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Old 04-03-2010, 10:20 PM
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Default How-To: Rebuild Distributor

This thread applies to any work you need to do inside a Honda distributor, whether it be replacing the ignition coil, distributor cap, rotor button, etc...

For this How-To, my focus is the internal distributor seal. If you EVER have an oil leak INSIDE your distributor(seen when removing distributor cap and having oil laying inside it), this is the only normal possible culprit. If oil leaks around or under your distributor, it's probably the O-ring.

For the ignition coil - see #G.

"Dizzy" = Distributor.


A-1. 1st -- There are 3 phillips head bolts(8mm) holding the platic distributor cap on, remove these 3 with an 8mm socket. .

A-2. Tools Needed -- HondaBond(gasket maker), 8mm, 12mm, phillips screwdriver, skinny flathead screwdriver or tiny precision flathead, vice-grips, and a black magic marker or white out.

A. Before removing these 3 distributor bolts, use marker or white out to mark around the washers of the 3 bolts so that when you put it back on later, you know exactly where timing was set with these 3 bolts!!! Mark by drawing line around the bolt, and make sure you see that line flush around bolts when putting back on later!

Remove the 3 distributor bolts(12mm) surround the metal housing - there are 2 on top by the valve cover, and 1 on the bottom center.

B. Turn Crank Pulley to rotate rotor button until you can see and reach the phillips screw to take out. This crank pulley is located on your driver's side behind the tire. Remove the wheel or turn it all the way to the left as I did. There behind the timing cover(if you have one) you will see the crank pulley. Use a 19mm and turn it COUNTER-clockwise, the same direction the motor runs. Turn it a few times, then go check up top in the dizzy to see if you can see the phillips screw yet.(See #C).

C. This is the screw you want to take out - it is holding the plastic rotor button in(rotor button and distributor cap is part of any regular tune-up).

D. This is the Distributor Seal(located in the center internally of the distributor after you remove all the stuff - it's in the only hole in the distributor) and the O-Ring(located on back side of distributor where it connects to the cam. He is responsible for external oil leakage under the dizzy.

E. O-ring location(with O-ring removed).

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If only replaing O-ring to stop external oil leak under dizzy, then skip all the following steps and go to #16.
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F. Path to the Distributor seal, it's at the bottom of that shaft in the center, we'll have to remove stuff to get there, which leads us to #G.

G. The 3 screws(See #H) to remove the surrounding plate that the distributor shaft is part of. My screwdriver is touching the top center of the 3. The other two are on the lower right, and lower left. The ignition coil is the black thing that has the spring sticking out at the bottom of the pic.

H. Here are the 3 holes those screws came out of.

I. Remove the snap ring(round thin circleclip), and the little pin inside of it(pointed to with screwdriver) will fall out. this allows the distributor shaft to now be removed/pushed out the other side.

J. Remove the 2 tiny phillips screws that go in these 2 holes to hold down these 2 wires. CAREFUL, the crappy makeup of these screws is easy to strip. USE leverage, get a good grip(maybe tap your screwdriver a time or two with a hammer) and then carefully break them loose.
K. See the little phillips screw? Remove that OR it's easier to just bend the bracket it's holding - your goal is just to remove that wiring harness it's holding.
Pull the distributor shaft and all the surrounding stuff it's attached to out. This is easily done by taking your hammer(soft mallet would be better) and tapping the other end(#L) where you removed the snap ring and pin - tap it once or twice and you'll see it coming out the other side.
L. This is the other end after snapring and thingy are removed. Tap this with the hammer to see it come out other end(internal part of dizzy).
M. Finally! There she is - screwdriver is pointing to the distributor seal - this is what we've been getting to so that we can replace it and stop the internal oil leak!
O. Example shot of the distributor shaft WITH the dizzy seal, then the snapring and the pin that falls out.
P. If replacing the O-ring, remove it with your fingers or a flathead and needlenose pliers, then put hondabond(gasket maker) around the area the new o-ring will sit.
Q. Also put this gasket maker round the flat surface of the dizzy that will mate to the block - this is to form a sealed tight mating surface so no oil can leak back thru tiny cracks or uneven metal surfaces.


Put everthing back in the order you removed. hand tighten all screws, then tighten them down to spec.
Do NOT tighten the three 12mm bolts for the dizzy all the way - just tighten a little snug, and let it sit 24hrs. for that gasket maker to dry and settle. After 24hrs., come back and tighten good, then crank car to check for any leaks - inspect your work. DO NOT crank car anytime before that 24hrs. at all - only crank after 24hrs. and AFTER you've tightened the 3 bolts real good.


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^^Thanks guys - I appreciate that - I hope it is helpful for those that use it as a reference.

Forgot to mention the usual - CLEAN all mating surfaces before putting back together and before applying the gasket sealer.

Check timing after installing the distributor by looking at the marks the crank pulley lines up with and using your timing light and owner's manual(like hayne's or helms).
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Helped me out! Thanks for taking the time to post this!!
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Gonna attempt this because I have a little bit of oil in my cap. What do I ask for at the store? Just distributor o-ring and dizzy seal?
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Where did you buy the seal for the inside of the dizzy?
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