89 4cyl distributor removal

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Old 20 Nov 2004, 04:22 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 89 4cyl distributor removal

I recently bought a new set of plug wires and a distributor cap for my
89 4cyl. Problem now is that one of the screws on the cap is stripped
somehow and rotates in its socket without moving out.

Anybody have any bright ideas on what my next course of action should
be? The only way I can see getting a drill in there is to completely
disconnect everything surrounding the cap, which I can't really do,
because it's my only mode of transportation and I can't afford for it to
be taken apart for more than a day.

The engine has started to sputter slightly when starting while the
engine is warm, and I figured I'd replace the cap in an attempt to fix it.

Any help would be awesome!
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Old 21 Nov 2004, 12:47 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: 89 4cyl distributor removal

Not sure about the 89 model, but on later ones if you remove the air
cleaner assembly -- all plastic/rubber with just hose clamps, you'll get
fairly good access. Or you could try a right angle drill or flexible shaft
drill. Sometimes if you put outward pressure on the screw head (pry on the
cap or screw head) while loosening the screw, it will unscrew far enough
to get pliers on it to turn it the rest of the way. May have to tap anew
with larger size once removed.

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