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Old 06-20-2018   #1
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Distributor Wrench For GTA

I'm looking for recommendations for a distributor wrench known to work well on a GTA. I've tried the hokey ones that use a ratchet handle and also have tried a 9/16" claw foot attachment on an extension. I don't want to risk stripping the distributor hold down bolt which is on pretty tight.

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Old 06-20-2018   #2
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Re: Distributor Wrench For GTA

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I'm looking for recommendations for a distributor wrench known to work well on a GTA. I've tried the hokey ones that use a ratchet handle and also have tried a 9/16" claw foot attachment on an extension. I don't want to risk stripping the distributor hold down bolt which is on pretty tight.

Thanks!
Have you tried something like this in the link below? $11 and some change with free shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Distri...-/281815516992

Of course like with everything else, the more money you spend, the better quality you will get. The units in the link above are from Taiwan, so.......I'm sure you could get much higher quality with something like from Snap-On.
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Have you tried something like this in the link below? $11 and some change with free shipping.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Distri...-/281815516992

Of course like with everything else, the more money you spend, the better quality you will get. The units in the link above are from Taiwan, so.......I'm sure you could get much higher quality with something like from Snap-On.


Yes - I've got a set of those but am looking for a one piece wrench. I would rather spend $30 if necessary than strip the bolt head and have to deal with that hassle. May check with the auto parts stores to see if they have a good quality loaner.
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Old 06-25-2018   #4
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Re: Distributor Wrench For GTA

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I ended up buying a Craftsman 47683Z 9/16" distributor wrench. It worked great in the crowded area around the distributor! Solid connection - none of the slack you get with the hokey ratchet ones or trying to use swivel joints and extensions.

One caution for those who haven't removed a distributor before (at least on these cars). DO NOT REMOVE THE DISTIBUTOR HOLD DOWN BOLT ALL THE WAY - IT IS A PAIN IN THE A$$ TO GET BACK IN!!!

Got my car running again (which surprised me) but it's running rough. Hope I can make it to the dealer or a shop to get the timing set.
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Re: Distributor Wrench For GTA

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Update:

I ended up buying a Craftsman 47683Z 9/16" distributor wrench. It worked great in the crowded area around the distributor! Solid connection - none of the slack you get with the hokey ratchet ones or trying to use swivel joints and extensions.

One caution for those who haven't removed a distributor before (at least on these cars). DO NOT REMOVE THE DISTIBUTOR HOLD DOWN BOLT ALL THE WAY - IT IS A PAIN IN THE A$$ TO GET BACK IN!!!Got my car running again (which surprised me) but it's running rough. Hope I can make it to the dealer or a shop to get the timing set.
If the bolt has been removed completely when removing the distributor, wouldn't it have a been easier to just start the bolt with the hold down bracket onto the intake manifold first before actually sticking the distributor back into the block?
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If the bolt has been removed completely when removing the distributor, wouldn't it have a been easier to just start the bolt with the hold down bracket onto the intake manifold first before actually sticking the distributor back into the block?
Definitely.

I shouldn't have removed it in the first place - should have just slid the hold down clamp away from the distributor. Guess that's why they slotted the clamp (Doh!). Live and learn.

I think I may have got the distributor gear installed one tooth off so I lifted the distributor and rotated the rotor about 30 degrees. Will reconnect everything and see what happens tomorrow.
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Old 06-28-2018   #7
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Definitely.

I shouldn't have removed it in the first place - should have just slid the hold down clamp away from the distributor. Guess that's why they slotted the clamp (Doh!). Live and learn.

I think I may have got the distributor gear installed one tooth off so I lifted the distributor and rotated the rotor about 30 degrees. Will reconnect everything and see what happens tomorrow.
No worries, I hear ya. My luck I'd probably drop the damn bolt down the distributor shaft and I'm sure it would get stuck where I couldn't get it out.


Something else that just occurred to me about these 3rd gens. They got distributors, which is old technology now. How many new vehicles today have a distributor? I think none.

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