Removal & Installation
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the distributor cover.
Loosen the distributor cap screws. Remove the distributor cap and set it aside with all the wires still attached.
- Disconnect the distributor ground connector from the tab on the distributor housing.
Disconnect the distributor harness electrical connector and remove it from its bracket.
- Rotate the crankshaft until the No. 1 piston is at TDC on the compression stroke. Check to be sure that the TDC timing mark (may be yellow) on the crankshaft pulley and the timing pointer on the front cover are aligned.
- Note the relation of the distributor rotor to the engine. Make a mark on a nearby engine component to assist with installation.
- Remove the distributor hold-down bolt and lift up the distributor with the base gasket.
- Note that if the rotor is being removed, a small retainer bolt on the side must first be removed.
- Verify that the crankshaft is still at TDC No. 1 cylinder, compression stroke (firing position).
- Align the mark on the distributor shaft gear with the protruding mark on the distributor housing.
- Lower the distributor into the engine. Be sure that the distributor rotor aligns with the mark made on the engine component during removal.
- Install the hold-down bolt finger-tight.
- Install the distributor electrical connector and the ground connector.
- Install the distributor cap and wires. Be sure the cap is seated properly. Install the cover.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
- Start the engine and allow it to warm to operating temperature. To adjust the ignition timing, please refer to General Information and Maintenance, Routine Maintenance and Tune-Up, Ignition Timing, Inspection and Adjustment. After all adjustments are made, tighten the distributor hold-down bolt to 10-12 ft. lbs. (14-17 Nm).