I have a 1965 Jeep CJ5 with the stock 4 cylinder engine.I want to set the timing. I am able to loosen the bolt that secures the distributor in place but am not able to rotate the distributor to set the timing. What is the trick I am missing to rotate the distributor?Thanks, Harley hmadden0319@gmail.com

Asked by Jul 07, 2015 at 01:22 PM about the 1965 Jeep CJ5

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like distributor is stuck in motor. Try to spray wd40 around the shaft of distributor.

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It's probably just stuck. Try GENTLY tapping on the distributor shaft to get it to break free. If that doesn't work, try discharging a CO2 fire extinguisher (no joke) on it. The rapid temp change will sometimes free a stuck distributor as well because the distributor is usually made of aluminium while the engine is cast iron. Each contracts at a very different rate when cooled. Thereby breaking it free. HTH. -Jim

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