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Distributor Rotor Assembly

Summary: Removing the Distributor Rotor Assembly

The Distributor Rotor Assembly

Lets take a look at the Distributor Rotor Assembly.

When purchasing replacement parts it may be a good idea to replace known faulty parts first, therefore you could return the parts that were not necessary to get the care engine running.

If the car engine has not had a tune up and you know that the old parts are due for replacement then it would be advisable to do so as soon as you are able which will prevent any unexpected breakdowns and inconveniences.

Keep in mind that some auto parts stores will have rental or loaner tools available for you to use, and may only require a deposit and maybe a small fee to use the tool. Maybe if you are purchasing your parts there they will allow you to use these tools for free - it may pay to just ask and be friendly!

EXAMPLE: Engine System Components of a 1994 Honda Civic.

Typical Basic Engine Components

Here are the Basic Engine Components you'll need to identify for your car.


* PLEASE NOTE This discussion is limited to this particular car. Your car might be different. Verify the exact wiring for your application requirements.
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The Distributor Rotor Assembly Location

Under the Hood - Distributor Rotor


Distributor Rotor Removal

Caution: Some rotors do not come off easily.
Problem: The rotor is stuck and breaks off, and the metal base of the rotor needs to be replaced.

The black plastic container at the top left of the distributor shaft is the Ignition Control Module (ICM) which may need replacing, especially of it is found that the spark plugs were not producing spark or a test of the spark plug wires did not indicate that power was being sent to the spark plugs when the distributor cap was in place. In some cases this may be the one faulty part which will prevent the engine from starting. To replace this part the rotor and dust shield will need to be removed and there are two phillips screws that hold the module in place. These screws are known to be tough to loosen up and may require using a impact screwdriver.


Solution for Distributor Rotor Removal


Removing a Stuck Distributor Rotor Base

NOTE: This is actually a pipe flaring tool, however a small gear puller locks pretty much the same except the two arms are not solid but adjustable so that they will swing in and latch behind the stuck rotor base so the puller can do it's job of sliding forward.

I Hope this Description of the Distributor Rotor Assembly Helps You!

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