My friend borrowed my distributor from my samurai to help diagnose a problem with his...when he removed mine, he failed to mark the position of the rotor. When reinstalled back in my Sami the engine doesn't idle very well. It'll idle around 1500 for 5 minutes or so, then slowly drop over the course of a few minutes down to nothing. He's telling me there might be a problem with my automatic choke, but everything worked fine, idled perfect, before he removed it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Robert
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Re: 1987 suzuki samurai Distributor problems
First, kick his ***. 2nd,, kick your **** for allowing him to mess with your car.. LOL 3rd, Grab a drink for both of you and tackle this together. Remove the spark plug on cylinder #1. Rotate the engine till you get it coming up on the compression stroke. You can hold your finger over this to do it. (Don't be using the starter) Pull the distributor cap and mark on the distributor itself where the #1 wire should be. Now. Put something like a straw into the spark plug hole and continue rotating the engine until it reaches the top. Now look at the distributor and see where the rotor is pointing.. Your BUDDY, should know what to do next. The reason it is currently running is because the timing is too late. Whenever disassembling anything on an engine, notes should always be taken.
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bring engine to top dead center #1 with the timing marks. remove distributer cap and note position of rotor direction and mark on the distributor housing were the rotor is pointing. also mark the position of the distributor mark to a position on the motor, then unbolt the distributor holding bolt and remove. pull up on the distributor and note which way the rotor moves as you pull the distributor out. again mark where the rotor is pointing when the distributor is out. the reason for the marking of rotor position and distributor position is so when you reassemble you line up the marks to get it into the proper position when the distributor is back in place. then you have to check the timing and set. as far as the pickup coil remove the distributor gear lock pin remove the gear and remove the distributor shaft to replace the coil. reassemble in reverse order.
Disconnect the distributor wiring connector and the vacuum advance hose, if the vehicle is so equipped.
Remove the distributor cap and note the position of the rotor. Mark the position on the distributor housing.
On some vehicles, it may be necessary to remove the spark plug wires from the cap prior to cap removal.
Note the position of the vacuum advance, then remove the distributor holddown bolt and clamp.
Pull the distributor from the engine. Most distributors will need to be twisted as they are pulled out of their bore.
Once the distributor is removed, install a shop towel in the distributor opening to keep foreign material out of the engine block.
The entire assembly should be cleaned thoroughly. Make sure all solvent residue is completely removed.
Installing and Timing a Distributor
The following procedure may be followed to install the distributor and time it to the engine, if all reference marks were made during the removal of the distributor:
Lubricate the O-ring on the distributor shaft.
Position the rotor so that it is aligned with the mark made on the distributor housing prior to removal.
Align the distributor housing with the mark made on the engine block during removal.
Lower the distributor into the engine block, making sure the distributor drive is fully seated.
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.
Pay attention to how much the rotor moves.
Remove the distributor and move the rotor backward the same amount. This should allow the shaft to rotate while the distributor is being installed and still be aligned with the reference marks.
Make sure the distributor housing is fully seated against the engine block. Sometimes it may be necessary to wiggle or rock the distributor to seat it fully into the drive gear.
Distributors with drive lugs must be mated with the drive grooves in the camshaft. Both are offset to eliminate the possibility of installing a distributor 180 degrees out of time.
The distributor must be aligned with the camshaft drive to seat the distributor in the engine block or cylinder head.
Rotate the distributor a small amount so the timer core teeth and pick-up teeth are aligned.
Install the distributor holddown clamp and bolt, leaving the bolt slightly loose.
Install the spark plug wires in the direction of distributor shaft rotation and in the cylinder firing order.
Connect the distributor wiring connectors. The vacuum advance hose is usually left disconnected until the timing is set with the engine running.
If the engine has been cranked while the distributor is removed, or no marks were made during removal, use this procedure to reinstall the distributor:
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.
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.
Place your thumb over the bore for the spark plug and crank the engine until compression is felt.
Lightly crank the engine while observing the timing marks on the crankshaft pulley. Once the timing marks are aligned, stop cranking.
Identify the position for the #1 spark plug wire on the distributor cap.
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.
After the distributor is installed in the engine, turn the distributor housing slightly so the pickup coil is aligned with the reluctor.
Install the distributor holddown clamp and bolt. Hand tighten the bolt.
Connect the pickup leads to the wiring harness.
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.
