Nissan Sentra/Pulsar/NX 1982-1996 Repair Guide

Distributor Cap and Rotor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5



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Fig. Fig. 1: The distributor cap may be concealed behind a protective cover



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Fig. Fig. 2: Unfasten the two clips or screws (shown) which retain the cap ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... and remove the cap (with the spark plug wires attached)



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Fig. Fig. 4: If equipped, loosen the bolt which secures the rotor ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... then pull the rotor straight off its shaft

The distributor cap may be concealed behind a protective flap or cover. If so, this cover must be unfastened in order to access the cap, rotor and spark plug wire boots.

  1. Before disconnecting the spark plug wires, mark and label them along with their corresponding distributor cap towers to avoid confusion.
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  3. If so equipped, pry the two spring clips away from the distributor cap. Otherwise, loosen the two screws which retain the cap. Then, lift the cap away from the engine until it clears the rotor.
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If a new cap and rotor are being installed, remove the old cap without disconnecting the spark plug wires. After replacing the rotor, hold the new cap next to the old one (so that they face the same direction) and transfer the wires to the corresponding terminals.

  1. If so equipped, loosen the bolt which retains the rotor, then pull the rotor straight off its shaft.
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To install:
  1. Line up the rotor with the end of the distributor shaft, then firmly push the rotor onto the shaft. If applicable, tighten the retaining bolt.
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  3. If installing a new cap, transfer the spark plug wires from the old cap.
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  5. Align the distributor cap properly over its base, then seat it securely. When properly positioned, the cap will not move.
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  7. If equipped with spring clips, snap them into position against the side of the cap. If equipped with screws, tighten them securely.
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  9. If so equipped, install the distributor cap's protective cover.
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