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Fig. Fig. 4: Mark the rotor position once it is pointing at the intake manifold

  1. Remove the distributor cap.
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  3. Mark the position of the rotor in relation to the distributor housing on the intake manifold and mark the position of the distributor housing in relation to the engine. It is a good idea to take the time to turn the crankshaft to TDC No. 1 cylinder, compression stroke (firing position). This aligns the distributor rotor with the No. 1 spark plug tower in the distributor cap. This is a good reference point and makes installation easier.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Loosen and remove the distributor hold-down nut and bracket



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Fig. Fig. 6: Gently pull the distributor up and out of the engine block



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Fig. Fig. 7: Inspect the O-ring on the distributor shaft and replace with a new one if any damage is evident

  1. Remove the distributor hold-down bolt.
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  3. Carefully lift the distributor from the engine. The shaft will rotate slightly when the drive gear disengages as the distributor is removed.
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INSTALLATION



Timing Not Disturbed
  1. Lower the distributor into the engine, aligning the marks made during removal. Be sure the O-ring is properly seated on the distributor. Replace the O-ring with a new one if it is cracked or nicked.
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Be sure the distributor drive is engaged with the gear on the camshaft.

  1. Install the distributor cap.
  2.  
  3. Tighten the hold-down bolt.
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  5. Reattach the electrical connector to the distributor.
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  7. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Check, and if necessary, adjust the ignition timing.
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Timing Disturbed

See Figure 3

  1. Remove the spark plug from No. 1 cylinder. Place a finger over the spark plug hole.
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  3. Rotate the crankshaft in the normal direction of rotation, until compression is felt at the spark plug hole (air will leak out of the plug hole past your finger).
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  5. Continue rotating the crankshaft until the No. 1 piston is at the top of the compression stroke.
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  7. Install the distributor so that the distributor housing is fully seated when the rotor points to the No. 1 spark plug terminal on the distributor cap.
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  9. Install the distributor cap.
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  11. Tighten the hold-down bolt. Reattach the electrical connector to the distributor.
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  13. Check, and if necessary, adjust the ignition timing.
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