Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

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1982-86 MODELS



Air Gap

See Figures 1 and 2



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Fig. Fig. 1: Air gap between the rotor and stator



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Fig. Fig. 2: Air gap between the rotor and ring-type pickup coil

  1. The distributor cap is held on by 2 spring clips. Release them with a screwdriver and lift the cap straight up and off, with the wires attached.
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  3. Pull the rotor head (not the spoked reluctor) straight up to remove it.
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  5. Check the reluctor air gap by using a non-magnetic feeler gauge. Rotate the engine until a reluctor spoke is aligned with the single post pickup coil or stator, depending on the type used on the vehicle. Bump the engine around with the starter or turn it with a wrench on the crankshaft pulley bolt. The gap should measure 0.012-0.020 in. (0.3-0.5mm). Adjustment, if necessary, is made by loosening the single post pickup coil mounting screws and shifting the coil either closer to or farther from the reluctor on early models. Measure the air gap between the reluctor and stator. If not within specifications, loosen the stator retaining screws and adjust.
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