Mazda MX-6 Forum banner

1 - 7 of 7 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
This goes through the easy, EASY process of replacing a distributor on your turbo mazda mx-6, 626, or ford probe.

all you need is half an hour to do this.

Tools needed:
12mm open ended box wrench
flat head screw driver
phillips head screw driver
and that crazy bent screwdriver thingy pictured, or a stubby phillips or flat head screw driver. available at sears.

New distributor costs around $170.99, plust a $70 core charge, which is refunded once you return your old distributor to the place where you purchased the new one.

-----------------------------------
Recommended repairs/maintainance while doing this project:
Replacement of spark plugs.
Replacement of distributor cap.
Replacement of distributor rotor.
Replacement of spark plug wires.
Replacement of Air filter (if you open the air box to access distributor cap screws).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #2 (Edited by Moderator)
The begining.

First thing you need to do, as recommended per the instructions, is to disconnect the negative battery cable.

Second step, is to remove the distributor cap. This can be done two ways. each way removes two screws holding the cap to the distributor, one on either side of the cap.

the first way is to use the squiggly screw driver thats picture, or to use a stubby screw driver.

the second way, is to remove the top of the airbox, so that you can use a longer screw driver to get more torque on the scews holding the distributor cap on the distributor.

Once you have the cap unscrewed from the distributor, set it aside with the spark plug wires still connected to it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #3 (Edited by Moderator)
Your next step is going to be removing the rotor and protective housing from the distributor.

The rotor is removed by gently pulling on either side of it, and just easing it off. It may take a little work, but it'll come off. Before removing the rotor, be sure to make a note of what direction the rotor is pointing before removing it. draw a picture, score a mark on the distributor, something!

Once you have the rotor removed, the black plastic protective housing should just come right off. its not fastened down by anything except the cap which was removed.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #4 (Edited by Moderator)
Once you have removed the cap, rotor, and plastic housing, all thats left now is to unbolt the distributor from the block and to unplug it!

the distributor is held on by two 12mm bolts.
the plug is a bit tricky to undo, but it comes apart.

Make sure before you remove or turn the distributor in any way, to note the way the rotor is positioned (rotor is circled in blue) and where the bolts are located in their adjustment slots.

once you do all of the above, just turn the rotor and ease it out of its socket on the engine block!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #5 (Edited)
Once you have the old distributor out, you need to replace it with the new one!

before you try to install the new distributor, match it up to the old one.

make sure the rotor is in the same location as the old one was. on the part of the distributor that goes into the block, make sure the little fins are going the same way.

*Also, you may want to clean the socket of oil if you need to. as you can see, my valve cover gasket leaked oil onto/around the distributor area, possibly causing mine to fail.*

now that you have the rotor position identical to the old distributor, you can put the distributor into the block.

just gently slide it in. if the distributor wont go in all the way, just turn it slightly one side to another, to get the little fins into the slot on the end of the cam shaft.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #6 (Edited by Moderator)
Once you have the distributor into the block, you just need to bolt it up, plug it in, and replace the protective cover, the rotor, and then the cap!

Before tightening down the distributor to the block, try to get it lined up in the adjustment slots like it was with the the old distributor. use references on the old distributor to get the position right.

put the black protective cover back onto the distributor, and then replace the distributor rotor, and then cap.

Reattach the negative battery cable.

And thats it! You are done!

all you need to do now, is turn the car on!

if the car is running crappy, loosen the adjustment bolts, and turn the distributor slightly to either the front and back of the car, until the car runs properly.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,194 Posts
Discussion Starter #7
Thats all there is to replacing your distributor!

Should you want to fine tune your ignition timing, you should use a timing light, available at most auto parts stores. I have one, just dont ask me how the hell to use it ;)

Good luck, and be safe!

-meaty
 
1 - 7 of 7 Posts
Top