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Old 09-04-2002, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON??

So my car's been running like sh*t lately, so today I took off my distributor cap. Inside the cap looks brand new, and my wires look really good too. However, the white tip of my rotor button is charred and burnt looking? Now I just can't figure out how to take it off? I thought it just pops off, but it doesn't want to budge.....help!
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theres a little retaining screw on the back side/shaft of the rotor.. make sure you press in hard so the screwdriver doesn't slip out and strip the screw...
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Crank the motor til you see the screw on the side "path" of the leak cover.

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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (RK)

Ok. Found the screw. That thing is in there TIGHT. I nearly stripped it. I'm really afraid to try anymore. Will that whole assembly come off so I can reach it better?
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (ebelp)

you can take the distributor off the three bolts and electrical connection, but if you do make sure to set your ignition timing (it really wouldn't be that much easier to remove the screw that way, but you can try).
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (ebelp)

u have to use the right size of screwdriver to prevent it from stripping. u want the screwdriver to snugly fit the + head of the screw.
been there and i had to take the distributor off to force it out.

just take ur time.
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (G2--LS)

Use a #3 phillips screwdriver if you can to help prevent from stripping the head.

Use a hammer and tap the end of the screwdriver to get it to seat deeper into the screw, then turn while pushing down real hard into the head of the screw.

Worst case (which might actually be the best way to go before you strip the screw any more), would be to remove the distributor as a whole.....only (3) 12mm bolts and a couple of wire harnesses.
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Yup, just keep cranking it until the screw is out on the opening or do what I did, had someone push the car and the rotor will turn. Stop when you see it.
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I plan on just removing the entire distributor.


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I plan on just removeing the entire distributor.
As long as you have a timing light...I'd much rather just take the entire distributor out.
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (RK)

Timing light?! What if I don't have one? What are the risks?
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (ebelp)

It's ghetto but draw a line across the distributor mount and bracket with a big marker so that when you put it back togather you can line it back up. I've done it before when my timing light was on loan. It'll let you get the car running again. When you get a chance use a light to set your timing where you want it.
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Default Re: How do you remove the ROTOR BUTTON?? (eh-D)

Isn't there only one way the distributor will go back on?
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I plan on just removeing the entire distributor.
tell me the results i have to do the same
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