Chrysler Full-Size Vans 1989-1998 Repair Guide

Distributor Cap and Rotor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Label and disconnect the spark plug wires from the distributor cap.
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Depending on the reason for removing the distributor cap, it may make more sense to leave the spark plug wires attached. This is handy if you are testing spark plug wires, or if removal is necessary to access other components, and wire length allows you to reposition the cap out of the way.

  1. Remove the two attaching screws (or disconnect the two spring clips) that secure the cap to the distributor.
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  3. Remove the cap from the distributor.
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The rotor is press fit onto the distributor shaft.

  1. Pull the rotor straight up to remove.
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To install:
  1. Align the rotor on the distributor shaft and install by pressing into place.
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  3. Align the distributor cap on the distributor and secure using the screws (or spring clips).
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  5. Connect the spark plug wires to their proper terminals.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Inspect the rotor for any signs of damage, and replace if defective



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Fig. Fig. 2: Inspect the distributor cap for any signs of damage, and replace if defective



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the retaining screws from the distributor cap. When inspecting the cap, it is not necessary to remove the wires



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Fig. Fig. 4: Inspect the distributor cap for cracks, corroded or eroded terminals, a damaged button or broken towers



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Fig. Fig. 5: When removing the rotor from the distributor, pay attention to the position, and note the slot onto which the rotor slides

INSPECTION



  1. Carefully check all surfaces of the rotor and distributor cap for cracks, carbon tracks, burns or other physical damage.
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  3. Make sure the rotor button is free of damage.
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  5. Check the distributor cap terminals for dirt or corrosion.
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  7. Check the rotor blade and spring closely for damage.
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  9. Replace components as necessary.
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