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Re: A quick weekend trip. Point problems solved!

Ya know, if ya had electronic points you would never have to worry about 
this!  Talk about no (which is better than 'low') maintenance.
     Toby Erkson
     '72 VW Squareback 1.6L bored and stroked to 2.0L
     '75 Porsche 914 1.8L for sale
     Portland, Oregon, USA
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Subject: A quick weekend trip
Author:  type-3-errors@umich.edu at SMTPGATE
Date:    5/19/97 4:14 PM

>From: A bear in his natural habitat <burden@rhett.enet.dec.com>

>We had 2 adults, 2 kids and a 'way back' full of stuff.  About half
way out the
>engine started bogging down so Diane pulled over (she drove the entire trip!)
>under a bridge on I-20 and I unloaded the back and checked the points.  They
>had closed up again so I quickly adjusted them, with 18 wheelers buzzing by at
>about 75mph...

Points close up due to the rubbing block wearing against the dist cam.
There are two things you need to do about this.  First you should know that
this needs to be lubricated; Bosch has a special grease for this, but any
fairly thick tacky grease will do.  The second thing you need to do is
rebuild your distributor (I charge $50 + parts).  The old grease needs to be
cleaned off periodically or it accumulates grit which wears into the cam and
the cam gets rough.  I use a mechanic's stone (like a whetstone) to smooth
the cam back into shape.  No, it's not perfect, but your points last a lot
longer, and I've never had an engine complain.

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