How long to wear out a distributor? -
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 02-04-2006, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Alaska
Posts: 120
How long to wear out a distributor?

Hi all- FNG here.

I've got ~185K miles on my 97 TJ 4.0L. I'm the original owner, I do all my own maintenance on a regular basis, and up till now I've have had little to no engine problems thus far.

Recently I started getting some rough running when accellerating after a cold start. And the check engine light came on (for the first time ever) a couple of times (code 43). I thought I would start the diagnostics with a fresh tune up, but when I was changing out the cap and rotor I noticed some play in the distributor shaft that I had never noticed before. It easily wiggles in all directions (including up and down) at least an eighth of an inch, maybe more. Like I said, I've never noticed this before.

Does it sound like the distributor is worn out?

Anybody know how much "wiggle" there should be?

Anybody know where I can get a new one?

Thanks for the help guys.

ak-rider is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 02-04-2006, 01:07 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2,047
It sounds like it is worn out. Mine goes up and down a very small amount, but not side to side. I wouldn't buy a new one, I would try to find one at a junkyard. They are easy to take out.
bobjp is online now  
post #3 of 4 Old 02-04-2006, 02:12 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Posts: 1,430
I had a worn out one on a 96 xj 4.0L and I was going to rebush the housing. I took it appart and found it was the shaft was worn, not the housing. Autozone $54 exchange as I recall.

Columbus, Ohio USA
2006 KJ CRD Atlantic Blue Pearl Coat Limited
2000 Cherokee Classic with factory 16" wheels
JoBo is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 02-04-2006, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Alaska
Posts: 120
Thanks for the confirmation guys. Guess it's time to get a new one.
ak-rider is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Jeep Forums Replies Last Post
BFG MT KM wear? (long) Grimmjpr Tires & Wheels 9 01-29-2006 01:03 AM
tire wear bently Tires & Wheels 11 12-20-2005 09:15 PM
wear bar? gwarusee Tires & Wheels 3 04-27-2005 03:54 PM
MT/R wear? JNC995 Tires & Wheels 14 04-13-2004 02:35 PM
Long wear Mudders? KYgreenYJ Tires & Wheels 8 10-14-2002 04:54 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome