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How do you reset the timing after you remove distributor and reinstalled?

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  • Mike Butler
    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Did you mark it before removing? Obviously not I'm guessing. What engine is it?



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Pull #1 spark plug make sure piston is at tdc on compression stroke and your distrib button should be pointed at the #1 position if not adjust

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The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always make note of the code before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Access the crankshaft pulley bolt through the left side inner fender liner. Use a socket, long extension and a suitable ratchet to rotate the engine. Rotate the engine counterclockwise until the white Top Dead Center (TDC) mark on the pulley aligns with the pointer on the engine cover.
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  6. Uncouple the electrical connectors on the side of the distributor.
  7. Remove the three distributor mounting bolts, then remove the distributor from the cylinder head.

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the distributor mounting-Odyssey 4-cylinder models

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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the distributor mounting- CRV shown

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Fig. Fig. 3: The distributor keyway is offset and can only be installed in one direction

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