Chrysler Caravan/Voyager/Town and Country 1996-1999

Distributor Cap and Rotor


Only the ignition system of the 3.0L engine utilizes a distributor.


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  3. Loosen the distributor cap retaining screws.

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Fig. Fig. 1: After loosening the 2 retaining screws, lift the distributor cap off of the distributor

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Fig. Fig. 2: Loosen the setscrew that holds the rotor onto the distributor shaft ...

  1. Remove the distributor cap.
  3. Using an 8mm socket, loosen the setscrew securing the rotor to the distributor shaft.

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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then pull the rottor straight up to remove from the distributor

  1. Remove the rotor.

Light deposits on the terminals can be scraped cleaned with a knife, heavy deposits or scaling will require cap replacement.

Wash the cap with a solution of warm water and mild detergent, scrub with a soft brush and dry with a clean soft cloth to remove dirt and grease.

  1. If cap replacement is necessary, take notice of the cap installed position in relationship to the distributor assembly.
  3. Number each plug wire so that the correct wire goes on the proper cap terminal when replaced. This can be done with pieces of adhesive tape.

Do not pull plug wires from distributor cap, they must first be released from inside of cap.

  1. Install the rotor onto the distributor shaft and tighten the 8mm setscrew.
  3. Position the replacement cap on the distributor assembly, and tighten the distributor cap retaining screws.
  5. Push the wire terminals firmly to properly seat the wires into the cap.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.


Inspect the inside of the distributor cap for spark flash over (burnt tracks on cap or terminals), center carbon button wear or cracking, and worn terminals. Inspect the rotor for cracks, excessive wear or burn marks and sufficient spring tension of the spring-to-cap carbon button terminal. Clean light deposits, replace the rotor if scaled or burnt heavily. Replace the cap and/or rotor if any of these problems are present or suspected.