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Old 07-23-2013, 11:11 AM
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Default Stuck Distributor

Make: toyota
Model: Camry
Year: 85
Engine/Modifications in relation to the issue: Stock
Issues/Questions: I can't get the distributor out.
Failed solutions until now: I have removed the vacuum lines, the cap, spark plug wires and the hold down bolts. I can, with a lot of effort twist the distributor clockwise and counterclockwise but cannot get it out. I've tried spraying the base with penetrating oil but nothing yet. What's next ?
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:10 PM
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Have you removed the distributor cap to see if there's any other fasteners underneath? I'm assuming that's the standard style distributor that just has two slotted ears to mount the assembly to the engine or whatever?
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:11 PM
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Default Re: Stuck Distributor

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Have you removed the distributor cap to see if there's any other fasteners underneath? I'm assuming that's the standard style distributor that just has two slotted ears to mount the assembly to the engine or whatever?
Yes I removed the distributor cap and there are no more fasteners beneath and you are correct this is a standard distributor with two slotted ears. I've read about people using a crow bar but I don't want to break anything.
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Yes I removed the distributor cap and there are no more fasteners beneath and you are correct this is a standard distributor with two slotted ears. I've read about people using a crow bar but I don't want to break anything.
It's a distributor. there has to be a more easy way to address the issue. I 'm sure the factory installed it without just "jamming it in there", look for clips, screws/bolts, something, that doesn't require using a crowbar to remove a simple, basic part.

It's like saying I need a jackhammer to remove my air filter.
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Default Re: Stuck Distributor

Originally Posted by TATTRAT View Post
It's a distributor. there has to be a more easy way to address the issue. I 'm sure the factory installed it without just "jamming it in there", look for clips, screws/bolts, something, that doesn't require using a crowbar to remove a simple, basic part.

It's like saying I need a jackhammer to remove my air filter.
Thanks for your help. I will look at it again.
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The only thing I could think that would cause a problem is if there is a O-ring seal on the shaft that leaked and got oil behind it with no exit hole, so you might have a hydrolocked cavity. It should still come out though.
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Default Re: Stuck Distributor

Originally Posted by Fabrik8 View Post
The only thing I could think that would cause a problem is if there is a O-ring seal on the shaft that leaked and got oil behind it with no exit hole, so you might have a hydrolocked cavity. It should still come out though.
It does have an o-ring on the shaft. Just use a decent flat blade screw driver and pry a little. It will come right out.
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