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Adam
02-14-2005, 06:12 AM
so, im getting around 160 miles per tank.......yah, extremely shitty. i changed my plugs and wires, and nothing. So i went and bought a distro cap and a new rotor, how hard is it to go about changing the cap and rotor? I looked at it and it looks like theres that one bolt on the top but is there one below it too? and when i install it should i make any marks to make sure i dont mess up the timing? How about the rotor...anyways, im stupid, so detailed instructions and insults are welcome.

Hooligan
02-14-2005, 06:19 AM
You cannot change your timing by just removing the distributor cap and rotor. There are three screws on the distributor cap (no bolts, they are for the distributor itself). The cap should come right off after you remove those screws. Just pull the rotor off and snap the new one on.

It's a good idea to leave your plug wires attached to the old cap and then transfer them one-by-one to the new cap after it's installed in order to ensure they're all in the correct spot.

CelicaGT4
02-14-2005, 06:26 AM
The rotor doesn't just snap on, it has 2 screws. At least mine does, but I have a 3sgte. It should be the same though.

MoralWarfare
02-14-2005, 06:31 AM
The rotor doesn't just snap on, it has 2 screws. At least mine does, but I have a 3sgte. It should be the same though.
5sfe and 4afe dist. rotors just snap on.

gen5
02-14-2005, 09:42 AM
uuhhh...my '90 5sfe has 2 screws on the cap and 2 on the rotor...odd. what's the deal?

MoralWarfare
02-14-2005, 03:01 PM
i guess some are different than others. no big deal.

SilverCel
02-14-2005, 05:51 PM
Mines got screws on the distributer cap.

the rotor just slides out and in.

Galcobar
02-14-2005, 06:17 PM
The ignition system on the 5SFE was updated between the 90-91 version and subsequent versions -- that's part of how it went from a 130 HP/140 ft/lbs to 135HP/145 ft/lbs

Hooligan
02-14-2005, 08:27 PM
The update was to go from an external coil to an internal coil (inside the distributor). Not sure if this actually bumped power at all, but it got rid of another wire running through the engine bay (cap to coil).

Slider
02-14-2005, 11:13 PM
Cap is secured by 2 screws , and the rotor is secured by 2 screws also on 90-91 celis. It's pretty easy to replace.