Toyota Celica 1994-1998 Repair Guide

Distributor Cap and Rotor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

  1. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.
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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Wait at least 90 seconds after the cable had been disconnected to hinder air bag deployment.
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CAUTION
Work must be started after 90 seconds from the time the ignition switch is turned to the LOCK position and the negative battery cable has been disconnected. The SRS is equipped with a back-up power source so that if work is started within 90 seconds of disconnecting the negative battery cable, the SRS may deploy. When the negative terminal cable is disconnected from the battery, memory of the clock and radio will be canceled. Before you start working, make a note of the contents memorized by the audio memory system. When you have finished working, reset the audio systems and adjust the clock. Never use a back-up power supply from outside the vehicle.

  1. If equipped, remove the distributor cap rubber boot.
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  3. On some models the air cleaner tube may need to be removed to access the distributor cap.
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  5. Loosen the screws securing the cap on the distributor. Depending on your engine you will have 2 or 3 screws.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the bolts that secure the cap to the distributor

  1. Tag the wires leading to the cap for easy identification upon installation.
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  3. Lift the cap off the distributor. Pulling from the wire boot, remove the plug wires from the cap.
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  5. If necessary to remove the rotor, some models you simply lift it straight off the shaft. On others, you may need to remove the rotor retaining screws, then lift up the unit.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Some rotors are removed by pulling up ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... other rotors are screwed in

To install:
  1. On the 1994-95 California 5S-FE engine, align the hollow of the signal rotor with the protrusion tab on the rotor. Install and secure the retaining screws of the rotor.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Align the hollow of the signal rotor with the tab of the rotor when installing

Do not tighten the screws too much, the rotor is made of plastic and could crack.

  1. On all other models, install the rotor onto the distributor shaft and secure.
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Fig. Fig. 5: A cutout is on one side of the rotor, insert the rotor correctly

The rotor only goes on one way so there should be no mix-up in replacement.

  1. Apply a small amount of dielectric grease on the tip of the rotor and the inside of the cap carbon ends.
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  3. Attach the tagged wires to their proper locations on the cap.
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  5. Fit the cap onto the distributor, then tighten the bolts securely.
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  7. Make sure all the wires are secure on the cap and spark plugs. Connect the negative battery cable.
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  9. Start the vehicle and check for proper operation.
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  11. Reset any electrical components such as the clock or radio stations.
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INSPECTION



When inspecting a cap and rotor, look for signs of cracks, carbon tracking, burns and wear. The inside of the cap may be burnt or have wear on the carbon ends. On the rotor, look at the tip for burning and excessive wear.

 
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