Continental 2000-2002

Distributor

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Removal & Installation





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Fig. Distributor assembly-5.0L

  1. Bring the engine to TDC on the number 1 cylinder.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Mark the position of the No. 1 cylinder wire tower onto the distributor base.
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NOTE
This reference is necessary in case the engine is disturbed while the distributor is removed.

  1. Remove the distributor cap and position the cap and ignition wires to the side. Disconnect the wiring harness plug from the distributor connector.
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  3. Scribe a mark on the distributor body to indicate the position of the rotor tip. Scribe a mark on the outside base of the distributor housing and the engine block to indicate the position of the distributor in the engine.
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  5. Remove the hold-down bolt and clamp located at the base of the distributor. Remove the distributor from the engine. Note the direction the rotor tip points as it moves from the No. 1 position when the drive gear disengages. For reinstallation purposes, the rotor should be at this point to insure proper gear mesh and timing.
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  7. Cover the distributor opening in the engine to prevent the entry of dirt or foreign material.
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  9. Avoid turning the engine, if possible, while the distributor is removed. If the engine is disturbed, the No. 1 cylinder piston will have to be brought to Top Dead Center (TDC) on the compression stroke before the distributor is installed.
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NOTE
Before installing, visually inspect the distributor. The drive gear should be free of nicks, cracks and excessive wear. The distributor drive shaft should move freely, without binding. If equipped with an O-ring, it should fit tightly and be free of cuts.

Timing Disturbed
  1. Disconnect the No. 1 cylinder spark plug wire and remove the No. 1 cylinder spark plug.
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  3. Place a finger over the spark plug hole and crank the engine slowly until compression is felt.
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  5. Align the TDC mark on the crankshaft pulley with the pointer on the timing cover. This places the piston in No. 1 cylinder at TDC on the compression stroke.
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  7. Turn the distributor shaft until the rotor points to the distributor cap No. 1 spark plug tower.
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  9. Install the distributor in the engine, aligning the rotor and distributor housing with the marks that were made during removal. If the distributor does not fully seat in the engine block or timing cover, it may be because the distributor is not engaging properly with the oil pump intermediate shaft. Remove the distributor and, using a screwdriver or similar tool, turn the intermediate shaft until the distributor will seat properly.
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  11. Install the hold-down clamp and bolt. Snug the mounting bolt so the distributor can be turned for ignition timing purposes.
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  13. Install the No. 1 cylinder spark plug and connect the spark plug wire. Install the distributor cap and connect the distributor to the wiring harness.
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable and set the ignition timing.
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  17. After the timing has been set, tighten the distributor hold-down clamp bolt to 17-25 ft. lbs. (23-34 Nm). Recheck the ignition timing after tightening the bolt.
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Timing Not Disturbed
  1. Position the distributor in the engine, aligning the rotor and distributors housing with the marks that were made during removal. If the distributor does not fully seat in the engine block or timing cover, it may be because the distributor is not engaging properly with the oil pump intermediate shaft. Remove the distributor and, using a screwdriver or similar tool, turn the intermediate shaft until the distributor will seat properly.
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  3. Install the hold-down clamp and bolt. Snug the mounting bolt so the distributor can be turned for ignition timing purposes.
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  5. Install the distributor cap and connect the distributor to the wiring harness.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable. Check and, if necessary, set the ignition timing. Tighten the distributor hold-down clamp bolt to 17-25 ft. lbs. (23-34 Nm). Recheck the ignition timing after tightening the bolt.
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