New Distributor Write Up

New Distributor Write Up

Postby nyukx3fan [OP] » January 1st 2019, 5:55pm

Thought I'd share my experience changing my distributor on my 2001 Astro.

My van is my daily driver with 245 k miles. Runs fine except lately had some problems getting the car to start. Decided to replace the Distributor, cap and rotor. I replaced the wires 25 k ago.

Problem ......you should find TDC on cylinder #1. In an Astro, Safri.........that's not easy. I wasn't really wanting to pull the spark plug. Since the car ran, you could just make an arbitrary mark where the rotor is and pull and replace to the same mark. I wanted it on TDC.

What I did........

I pulled the cap and if you look on your new distributor you will see a "6" on the body of the distributor. The engine is at TDC when the rotor is pointing to the "6". So I bumped the ignition until it was close to "6" That got me close ......I then look under the drivers side engine and you will see a timing mark on the pulley and a timing mark on the timing cover. I was off by 1" so I aligned them by turning the crank pulley with a breaker bar.

I had confusion I had when looking at You Tube videos. The problem is which marks to align with the timing cover mark because the marks line up at compression and exhaust. Most pull the spark plug and put their finger over the hole to find compression. .................Yea in a S 10 that will work......Astro......no.

So lined up the rotor with "6" ...........got under the car and the marks were close(I was off by an inch" so I then lined them up ......double checked the rotor was on "6" and pulled the distributor.

Replacing the distributor is easy..........If you look on your new distributor you will find a paint mark on the body of the distributor. On the bottom gear there is a dimple.......its just below the roll pin. Line the dimple up with the paint mark. Turn the distrubutor so the bracket lines up with the 10mm bolt hole and push it in. If you did that correctly the rotor will line up with the "6". If its not on the "6" you have to try again.

Installed everything. Make sure your coil wire goes UNDER the AC lines. Otherwise you'll sandwich the coil wire between the dog house and AC line.

It started up and sounded great.

Happy New Year.......
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Re: New Distributor Write Up

Postby tungtide » January 1st 2019, 6:56pm

Great post. Thank you!
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Re: New Distributor Write Up

Postby sixsix » January 1st 2019, 7:47pm

nyukx3fan wrote: ... I wanted it on TDC.

What I did........

I pulled the cap and if you look on your new distributor you will see a "6" on the body of the distributor. The engine is at TDC when the rotor is pointing to the "6". So I bumped the ignition until it was close to "6" That got me close ......I then look under the drivers side engine and you will see a timing mark on the pulley and a timing mark on the timing cover. I was off by 1" so I aligned them by turning the crank pulley with a breaker bar.

I had confusion I had when looking at You Tube videos. The problem is which marks to align with the timing cover mark because the marks line up at compression and exhaust. Most pull the spark plug and put their finger over the hole to find compression. .................Yea in a S 10 that will work......Astro......no.


Randy and I have to "beg to differ".
Reached right up & popped the plug out w/o special tools.
That coincided with the dist / rotor "actually pointing at" the #1 cyl w/ it's piston @ TDC.
Besides, the #1 on the cap was set at the proper rotor position.


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Then underneath - on our our 92 - there were 2 Timing Marks behind the crank pulley.
The 1st one coincided w/ the Timing Mark and #1 @ TDC.

You seemed to have had an easier time of it than I did...
Here was our saga:
https://www.astrosafari.com/viewtopic.p ... 9#p1140129


But, I digress, Nice Job !!

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Re: New Distributor Write Up

Postby AstroWill » January 2nd 2019, 1:38am

nyukx3fan wrote:Thought I'd share my experience changing my distributor on my 2001 Astro.

Thanks for sharing your experience.
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