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Old 10-20-2011, 09:16 PM
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Default Distributor Saft Seal leak. Replacement?

So i removed my dist. today to replace the o-ring because i had an oil leak all over the engine from under the dist. and i found oil inside. all the contacts were covered in oil and so messy i cant believe my car was still running. so i dismanted it all and without a doubt i have a bad internall shaft seal. its very easy to replace but no local part stores have them and they are about $20 with shipping online. Does anyone know anyone who may carry these? or a cheaper source. Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2011, 06:34 PM
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What year are you working with here...4 or 6 cyl?

See if this might help
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Old 10-25-2011, 01:07 PM
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Just got the Seal today. Replacing it is easy but as for removing the oil. Engine degreaser in the dist. Cap? That would clean it out nicely the rest I will wipe out but not sure if the degreaser will hurt the metal contacts.
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Acetone dissolves oil and evaporates very easily w/o residue from the acetone itself ,,, @ hardware type store, Lowes.
Flammable like gasoline so use outside.

I'd like to know how it works on distributor, too.
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Acetone is also known to damage/melt/dissolve plastics.

Acetone + plastic dist. cap, rotor, and plastic housing = bad news

It would be good on metals but horrible for plastic, acetone and MEK do a number on plastic.

I will just use the degreaser. it degreases the metal engine block with no corrosion so i cant imagine it being a problem on metal contacts.

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Acetone dissolves oil and evaporates very easily w/o residue from the acetone itself ,,, @ hardware type store, Lowes.
Flammable like gasoline so use outside.

I'd like to know how it works on distributor, too.
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Old 10-25-2011, 04:38 PM
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Electrical contact cleaner would probably work best. Brake cleaner may also do the trick. Then let it completely air dry or use compressed air from a can or something.

Yeah, you don't want to use acetone. I used acetone to dissolve huge packing foam and plastic before.
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I just got done replacing the seal i couldnt find the degreaser so i used paper towels which worked fine. all is well. i still need to degrease the engine though to make sure the oil leak is gone under the distributor
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