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I need to remove the distributor cap or the distributor from the engine

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  • amoslavine Jun 16, 2009

    The car is a 1996 Acura 2.5 tl

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Hi,

The steps would be :-

  1. Look for the distributor on the left side of the engine block, as you face the engine; find it by the spark plug wires leading to it. Then unhook the negative cable from your battery.
  2. Step 2 Pull loose the spark plug wire and use a screwdriver to unscrew the coil wires from the distributor cap. Label their positions so you can reattach them in the proper sequence.
  3. Step 3 Loosen and remove the distributor's harness connector or connectors with a wrench. Mark the distributor housing position relative to the valve cover or engine block. Do this to ensure the distributor can be installed in the exact position.
  4. Step 4 Unbolt the distributor mounting bolts and remove it from the cylinder head. Take out the old O-ring and replace with a new one. Lightly oil the new O-ring before installing on top of the distributor housing.
  5. Step 5 Align the marks made during the removal process. Install the new Integra distributor, making the lugs on the distributor shaft end fit exactly into the grooves on the camshaft end. The part number will differ by manufacturer, so know your year and engine size when ordering.
  6. Step 6 Replace the mounting bolts, then tighten down. Reconnect the spark plug cables and the coil wires to the distributor, as well as the negative battery cable.
I hope i have answered in the best possible way.

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Do u need to just replace the cap? I need the year of the car to provide this info

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SOURCE: how to remove distributor cap on 5.2 l v8

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Fig. 1: Exploded view of a typical distributor used on Jeep vehicles


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Fig. 2: Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires


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Fig. 3: Tag and disengage any distributor electrical connections


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Fig. 4: Scribe a mark on the base of the distributor and on the engine to facilitate reinstallation


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Fig. 5: Using a distributor wrench, loosen the distributor hold-down bolt


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Fig. 6: Remove the distributor hold-down bolt and clamp



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Fig. 7: Remove the distributor from the vehicle


5.2L and 5.9L Engines

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires from the distributor cap and coil
  3. Remove the distributor cap retaining hooks or screws and remove the distributor cap.
  4. Note the position of the rotor in relation to the base. Scribe a mark on the base of the distributor and on the engine to facilitate reinstallation.

The distributor must be bright to Top Dead Center (TDC) before removal.
  1. Attach a socket to the crankshaft damper retaining bolt and slowly rotate the engine clockwise until the indicating mark on the crankshaft damper is aligned with the 0 degree mark on the timing chain cover. The distributor rotor should now be aligned to the CYL. NO 1 alignment mark stamped into the camshaft position sensor. If not repeat the process until TDC is achieved.
  2. Disengage the camshaft position sensor connector and remove the rotor.
  3. Unfasten the distributor hold-down bolt and remove the distributor and hold-down clamp.
Other details can find in the Repair Manual ZJ-Secc-8D-Ignition-Systems

Good luck (remember rated this).

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  • Distributors equipped with a helical drive gear will rotate at the distributor is being installed, causing the distributor to move away from the reference marks.
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f22-52.gif The distributor must be aligned with the camshaft drive to seat the distributor in the engine block or cylinder head.
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To be sure that the number one cylinder is on its compression stroke, observe the rocker arms to see that they are both moving. Then, rotate the crankshaft one revolution until the rocker arms for the companion to cylinder number one are both moving at TDC (top dead center). Align the timing mark and install the distributor with its rotor pointing to the number one spark plug cable in the distributor cap.
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  • Remove the spark plug from cylinder #1. Install a test plug in the end of the spark plug wire and position the test plug away from you and cylinder #1.
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  • Place your thumb over the bore for the spark plug and crank the engine until compression is felt.
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  • Lightly crank the engine while observing the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley. Once the timing marks are aligned, stop cranking.
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  • Identify the position for the #1 spark plug wire on the distributor cap.
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  • Determine which way the distributor shaft will rotate when it is lowered onto the camshaft gear. Then position the rotor so that it will be under the #1 terminal on the distributor cap after the distributor gear is meshed with the camshaft gear.
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  • After the distributor is installed in the engine, turn the distributor housing slightly so the pickup coil is aligned with the reluctor.
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  • Install the distributor holddown clamp and bolt. Hand tighten the bolt.
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  • Connect the pickup leads to the wiring harness.
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  • Install the spark plug wires onto the distributor cap according to the engine's firing order. Check to make sure everything that was disconnected before the distributor was removed, is now connected. Connect a timing light and prepare the engine for an ignition timing check and adjustment.

