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Old 11-21-2010, 09:02 AM   #1
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Default Distributor O-ring

I am going to change the o-ring since it looks like it may be the cause for my leak. I can only find two bolts to that hold the distributor. Is this correct? I am use to having 3 on the b-series is why I would like some clarification. Also, where do you guys recommend making the marks to line up so that the timing won't be off?

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Old 11-21-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Not sure on what engines have which but I did a motor swap in my moms f22 accord with a jdm motor (obd1 tho so diff dizzy since it was diff year also) and one had a distributor with slotted holes (must mark it if u dont time it after) and the other didnt have slotted holes, so its pretty hard to mess up and it can only fit into the cam 1 of 2 ways so thats hard to mess up too....just remember which way the rotor is pointing (or make sure u dont move the rotor shaft while u switch o-ring)

Either way an easy way is use a black sharpie and color around the outside of one or more of the distributor bolts, so when it goes back in you know where it was and can just put the bolt head into the non colored part..or if afraif of it rubbing off make some scratch marks with a flathead or something..or just time it afterwards if youre able to....
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My main problem is that there is only 2 bolts that actually hold it to the head. The location of these two bolts proves to be a problem for drawing a mark.
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Theres gotta be a mark somewhere where the dizzy mates to the head for a reference point that you can make...or just loosen the bolts while holding the dizzy and turn it left and then right and see where it is if its more towards the center of the holes or more towards one end....this is assuming it doesnt have the long slotted holes.
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Anyone else before I start on Wednesday?
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You'll have to get creative about marking the position. Use a paint marker because it can mark right on dirt and grime and show up well. Pay attention to where the dirt and bolt marks are as you remove the distributor. The will also help you bolt it back on precisely. Anyway, there's always somewhere to make a mark. Find it and mark it with the paint before unbolting.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:50 PM   #7
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Default Re: Distributor O-ring

Yup, scribed where you want on the distributor and somewhere on the engine side, so you can always line it back up when it comes to installing it back on.

Most Honda uses 3 bolt distributor.
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Your specific distributor has only 2 bottom bolts because the ecu controls all timing advance/ retard
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Meaning it'll automatically set the timing or?
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ok, I'll start by saying, you can install the distributor incorrectly and then the car WILL NOT START. Make an effort to TDC the car OR take note of the position of the rotor prior to removal. Once the new distributor is in, it's set it and forget it!
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on me. After further inspection, there are no slotted holes so I can't adjust the timing from the distributor so this is simple job of just removing two bolts and then replacing the o-ring and screwing the two bolts back in. I am still going to note which location the rotor is pointing to and still find a place to mark just in case something unforeseen happens.

Thank you guys for all of your valued inputs. .
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After more forum browsing I hear the distributor "tangs" are offset to help prevent from putting the dizzy in 180 degrees out. So if the dizzy takes alot of pressure to mate to the head its prob in 180 out.
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I simply etched mine in using a ruler and a sharp metal object. Tired the paint, but I didn't think it was as accurate. Make sure you can see that marking well enough.
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