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How to replace the Distributor Rotor/Cap/O Rings
How to replace the Distributor Rotor/Cap/O Rings on our KS4 Supercharged Subaru Sambar:
Open the rear engine access compartment cover underneath the rear gate. It helps to press the top of the cover inwards towards the front of the truck while you turn the key, especially if it hasn’t been opened in a while [Image 1].
Once open, the top of the engine can be accessed as well as the exhaust system and distributor [Image 2].Picture of the Distributor, Coil, Starter motor and Solenoid [Image 3]. Remove the spark plug wires and the coil-distributor wire, taking note of which wires go to which spot as they will need to go back in the same order. BTW, the reason the bolts look “wet” is because they were sprayed with a penetrating oil before to help with disassembly [Image 4]. This is one of two bolts (bottom) that holds the distributor to the engine [Image 5]. Here is the top bolt [Image 6]. Wipe down the bottom bolt or spray with some degreaser to clean it up and scratch some marks into the base so that the distributor can be replaced at the same position that it is removed from. The previous owner had already done this on ours, so we did not add any to ours. Of course, if you own or have access to a timing gun, this is not necessary [Image 7]. Unclip the wires and remove the two bolts mentioned above, making sure you do not rotate the base of the distributor when you remove. The tang is offset so it only fits one way but it is still a good idea to remember how it is clocked when you remove the distributor for easy installation [Image 8]. You can see which way the tang is supposed to fit by taking a picture of the slot [Images 9 & 10]. New cap VS Old. Both made by Hitachi, they added a nub to the newer one. The minus mark and logo should be in the same position as the old one. Even with no marks the cap should fit either way [Image 11]. Remove the two screws holding the cap to the distributor. Once open, remove the screw holding the rotor to the spindle and remove the rotor [Image 12]. New Rotor VS Old [Image 13]
Pry out the thick o-ring on the base of the distributor taking care not to scratch the groove. Also, remove the thin o-ring for the distributor cap.
Old O-rings VS New [Image 14]Wipe down the base of the distributor and clean the matching area on the engine side. Slightly grease or oil the new oil rings, and replace. Replace the rotor and screw in the new distributor cap. Adjust the tang to match the groove and slide the distributor back into its original position. Making sure to line up the marks on the housing and base (or use a timing gun to adjust position), tighten the two bolts at the base of the distributor, clip in the wiring harness and replace the spark plug wires in the original position [Image 15]. At Japan Car Direct, we can help you find and ship a Kei Truck or other vehicle to your country at a reasonable price. We can also help you find parts for maintenance of your Japanese import. Please contact us for any questions!
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A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks ago and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.
A few months ago I set out on my goal of importing a vehicle from Japan through an auction. After tons and TONs of research and countless emails, I decided to use Japan Car Direct as my exporter in Japan. From the beginning of my interactions with JCD, I was thoroughly impressed. My contact, Yoshi, was amazing...definitely a huge asset to the JCD team. He answered all of my questions promptly, translated dozens of auction sheets for me, and advised me of what to watch out for when looking for a vehicle. He was beyond helpful! I picked up my Kei truck at the port in Newport News a few weeks and couldn't be more pleased. Since then, the truck has made it to its final home in Charlottesville, VA on my farm. Yoshi and the other guys at JCD are now my go to team for more of these soon. Thanks again JCD and keep doing what you guys do! You all are the real deal.
Since a kid the FD RX7 has always been a dream car but i didn't pursue it till i graduated high school but the prices just for the shell over here in california was over 15k!! I kept looking around until I decided i would just import one. I found JCD while looking for the top 5 importers you could trust and they stood out more than all the other ones, and for a couple months of more research on their page until I ultimately decided I would go through them. Although this was my first time getting a car from Japan and having an endless amount questions spanning a couple hundred emails until it would freeze up and i had to make a new email thread .. Mathew always answered every question and helped me though every step. I didn't have all the funds in the beginning but they were very patient with it until i was fully ready, then after a month of having Matt give his thought on some of the FDs i was looking at we finally won the auction for a 94 Efini type R Fd3s. As we picked it up from Long Beach till the drive home I couldn't believe that it was here and soo much better just looking at the picture but i defiantly would recommend JCD to anyone looking to import their dream car too and and want to thank matt and the whole team with getting me my RX7.
I'd been looking to buy an RF series Honda Stepwagon to convert into a mini camper for a while but the UK prices always seemed too high. I had joined a few JDM import sites to get an idea of auction prices and costs (including Japan Car Direct) but just couldn't bring myself to take the next step, it seemed such a risk ! Finally after reading so many good reviews for JCD (and Mathew in particular) I took the plunge and contacted Mathew. After he answered my many questions regarding costs, fees etc I felt confident enough to pay the deposit and start hunting the Japanese auctions for my Steppy. My budget for the Steppy was pretty low (pathetic even !) but I felt Mat still put the same effort into replying to my questions and queries as he would have done if my budget had been into the tens of thousands. The result was I now have a very tidy Stepwagon with lower mileage than any vehicle I've ever owned, I've paid far less for it then I would have done buying in the UK and I've got a bigger budget now for the camper conversion. I wouldn't hesitate to buy through them again, and hope to do so soon.
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After an initial inquiry several years ago, I still wanted to get a Japanese Delica or Hiace. Matthew was immediately in contact and helped with all the details. His videos were perfect for my search. Matthew was able to answer all of my questions and my wife and I were able to make decisions based on the great information he provided. I would recommend Japan Car Direct to anyone interested in getting the right car at the best price.
The staff at Japan Car Direct made what I thought would a a difficult process very easy. Matt explained every step thoroughly and his advice on details of cars was spot on.
I imported a van though JCD and they made the process super straightforward. They were amazing at communicating and quick to answer any of my questions. If you are looking to import a car I would highly recommended them.
Awesome experience !! Their service was extremely good and efficient. Yoshiro was soo patient with my many requests for information and translations. The vehicle purchased was better than expected. I would definitely consider using their services again.
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All around exceptional experience! Matt was great to work with and guided me through the entire process with ease. As a first timer, importing was a bit nerve racking but JCD did a great job providing a cool little truck I can enjoy here in Delaware. I look forward to picking up the next toy/vehicle through them.
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Mathew was great to work with and made what could be a scary daunting experience very easy. I am super happy with my car and am sure I will be importing with them again!
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Just purchased my second car through Japan Car Direct. Could not be more pleased with their customer service. Matt went above and beyond to help me find the right car. Translating countless auction sheets, messaging sellers, requesting vehicle inspections, putting up with me and my requests well after his time in the office, etc. I can happily and honestly say that I would recommend this company to anyone looking to purchase a car from Japan and that you will not be dissappinted. Very kind, helpful and professional. Can’t wait for vehicle number 3.