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Old 04-29-2010, 08:13 PM   #1
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Hey all,
I decided to put in a new distributor cap/rotor on my '90 hatchback. Appears to have last been changed sometime during the Clinton administration. Predictably, the rotor is well stuck. Any tips on how to get it off?

A quick search returned a ton of non-related threads, but one did mention heating it up and twisting off with pliers. If that's the way to go, what can I use that's likely to be handy? Would a hair dryer work? (Don't laugh, I can't think of much else around here at the moment)

thanks much in advance
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well i would first try and get a good angle on it to get it out, other then that if you can get the sides of it needle nose pliers.. or hit it with a heat gun and/ or a little and i mean little sprits of wd40.. but don't strip it.. but get another one either way
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Did you already succeed in extracting the rotor screw?


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Did you already succeed in extracting the rotor screw?

Oops...uh, no...didn't know there was one... Sadly, my experience is severely limited. I'll have to try again tomorrow when it's light again.

Hopefully it'll pop right off after I find this screw. I really didn't notice one, but it may be facing 180 degrees down from where I was looking at the rotor. EDIT: just glancing at your illustration, the rotor is in about the exact position in the pic - so, it's probably in a spot where I was least likely to see it....

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Oops...uh, no...didn't know there was one... Sadly, my experience is severely limited. I'll have to try again tomorrow when it's light again.

Hopefully it'll pop right off after I find this screw. I really didn't notice one, but it may be facing 180 degrees down from where I was looking at the rotor. EDIT: just glancing at your illustration, the rotor is in about the exact position in the pic - so, it's probably in a spot where I was least likely to see it....

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You may need to do some quick flicks of the ignition switch to position the screw for removal.
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