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Distributor stuck! by Bigbear68
Started on: 04-11-2015 07:53 AM
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Report this Post04-11-2015 07:53 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Bigbear68Send a Private Message to Bigbear68Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Hi,

I am having problems removing my distributor.
It feels like it's stuck in the gears?

I can turn the "outside" with no problems, the rotor can be turned some degrees and lifts "as usual"... and then I can get it up some extra millimeters.
Then, nothing...

Anu idéas on how to move forward?
How much force to use and where to apply

...or did I simply miss something along the way?

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Report this Post04-11-2015 08:45 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Welcome to the Forum!

Have you moved the crankshaft at all? If you rotate it a half turn or so, forward and back....it would help. What engine do you have?
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Report this Post04-11-2015 09:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Bigbear68Send a Private Message to Bigbear68Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Thanx,

I have not tried rotating. The engine is a 2.8 V6 on a 86 GT.

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Report this Post04-11-2015 09:27 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Riddick85Send a Private Message to Riddick85Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
First the obvious but I have to ask. Did you take out the single bolt and hold down? Other than that just try and rotate the shift as you pull up. They can be a bit hard sometimes but it shouldn't take the hulk to get it out either
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Report this Post04-11-2015 09:39 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Bigbear68Send a Private Message to Bigbear68Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Yep,

bolt and hold down is gone. Trying to turn the rotor as I pull.
No luck

Removed the ignition coil to get more space but it's just stuck.. but at least the housing moves around fine )

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More twisting and more up force on the distributor housing. The O-ring at the base is most likely sticking and holding it in.
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Report this Post04-11-2015 12:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 85 SE VIN 9Click Here to Email 85 SE VIN 9Send a Private Message to 85 SE VIN 9Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Get one of those bar clamps from HF or somewhere and use it as a spreader.
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Report this Post04-11-2015 12:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for Bigbear68Send a Private Message to Bigbear68Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
More force and more twisting did it, thanks!!
I now have a new pick up coil and a live Fiero
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Report this Post04-20-2015 12:08 AM Click Here to See the Profile for LiftHatchClick Here to Email LiftHatchSend a Private Message to LiftHatchEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I am going through the same issue as the op, I will rotate the crank pulley and wiggle the dizzy around next time and report the results.
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Report this Post04-20-2015 01:00 AM Click Here to See the Profile for PatrickClick Here to Email PatrickSend a Private Message to PatrickEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by LiftHatch:

I will rotate the crank pulley and wiggle the dizzy around next time and report the results.


IMO, it makes no difference rotating the the crankshaft to remove the distributor. It's not the gear at the bottom of the distributor that gets stuck, it's the O-ring of the outer housing that may sometimes bind on the way up and out of the lower intake plenum. Twist the housing back and forth while pulling up as hard as possible. If it can be raised at all, but it's still sticking, squirt some lubricant down where the O-ring sits.

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