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Difficult is it to replace a distributor for a 2000 chrysler cirrus?

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How difficult is it to replace a distributor for a 2000 chrysler cirrus?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Dave replied 8 years ago.
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Wjat size motor? Thanks Dave
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
2.5 6 cylinder
Expert:  Dave replied 8 years ago.
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To replace the distributor takes 1.4 hours Thanks for being a justanswer customer Dave
  1. Remove bolt holding air inlet resonator to intake manifold.
  2. Loosen clamps holding air cleaner cover to air cleaner housing
  3. Remove PCV make-up air hose from air inlet tube.
  4. Loosen hose clamp at throttle body.
  5. Remove air inlet tube, resonator and air cleaner cover.
  6. Remove EGR tube.
  7. Remove spark plug cables from distributor cap.
  8. Loosen distributor cap holddown screws and remove cap.
  9. Mark the rotor position and remove rotor. The mark indicates where to position the rotor when reinstalling the distributor.
  10. Remove 2 harness connectors from distributor.
  11. Remove 2 sets of distributor holddown nuts and washers from studs.
  12. Remove bolt and spark plug cable mounting bracket from top of distributor housing.
  13. Remove bolt and transmission dipstick tube.
  14. Carefully remove distributor from engine.

INSTALLATION

  1. Install rotor on shaft.
  2. Position distributor in engine. Make certain that O-ring is properly seated on distributor. If O-ring is cracked or nicked replace with a new one.
  3. Carefully engage distributor drive with slotted end of camshaft. When the distributor is installed properly, the rotor will be in line with previously scribe line on air intake plenum. If engine was cranked while distributor was removed, establish proper relationship between the distributor shaft and Number 1 piston position as follows:
    1. Rotate the crankshaft until number one piston is at top of compression stroke.
    2. Rotate rotor to number one rotor terminal.
    3. Lower distributor into opening, engaging distributor drive with drive on camshaft. With distributor fully seated on engine, rotor should be under the number 1 terminal.
  1. Install distributor holddown washers and nuts. Tighten nuts to 9 ft lbs
  2. Install spark plug cable bracket.
  3. Install 2 harness connectors to distributor.
  4. Install distributer cap.
  5. Install spark plug cables onto distributor cap. The cap is numbered as well as the cables. Ensure sure all high tension wires are firmly in the cap towers.
  6. Install transmission dipstick tube.
  7. Install EGR tube to intake manifold. Tighten bolts to 95 in. lbs.torque.
  8. Install air inlet tube, resonator and air cleaner cover.
  9. Tighten hose clamp at throttle body.
  10. Install PCV make-up air hose from air inlet tube.
  11. Tighten clamps holding air cleaner cover to air cleaner housing..
  12. Install bolt holding air inlet resonator to intake manifold.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Dave is this a do it yourself project? I am a weekender mechanic at best. Should i attempt this?
Expert:  Dave replied 8 years ago.
Have you ever replaced a distributor ?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
no
Expert:  Dave replied 8 years ago.
Well even so if you are ok working with tools you should be ok. Just be sure to mark where the distributor rotor points to on the distributor body with something that won't rub off. Also mark the distributor to engine location. Do not crank or rotate the motor while the distributor is removed.When the distributor is first removed note the second position of the rotor to make it easy to reinstall it. You will point the rotor to the second location on reinstalltion to end up at your first mark. Dave
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