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How do you install a distributor cap on a 1997 dodge Dakota? It has a 3.9l engine.

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At the bottom of the dist.shaft there is a bolt that holds it in place take that out and pry up on the dist. until it pops out of the hole. make sure you note where the rotor is pointed as the new dist and rotor have to be in the exact same location as the old one or you can and will jump time. other than that it pretty easy.

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  3. Scribe a mark on the edge of the distributor housing to indicate the position of the rotor. Use the mark as a reference when reinstalling the distributor.
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  3. If engine has been cranked with distributor removed perform the following:
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