Re: Does replacing distributor O-ring require re-timing?

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Old 01 Aug 2005, 12:48 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does replacing distributor O-ring require re-timing?

My 1986 Camry had a slotted adjustment as part of the mounting hold
down screw. Be aware that the distributor shaft gear is a helix gear
and will cause the distributor to rotate as you attempt to seat the

You will need to mark the adjustment and check the position of the
distrib rotor after it is seated.

Good Luck.

Ladd wrote:
> I want to pull the distributor and replacing the leaking shaft o-ring
> on my 1996 Camry wagon (four-cylinder).
> While I can certainly see that retiming the engine after replacing the
> distributor couldn't hurt, I'm wondering if it is required.
> The distributor housing only bolts onto the engine block one way and
> the shaft end can only seat internally two ways -- the way it was
> when you took it out and 180-degrees reversed. If I am careful to not
> rotate the shaft (or anything else) when removing/replacing the
> o-ring, won't the timing be unaffected when putting the distributor
> back in?
> I ask not because I'm lazy, but because I don't have the tools to do
> the timing. I guess I'll have to buy the tools if re-timing is
> necessary, but if it is not, I'ld rather not.
> FWIW: the last car I timed was my 1950 Plymouth Deluxe back in the
> early '80s. A lot more space under the hood!
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