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post #16 of 24 Old 10-16-2016, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Might have a problem removing the distributor cap. Just tried and the heads of the screws are heavily rusted and I can feel them stripping. I hit them with some Kroil and we'll see what happens.

I do have the Harbor Freight stethoscope and will try the distributor tomorrow when the noise is there. I'll also check the oil pressure.

Thanks for the ideas.

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post #17 of 24 Old 10-16-2016, 06:16 PM
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The distributor cap screws should be a combination phillips and hex head. When rusty, you'll likely have better luck removing them with a nut driver or socket.

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The distributor cap screws should be a combination phillips and hex head. When rusty, you'll likely have better luck removing them with a nut driver or socket.
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post #19 of 24 Old 10-17-2016, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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So at 6:30 this morning it was almost 60 here in Boston...great for the oil bill! I started it up and no noise. Oil pressure was normal at about 50. I put the stethoscope on the distributor and very quiet. If this is temperature related I'll have to wait until the end of the week to try it again as temps are supposed to be way above normal for a few days.
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post #20 of 24 Old 10-18-2016, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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It's the distributor....Jeep has been sitting for a couple of days, just started it and the noise is there. Put the stethoscope on the distributor cap and that's the source. Oil pressure is good. I'm assuming it's time to replace the distributor and cap combo. The screws on the cap are so rusted even with hammering on a socket I'm still stripping it.

Any suggestions on a distributor? With discounts and speedperks I can get one at Advance Auto for about $60. I only put 3-4k miles on it per year. Anyone use them before?

I also found this write up on replacing the distributor:

http://tomasz.korwel.net/2006/12/19/...s-40l-engines/

Thanks for all your help with this. Much appreciated!
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post #21 of 24 Old 10-18-2016, 08:30 PM
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What about pulling one out of a junkyard? That's what I did when one of my screws broke off. I think I paid $15.


I'd take a junkyard distributer over Advance Auto's any day.

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post #22 of 24 Old 10-18-2016, 09:08 PM
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...I'd take a ___________ over Advance Auto's any day.
Same here. But likely for a completely different reason. Of the 5 different locations I've been to I've always been greeted with "Ju speeka spanish?" I don't even respond and walk out. Yes I speak some spanish. But it'll offend you when I do.

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Same here. But likely for a completely different reason. Of the 5 different locations I've been to I've always been greeted with "Ju speeka spanish?" I don't even respond and walk out. Yes I speak some spanish. But it'll offend you when I do.
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Of the 5 different locations I've been to I've always been greeted with "Ju speeka spanish?"
I first moved to Colorado (USAF move for Tech school) more than a decade before you were born and have never been greeted by that or any similar comment anywhere in this state when asking for automotive parts...
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