I posted this basic R&R of the pickup coil in a message the other day.
I am giving it it's "own" thread because I'm afriad this valueable info will be lost in the other discussion.
This way... when somebody who wants to replace their pickup coil in the future, but doesn't know exactly how, and does a search for help, will have a better chance of finding it.
Copy & paste...
Before removing the dist:
- remove dist cap
- mark where the rotor is exactly pointing (let say 3:00)
- mark where the dist is
- remove connections
- remove the ignition module & rotor (wipe module off with a clean rag, do not use any type of cleaner on it)
- remove dist hold-down nut (15mm)
- remove dist from engine
Before removing the dist gear from the dist:
- remember the key-way at the top of the shaft for the rotor matches the key-dot on the dist gear
- using a correct size punch, tap the roll pin out of the lower dist gear
- as you pull the shaft through it may be stubborn, depends on oil changes, use some penetrating oil and keep working it untill it slides through, don't beat on it with anything
- once shaft is out you can now remove clip and remove pickup coil
Be sure to clean everything now really good with carb or brake cleaner..... reassemble:
- put your new pickup coil in place
- install snap ring
- be sure to install a new dist o-ring at this time while you have dist out of car
- do not install ignition module at this time
- coat the shaft with some oil before sliding it into the distributor
- install your dist gear, don't forget the 2 washers, and make sure the dot is on the same side of the shaft as your rotor key-way
- line up the holes on the dist gear & shaft, and carefully tap the roll pin in place
- check for any binding... your almost done!
Now reinstall the dist into the car:
- ok... gear will not fall into where it was exactly, you have to "walk" the gear around in order to get the rotor exactly where it was before. (3:00) Basicly put the dist back in roughly where it goes, you will notice the base of the dist will not sit flush, pull up on the dist a little bit, back the rotor off a tad, then drop it back in. You will still not be flush and the rotor will now be at 4:00. Repeat this process over & over going clockwise bringing the rotor all the way around one position at a time. When you get to the 2:00 position, the next hit should be a winner. The dist will sit flush, and the rotor will be pointing exactly where it was when you pulled it out. If is doesn't, go around the clock again. Sometimes it takes a few laps.
- position the dist where it was when you removed it, this will get you within 1-2 degrees, snug dist down
- install ignition module, BE SURE TO USE NEW WHITE HEAT SINK GREASE, don't use the clear stuff
- hook up all your connections, cap & rotor, and your done!
Be sure to check your timing and check for leaks.
[This message has been edited by Skybax (edited 11-11-2004).]