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Old 01-08-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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distributor question

I just bought my first wrangler after looking for one for a couple months. I was doing a tune-up on it because it needed one badly. Well to make a long story short I need a new distributor. Can anybody tell what size the bolt head is that holds the distributor down? It's a '98 SE 4 cylinder. I've tried a 12mm and that doesn't want to go on (too small). A 13mm is too big. And the best size i've found is a 1/2" which is starting to strip it.

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Old 01-08-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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BUMP, somebody help lol! i'm stuck on this bolt!

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I'm not too sure...never have done it but I don't think its a special size. You tried 12 and 13, and 1/2. How about 7/16?
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:53 PM   #4
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If you were attempting to adjust the engine timing, I hope you realize you can't set or adjust the timing on a TJ except by reprogramming the computer. Rotating the distributor won't change the timing, the computer will compensate for any distributor position.
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I think he's just trying to unbolt the cap. And if I'm remembering right I thought my was a standard screwdriver type bolt. Other than that it's probably 7/16's.
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Thanks Jerry, I didnt know that. Now I do. But thats not the reason I'm doing this. And no I'm not trying to just get the cap off. I was replacing the cap and snapped one of the screws. Well I was trying to drill out the broken screw. The drill bit snapped and the drill put a hole in the flat round plastic part of the distributor.
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The ever so simple task that has morphed into the JOB FROM HELL.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:54 PM   #8
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See if you can fine the info here:

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Old 01-08-2008, 07:23 PM   #9
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I Have Always Used A 1/2 In. 6 Point, If You Try A 12 Point It Will Try To Strip. If You Can Try To Take A Punch And Just Hit The Bolt Snuggly To Break It Loose Then Go To The 6 Point Bex End Wrench........good Luck.......
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Old 01-08-2008, 10:14 PM   #10
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I went to the local auto parts store and sears. neither had a 1/2' six point wrench.
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Old 01-09-2008, 05:38 PM   #11
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I Have Mostly Snap-on And Mac Wrenches But I Do Have A 6 Point Craftsman Or Crapsman So They Do Make Them...good Luck... Or Can You Get A Six Point Flex Socket To It???????????
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i just changed mine on my 6 cyl and i used a 7mm nut driver
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Thanks Jerry, I didnt know that. Now I do. But thats not the reason I'm doing this. And no I'm not trying to just get the cap off. I was replacing the cap and snapped one of the screws. Well I was trying to drill out the broken screw. The drill bit snapped and the drill put a hole in the flat round plastic part of the distributor.
LMFAO i just read that and I did the SAME EXACT thing today lmfao

new distributor cost me $111 that I didnt have dammit!!!
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:22 PM   #14
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Finally finished the job minus getting the serp belt back on. I had to heat up the distributor bolt with a torch to break it free. It feels good to not give up and take it to a shop!
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