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Old 12-22-2005, 01:01   #1 (permalink)
Joe W.
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Stuck distributor... help!

Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
run durectly over and around the distributor.

Any suggestions would be very appreciated.


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Old 12-22-2005, 03:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Stuck distributor... help!

In article <43aa5736$0$1869$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com>, Joe W. wrote:
> Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
> first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
> will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
> around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
> don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
> room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
> run durectly over and around the distributor.


> Any suggestions would be very appreciated.


Gentle taping with a rubber mallet on the metal housing near the vacume
advance has worked for me... but I've never done it with a ford
smallblock V8. Another idea might be a strap wrench. (the rubber strap
that wraps around whatever you want to turn with a handle)




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Old 12-22-2005, 07:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Stuck distributor... help!


"Joe W." <v> wrote in message
news:43aa5736$0$1869$c3e8da3@news.astraweb.com...
> Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
> first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
> will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
> around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try?
> I don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too
> much room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the
> A/C lines run durectly over and around the distributor.
>
> Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
>

your best bet is to try and move the dist upwards first a small block of
wood and a mallet. i know its tight in there. leave the locking tab and bolt
inplace just loose. there is a slight tape where the dist housing pierces
the front of the block. upward movement of a few thousandths should do the
trick.


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Old 12-22-2005, 08:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Stuck distributor... help!

On Wed, 21 Dec 2005 23:34:22 -0800, "Joe W." <v> wrote:

>Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
>first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
>will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
>around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
>don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
>room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
>run durectly over and around the distributor.
>
>Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
>

How about an oil filter wrench? ( the bamd type, of course)
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Old 12-22-2005, 13:01   #5 (permalink)
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IIRC, some of these distributors had a hex cast into the area where the bowl
and the shaft meet. Sorry, I can't remember the size and the wrench you use
will have to be cut down (got one in the "wierd stuff" drawer in my tool
chest). This is likely the safest method.... the band wrench sounds OK if
you can find a good purchase.... I try to avoid anything that involves
striking the distributor or prying on it.



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Old 12-22-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Stuck distributor... help!


Joe W. wrote:
> Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
> first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
> will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
> around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
> don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
> room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
> run durectly over and around the distributor.


Put on some good penetrating lube on it for a few days. When I say
good, something like P'Blaster or Kroil. WD-40 is good for drying out a
distributor cap, not much more. Soak it down each and every day. After
a few days get the engine good and warm and when you are ready to
adjust the timing hit the distributor housing (near the hold down bolt)
with something really cold. Environuts might freak, but some freon
works pretty good. Or a CO2 fire extinguisher. That SHOULD be enough to
free it up. The strap wrench is a good idea to turn it. Good luck.

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Old 12-22-2005, 17:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Stuck distributor... help!

Joe W. wrote:

> Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
> first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
> will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
> around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
> don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
> room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
> run durectly over and around the distributor.
>
> Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
>
>

A very common problem, and not that big a deal. Go out every day for a week and
spray just a little bit of PB blaster around the base. After a week, it should come
loose pretty easily just by grabbing and turning.
Don't hit it with a hammer, unless you plan on replacing it.
Some vice grips on the base may help. But they should be just tight enough to
get a good grip, not gorilla tight.

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Old 12-26-2005, 21:01   #8 (permalink)
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Joe W. wrote:
> Any ideas for unsticking a stuck distributor? Checking the timing for the
> first time since owning the car made me realize that the dist is stuck and
> will not rotate. I loosened the hold down bolt and bracket and they move
> around just fine but the distributor refuses to budge. What should I try? I
> don't want to destroy the thing or snap it off. Also, there isn't too much
> room around the distributor as this is an '85 GT with A/C, and the A/C lines
> run durectly over and around the distributor.
>
> Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
>
>

Whatever you do, don't try to pry it up! I did that to my dist on a 5.0 liter
Lincoln and it bent the shaft. Putting penetrating oil on the base is the way
to go.
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