1977 f150 blew the underside of the distrubutor?

Fabs Ram

Asked by Nov 05, 2013 at 05:59 PM about the 1977 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was driving and my car made a big boom sound i thought tht i had blown my back tire.. it looks like the bottom area of my distrubutor is broken? do i need to chnge everything ?

2 Answers

Tom Demyan

Depends on what was damaged. I know you asked this question before and a distributor doesn't typically fail like you describe, and that's why I'm going to have to defer this question. I suggest you take your truck to a mechanic who can look at it for you and suggest a fix and or even fix it for you. It might be down to just replacing the distributor, setting up the timing, etc. But what would make it fail? I know you had some fuel issues before and could that have contributed to this problem? I don't know.


I remember this one too, I forgot to mention about a 1999 Ford Explorer 5.0 that was towed in to my shop, the customer said it was making a squeaking noise at a light then a loud bang and it quit running, looked under the hood and the crank sensor housing had sheared off roughly the same spot as this one, the shaft had locked up in the housing, put in another unit and realigned the sensor with tdc and it started right off. I agree with you Tom, take it to someone who knows what they are looking for, it could be something other than a bad distributor, ie cam bearing, distributor drive gear on the cam maybe even an oil pump but they usually just twist the drive up when they go.

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