Hi there: Check this removal procedure (See Figures 1 through 5)
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Unfasten the retaining clips (only remove the coil wire if necessary) and lift the distributor cap straight off. It will be easier to install the distributor if the spark plug wiring is left connected to the cap. If the plug wires must be removed from the cap, mark their positions to aid in installation.
Remove the dust cover and mark the position of the rotor relative to the distributor body; then mark the position of the distributor body relative to the engine block.
Detach the harness assembly connector.
Remove the pinch-bolt and lift the distributor straight out, away from the engine. The rotor and body are marked so that they can be returned to the position from which they were removed. Do not turn or disturb the engine (unless absolutely necessary) after the distributor assembly has been removed.
Exploded view of the distributor assembly-6-cylinder engine
Align the mark on the housing with the mark on the shaft-VG30i and VG30E engines
After the distributor assembly has been installed, the rotor should be in this position-VG30i and VG30E engines
After the distributor assembly has been installed, the rotor should be in this position-KA24E engine
INSTALLATIONTiming Not Disturbed
Insert the distributor in the block and align ALL matchmarks made during removal.
Engage the distributor driven gear with the distributor drive.
Install the distributor clamp and secure it with the pinch-bolt.
Install the distributor cap and fasten the harness electrical connector.
If necessary, install the spark plug wires and coil wire.
Start the engine. Check the timing and adjust it if necessary.
It is necessary to place the No. 1 cylinder in the firing position to correctly install the distributor. To locate this position, the ignition timing marks on the crankshaft front pulley can be used.
Remove the No. 1 cylinder spark plug. Turn the crankshaft until the piston in the No. 1 cylinder is moving up on the compression stroke. This can be determined by placing your thumb over the spark plug hole and feeling the air being forced out of the cylinder. Stop turning the crankshaft when the timing marks indicate TDC or 0 .
Oil the distributor housing lightly where the distributor bears on the cylinder block.
Install the distributor so that the rotor, which is mounted on the shaft, points toward the No. 1 spark plug terminal tower position when the cap is installed. Of course, you won't be able to see the direction in which the rotor is pointing if the cap is installed, so lay the cap on the top of the distributor and make a mark on the side of the distributor housing just below the No. 1 spark plug terminal. Make sure that the rotor points toward that mark when you install the distributor.
On the VG30i and VG30E engines, align the mark on the distributor shaft with the protruding mark on the housing.
When the distributor shaft has reached the bottom of the hole, gently move the rotor back and forth slightly until the driving lug on the end of the shaft enter the slots cut in the end of the oil pump shaft and the distributor assembly slides down into place.
On the VG30i and VG30E engines, the distributor rotor tip should be in the 11 o'clock position.
Fasten the distributor hold-down bolt.
Install the spark plug into the No. 1 spark plug hole.
Install the distributor cap and engage the harness electrical connector.
If necessary, attach the spark plug wires and coil wire.
Start the engine. Check the timing and adjust it if necessary.
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Remove the cap. Mark the position of the distributor to the engine and mark the position of the rotor to the distributor. Unplug the distributor and remove the 13 mm holddown bolt and holddown and pull out the distributor. Reinstall lining everything up on the new distributor.
Chevrolet fools you with this one. The thing that was the distributor in the back of the engine, is really the cam position sensor. It has a cap,rotor & plus wires, but the timing chores are handled by the computer. The other function of the unit, is to drive the oil pump. The housing isn't even metal, but some kind of plastic.The small wires comming out of the back of the housing go to the computer, to tell it the camshaft position. If you pull it out, make sure you have the engine on TDC, #1 firing position, before removing it. There are no timing marks on the front dampner to help in realigning it if you don't. Also, check the gear for abnormal wear, as mine was worn on one side, causing a strange, intermitted miss, that the dealer couldn't diagnose. (I did that myself)
step one disconnect battery make sure ya got radio codes
step two remove wiring and note position of wires write down on paper or digital camera before removal
mark position of starter where she mounts to engine
remove bolts normally 2 or 3
fit new starter reversal of removal hope this helps not always easy to get at
I never worked on a Suzuki so if this has a distributor look for a connector that has the letter T on it If it is a distributorless ignition the inginition module will have the same marking for the tachometer. If you do not see any reference such as I mentioned do not connect any wires anywhere for this tach until you know from someone else that has a better idea
remove the distributor cap mark the position of the rotor on the distributor mark the position of the distributor on the intake or fire wall remove the hold down bolt and slowly remove the old one make sure the gasket comes off too to install just reverse the steps lining up the marks you made