93 cherokee straight 6 distributor gear stripped for the third time!
I have had my jeep (93 xj 4.0L straight 6 with 150,000 miles) for a little over a year. It ran great for the first 6 months, and died on me one day on the way to work. It turned out the gear that drives the distributor was stripped half way down. I replaced the distributor, cap, rotor, spark plugs and wires. I never could get it to run quite as smooth, lost a touch of power and a couple mpg, but it got me around. This went on for a few more months and it happened again. So I replaced the distributor with a better one and it ran better than ever that day! The next day it did it again before I got off my street. The gear on the camshaft looked ok the first 2 times, but on the third time it definitely was looking worn. I looked into what it would take to replace the camshaft, and it seems that I have to take a good part of the engine apart. Might as well rebuild it? Or else buy a remanufactured engine? Anyone have any experience with this problem? Or advice?
Unles the cam gear had more damage than you realized the first time this happened....and it keeps eating dizzy gears now.
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