How to Replace a Distributor

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Distributor . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Combination Wrench Set
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Spark Tester
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Distributor

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $1,529.28 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $2,181.74 parts and labor


  • Turn the vehicle on and prop the hood up.
  • Look for the source that is accountable for chirping/squealing noise.
  • Turn the vehicle off. Locate the distributor and take it away.
  • Observe the distributor shaft for unnecessary movement.
  • Take a new distributor and fix it in place of old distributor. Don’t secure it yet.
  • Mount the rotor on the distributor.
  • Put the distributor cap back onto the distributor. Ensure that the rotor is directing towards the first cylinder terminal.
  • Reattach the spark plug wires in a proper order.
  • Clasp a timing light to the spark plug wire of the first cylinder.
  • Find the timing mark on the engine block and the harmonic balancer.
  • Turn the vehicle on.
  • Now, taking timing light directed at the engine timing mark as a guideline and turn the distributor slowly unless it will become in line.
  • Once the adjustments have been made, secure the distributor.
  • Take a small drive and make sure that everything is properly functioning.

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