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ive had alot of threads on here, and everyone has been so helpful and has made this whole experience a great one.

1970 bmw 2002, stock everything.

ive been trying to reinstall my distributor, and ill get it in most of the way and then iits stuck, and the gears are not matching up. tried pushing really hard on it, ad wiggleing the rotor from left to right, and putting it in while having the rotor turn 1/4 counterclockwise.

is anything im not doing right? or am i just not trying hard enough.

(also i beleive that car is out of timing because i have been without spark, and i took the cap off the see if the rotor was spinning, and while cranking the rotor stayed, stationary)

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Kind of hard to describe, easy to get wrong. I've been in this situation when changing distributors.

Before removing, you need to get the engine at TDC at # 1 cylinder. Multiple methods for doing this. Take a picture, do a hand sketch before loosening the 10mm wrench size bolt and pulling the distributor. Note the rotor turns as you lift it. Make a note of how far and the final place the rotor points on the housing.

Here is one picture from Keith Kreeger's '74 tii website.


After installing, if the engine will not run, turn the distributor. If it fires but runs poorly and backfires, then you may have it 180 degrees out or off by 1 cylinder.

Jim Gerock

Ruby Red 73tii built 5/30/73 "Celeste"

Riviera 69 2002 built 5/30/69 "Oscar"

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