REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11
Depending on the reason you have for removing the distributor cap, it may (in some cases) make more sense to leave the spark plug wires attached. This is the case, for example, if you are testing spark plug wires, or if removal is necessary to access other components (and wire play allows you to reposition the cap out of the way).
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- On some models, it is necessary to remove the air cleaner housing and attaching hoses.
- Remove the retaining screws for the distributor cap.
- Carefully lift the distributor cap STRAIGHT up and off the distributor, in order to prevent damage to the rotor blade.
- Remove and label the spark plug wires from the distributor cap.
- If equipped, remove the screws retaining the rotor to the distributor shaft.
- Remove the rotor from the distributor shaft, noting its position for reinstallation.
- Inspect both the distributor cap and rotor for damage; replace as necessary.
- Install the rotor on the distributor shaft, in the correct position.
- Install and tighten the retaining bolt on the rotor (if equipped).
- Install the distributor cap on the distributor.
- Install and tighten the distributor cap retaining screws.
- Install the spark plug wires in the correct locations on the distributor cap.
- Install the air cleaner housing and hoses if removed.
- Start the vehicle and ensure that it starts and runs normally.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
See Figures 12, 13 and 14
After removing the distributor cap and rotor, clean the components (both inside and outside of the cap) using soap and water. If compressed air is available, carefully dry the components (wearing safety goggles) or allow the parts to air dry. You can dry them with a clean, soft cloth, but don't leave any lint or moisture behind.
Once the cap and rotor have been thoroughly cleaned, check for cracks, carbon tracks, burns or other physical damage. Make sure the distributor cap's carbon button is free of damage. Check the cap terminals for dirt or corrosion. Always check the rotor blade and spring closely for damage. Replace any components where damage is found.