GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Distributor Cap and Rotor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



5.7L Engine

See Figure 1


WARNING
The distributor and timing disc assembly must be kept clean and free of oil, dirt and engine coolant. Any contamination may cause engine misfire and/or distributor damage. Do not disassemble the distributor until all debris has been cleaned from the distributor and surrounding area.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Remove the water pump and crankshaft balancer assembly.
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  5. Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires from the distributor assembly.
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  7. Unplug the 4-terminal PCM connector and vacuum harness from the distributor. Plug or cap the vacuum line to prevent any debris from entering.
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  9. Use tool J 39997, or an equivalent socket, to remove the distributor cap bolts/screws. Remove the distributor cap.
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  11. Use tool J 39998, or an equivalent bit, to unfasten the retaining bolts/screws, then remove the rotor.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the distributor cap, rotor and related components-5.7L engine

  1. If necessary, remove the distributor cover and shield at this time.
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WARNING
Do NOT touch the timing disk sensor or distributor base.

  1. Inspect the distributor base and timing disk for damage, corrosion, or plastic particles. If you find any, the entire distributor assembly must be replaced.
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To install:
  1. If removed, install the distributor shield and cover.
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  3. Position the rotor, then secure with the retaining screws/bolts. Tighten the screws to 6 inch lbs. (0.7 Nm).
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  5. Place the distributor cap on the distributor assembly and install the retaining bolts/screws. Tighten the cap bolts/screws to 25 inch lbs. (2.8 Nm).
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  7. Unplug and connect the vacuum harness to the distributor.
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  9. Attach the 4-terminal PCM connector to the distributor. Connect the spark plugs to the distributor, as tagged during removal.
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  11. Install the crankshaft balancer and water pump.
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  13. Connect the negative battery cable.
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