Weird Sponge on the Back of the Distributor

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Old 01 Jan 2006, 09:38 pm   #1 (permalink)
bauz
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Default Weird Sponge on the Back of the Distributor

1991 Camry, 4cyl, fwd

I just finished replacing the o-ring on the distributor shaft. When I
cleaned the back of the dist(the flat side that touches the engine head),
I noticed a small piece of sponge(?) glued (maybe because of the heat)
next to one of its corners, but most of it was placed between the
distributor and the head. First I thought it was some marking that was
left by a mechanic, so I removed it. Now, I am a bit worried that I might
had removed something that suppose to prevent oil from leaking out.
Although it seems that it doesn't belong there, I don't think that anyone
removed the distributor before, therefore it might have been there
originally.
Please let me know if you noticed anything similar when you took out the
distributor on a 3SFE engine. Thanks.


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Old 02 Jan 2006, 08:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"bauz" <b_avta@nospam.hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> 1991 Camry, 4cyl, fwd
>
> I just finished replacing the o-ring on the distributor shaft. When I
> cleaned the back of the dist(the flat side that touches the engine head),
> I noticed a small piece of sponge(?) glued (maybe because of the heat)
> next to one of its corners, but most of it was placed between the
> distributor and the head. First I thought it was some marking that was
> left by a mechanic, so I removed it. Now, I am a bit worried that I might
> had removed something that suppose to prevent oil from leaking out.
> Although it seems that it doesn't belong there, I don't think that anyone
> removed the distributor before, therefore it might have been there
> originally.
> Please let me know if you noticed anything similar when you took out the
> distributor on a 3SFE engine. Thanks.


May have been an effort to stop a previous leak. If it was flattened between
to flat metal surfaces,..its probably not original.

Jason


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