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Distributor Removal and Installation REMOVAL
  1. Remove bolt holding air inlet resonator to intake manifold.
  2. Loosen clamps holding air cleaner cover to air cleaner housing.
  3. Remove PCV make-up air hose from air inlet tube.
  4. Loosen hose clamp at throttle body.
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  10. Remove two harness connectors from distributor.
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  12. Remove bolt and spark plug cable mounting bracket from top of distributor housing.
  13. Remove bolt and transaxle dipstick tube.
  14. Carefully remove distributor from engine.
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  3. Carefully engage distributor drive with slotted end of camshaft. When the distributor is installed properly, the rotor will be in line with previously marked line on air intake plenum.
  4. If engine was cranked while distributor was removed, establish proper relationship between distributor shaft and No. 1 piston position as follows:
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    3. Lower distributor into opening, engaging distributor drive with drive on camshaft. With distributor fully seated on engine, rotor should be under No. 1 terminal.
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  2. Install spark plug cable bracket.
  3. Install two harness connectors to distributor.
  4. Install distributor cap.
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How to remove distributor cap on 5.2 l v8. I need to remove my distributor cap and can't see how it is fastened behind the engine. Are there snaps, bolts (with or without screw slots)? If bolts what size...


752f723.jpg
Fig. 1: Exploded view of a typical distributor used on Jeep vehicles


9660016.jpg
Fig. 2: Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires


c026379.jpg
Fig. 3: Tag and disengage any distributor electrical connections


7fc3b8c.jpg
Fig. 4: Scribe a mark on the base of the distributor and on the engine to facilitate reinstallation


273c514.jpg
Fig. 5: Using a distributor wrench, loosen the distributor hold-down bolt


8111df5.jpg
Fig. 6: Remove the distributor hold-down bolt and clamp



e730a58.jpg
Fig. 7: Remove the distributor from the vehicle


5.2L and 5.9L Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires from the distributor cap and coil
  3. Remove the distributor cap retaining hooks or screws and remove the distributor cap.
  4. Note the position of the rotor in relation to the base. Scribe a mark on the base of the distributor and on the engine to facilitate reinstallation.

The distributor must be bright to Top Dead Center (TDC) before removal.
  1. Attach a socket to the crankshaft damper retaining bolt and slowly rotate the engine clockwise until the indicating mark on the crankshaft damper is aligned with the 0 degree mark on the timing chain cover. The distributor rotor should now be aligned to the CYL. NO 1 alignment mark stamped into the camshaft position sensor. If not repeat the process until TDC is achieved.
  2. Disengage the camshaft position sensor connector and remove the rotor.
  3. Unfasten the distributor hold-down bolt and remove the distributor and hold-down clamp.
Other details can find in the Repair Manual ZJ-Secc-8D-Ignition-Systems

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Just got answer from Matthew about replacing distributor cap on 1999 Sebring. Thanks, but what I really needed to know is if the intake manifold and all the other parts that eneded to com off to replace 3...


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To install:

  1. Install or connect the following:
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    1987-90 VEHICLES
    See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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    Fig. 1: Exploded view of the distributor-1987-90 2.5L engine


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    Fig. 2: Positioning the oil pump shaft for distributor installation-1987-90 2.5L engine


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    Fig. 3: Positioning the distributor rotor and shaft for installation-1987-90 2.5L engine


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    Fig. 4: Rotor position with the distributor properly installed-1987-90 2.5L engine




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