Replacing a matching distributor
I have an 83 Lincoln Towncar with 170,000 miles. I am about to replace my distributor (this one is simple, with no vacuum, no wires). The original one is completely worn, and I can giggle it back and forth! Before I pulled out the original, I marked the side of the distributor cap so I can match the location of the rotor when replacing the distributor. I have a complete match replacement for the distributor, but when I am going to replace the distributor, the rotor does not line up in the same location as the previous distributor. It seems to be advanced a mere 5%. Since the original was all worn out and loose, is this 5% advancement expected? Why wouldn't the replacement distributor align the rotor in the same place as the original? What problems will I run into if I leave the rotor in the 5% advanced location? I need to get this back in right away and get the car running again quickly.