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Distributor cleaning on Carburated 308

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Barnone 308, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. Barnone 308

    Barnone 308 Formula Junior

    Mar 22, 2004
    430
    canada
    Hi everyone,

    I would like to know if anyone can offer some advice or steps in cleaning distributors. I have been noticing my 1-4 slowdown light coming on before starting. It shuts off right after the car is started. Regardless, I was thinking I should clean the distributors on the 1-4 bank, and then again maybe I should clean them both. Question??. Do I have to reset timing after cleaning the distributors. I would think yes, but any advice would be great

    Thank You
     
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  3. yelcab

    yelcab F1 World Champ
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    Nov 29, 2001
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    Mitchell Le
    I have a few:

    Clean one at a time, so that if you forget how it goes back together, there is another one to refer to.

    The springs and weights are particularly hard to remember where to go back.

    Get a small puller, you may need it for the bearings.

    Convert to electronic ignition if possible.

    Have fun.
     
  4. don_xvi

    don_xvi F1 Rookie

    Nov 1, 2003
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    Don the 16th
    And oh, by the way, the distributor won't have anything to do with the Slow Down 1-4 light being on before starting. I'm pretty sure that's what's known as "bulb check". Maybe you should see why the 5-8 isn't lighting up, too.
     
  5. f355spider

    f355spider F1 World Champ
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    May 29, 2001
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    Hugh G. Rection
    Good point!!!

    The lights for both banks will come on during cranking, then turn off on shut down. They come on during running when the cats overheat. That's all.

    Nothing wrong with servicing the distributors...on most of the carb cars they are stuck and not advancing anyways... :)

    Dave
     
  6. robertgarven

    robertgarven F1 Veteran
    Rossa Subscribed Owner

    Feb 24, 2002
    5,082
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    Robert Garven
    I just took both my distributors off and checked them, for the trip to monterey,
    call me when i get back if you need any help.

    Rob
    805-643-6003
     
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  8. Barnone 308

    Barnone 308 Formula Junior

    Mar 22, 2004
    430
    canada

    Rob, thanks for the help,, I will give you a call in a couple of weeks. Have a great trip..

    Thanks
     

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