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Distributor gear strips out

The distributor gear in my 1984 ford ranger 2.8L keeps stripping the teeth off. the engine has appx 10K on it. it was a long block replacement

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    did you use the distributer from the old engine or the one from the long block ?




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Crank shaft out of time, or rings gone from no or low oil

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Yup...common problem that nylon gear is for noise and contact bounce vibration dampening .. go to speed shop and replace with high performance metal one ...good luck

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