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Old June 25th, 2020, 10:16
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Distro Discoveries

Well, I'm gearing up for smog test here in CA and doing quite a bit to the old grey ghost. This post is about the distributor.

I noticed some oil leaking around the mount and decided since I have to remove it, I might as well replace it since I need a new cap and rotor anyway.

Good news is, I marked the old rotor position after establishing TDC #1 compression before pulling it, slid the new one in, indexed to the same mark and vroom!!

Now, here are a few pics. First is the group shot after taking the old distrib apart. Can you seen anything wrong?





Note the mounting clamp on the right side. Clamp? Looks like some past owner cut the mounting ears off. I assume they thought they could alter the timing. Funny thing is I've owned the jeep for 20 years and never noticed this. Here's the body with the ears sawn off.





Next, when I took the ring off, I saw a small chunk of something in the bottom. I tipped the distrib over and it dropped onto my bench. It's a magnet. What?? Apparently the magnet on the sensor broke off. You can see the pic below. Not sure if it came off while I was removing the distributor. There's quite a bit of crud down in there.





Final item was replacing the plug wires. One more chance to mess this up! Thankfully, I got them right the first time.

It does seem like it starts a bit faster than before. For those that don't have a Renix powered XJ, they do take a bit of cranking to light up. I'll have to see how it goes over the next few days.
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Old June 25th, 2020, 10:48
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I was about to deep six the old one and noticed the inside of the ring. I guess the crud inside is metal from the ring hitting the magnet.

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Old June 26th, 2020, 11:04
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FYI, I passed smog today. Good for 2 more years. I'll post details in a separate thread.

Jeeps starts quicker and mileage seems to have improved. Haven't gone far enough to quantify yet.
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Re: Distro Discoveries

Good job!

I've owned two XJs, an 89 and 96. Both had the
cam sensor fail (magnets came unglued).
When I replaced the last one, I applied extra
epoxy to the magnet, hoping this prevents a
future failure...
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This should shed some light Saudade:

http://cruiser54.com/?p=68
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Old June 28th, 2020, 10:24
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This should shed some light Saudade:

http://cruiser54.com/?p=68
Thanks, that makes sense. Good thing I save the old parts.
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