Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

Distributor

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REMOVAL



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

  1. Remove the distributor cap (leave the spark plug wires attached). Label and disconnect any electrical connections on the distributor.
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  3. At the front crankshaft pulley bolt, turn the engine to Top Dead Center (TDC) on No. 1 piston. It's easier to turn the engine with the spark plugs removed.
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  5. The rotor should point to the No. 1 reference mark on the distributor housing. If not, turn the engine one full turn to align the mark.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Align the rotor with the notch on the distributor housing. Make sure the engine is at TDC on the compression stroke; if not, rotate the engine one revolution until the rotor aligns with the notch once again

  1. Make a chalk or paint mark on the engine where the rotor points to the rim of the distributor.
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  3. On 8-valve engines, remove the bolt and hold-down flange, then lift the distributor straight out of the engine.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the bolt and hold-down flange. Make sure all electrical connections are unplugged from the distributor



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Fig. Fig. 3: Pull the distributor out from the engine block. This may be difficult on some engines due to corrosion. If necessary, spray the distributor/engine block mating surface with penetrating oil and allow it to soak

  1. On 16-valve engines, remove the 2 bolts, then pull the distributor straight out of the cylinder head. Note which holes the bolts came from to make sure the timing can be adjusted correctly.
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INSTALLATION



See Figure 4

Engine Not Rotated

If the engine was not rotated while the distributor was removed, follow these procedures.

  1. Check the condition of the O-ring on the distributor housing, replace it if necessary.
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