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Old November 14th, 2017, 07:41 AM
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When putting a distributor back together, do i have to lube the shaft with engine oil? I ask because when i disassembled it, there was oil on it.

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I'm not sure of what engine/year we are talking about here but on most Oldsmobile's engines at the rear there is a oil galley plug that has a small hole that allows oil to lubricate the distributor gear . I think this is what you are seeing. If the engine hasn't been run for a long time or is just been rebuilt you need to lubricate that gear and shaft so it won't run dry till the oil pressure comes up..... Tedd
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When putting a distributor back together
Are you reassembling a distributor or merely inserting it back into the engine? For reassembly, the shaft should be lubricated with grease. For inserting into the block, do what Tedd said.
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Are you reassembling a distributor or merely inserting it back into the engine? For reassembly, the shaft should be lubricated with grease. For inserting into the block, do what Tedd said.
Reassembly. I had to replace the pickup coil.
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Originally Posted by Tedd Thompson View Post
I'm not sure of what engine/year we are talking about here but on most Oldsmobile's engines at the rear there is a oil galley plug that has a small hole that allows oil to lubricate the distributor gear . I think this is what you are seeing. If the engine hasn't been run for a long time or is just been rebuilt you need to lubricate that gear and shaft so it won't run dry till the oil pressure comes up..... Tedd
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Reassembly. I had to replace the pickup coil.
Be sure to clean out any hardened grease that may be in the housing where the shaft goes. Mine had quite a bit that I had to nearly chisel out.
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