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How to replace distributor cap on a1996 corvette

Do you have to pull the harmonic balancer to get the cap off or is there a trick.

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  • Tony Proctor Jun 18, 2009

    how do i get the bottom torx bolt out from behind the harmonic balancer.



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U don't pull the balancer off, you must remove the water pump, know this for sure have done the job on my own 1996 LT 1

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    Marvin Jun 18, 2009

    U pull the distributor out for a cap change, u can't get at the Torx, have the factory manuals on this that is the procedure, do not attempt to pull the dampner, you need a special tool and even with that it is a bear, have had the whole front off my engine off to repair oil leaks, am dead sure on this..

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    Marvin Sep 15, 2011

    I keep hearing that you have to pull the balancer off, well yes the shop manual says yes, but I never pay attention to that, I go by long experience in getting around the shop manual. I can give you a good example, the Ford Escort came with a diesel engine in the early models, in order to change the Camshaft and Injection pump drive belts it said you had to pull the engine out, that was not the case and I did the job in 3 hours without removing the engine, my boss loved me! My company had a very good bonus program that paid you for beating the book time, I always tried to do that, I never cut corners or left bolts out, nothing like that, if i couldn't do it right using a short cut I followed the manual. Your choice. Good luck. Are you interested in any other information, I completely pulled a C4 apart and rebuilt it, so I am very familiar with the cars workings for the most part.


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Can any one tell me more about how to remove the distributor cap on 1996 trans am lt1 motor?

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