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Worn distributor bushings - fixed by partsklassic

My 200k mile 85 Carerra distributor failed 2 weeks ago when the rotor crashed into the cap because the top bushing was so badly worn. I searched Pelican for insight and contacted several local (San Diego, CA) Porsche shops and decided the best bet was to send it to ************ in Flagstaff, AZ. They did a fantastic job on the restoration, it looks like new and performs perfectly. All new bushings, seals, shims, cap & rotor. They soda blasted it and replaced every wear part. I sent it to them on a Monday and received it back the following Monday ready to install! I may have been able to do it for less by buying the parts from them and having a local shop do the work but I wanted it quickly and I wanted to be sure that this was something I wasn't going to have to worry about for many more years so I let the pro's handle it. Worth every penny!
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Chuck, very cool and good to know. Thanks for posting. John in CT.
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I wasn't going to have to worry about for many more years so I let the pro's handle it. Worth every penny!
Good info.

I have always felt a sense of relief the times I have paid a pro to do oddball yet expensive stuff on my 911. (e.g., trans rebuild)

Seriously, if you have one old 911 (or other relic) how many times are you going to rebuild the distributor? You are finished unless you are 22 years old.

It pinches usually one time for quality.
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I had them do mine as well and it came back beautiful and working smooth and properly.
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From experience with my SC I can tell you:

IF you hear a crunchy kind of knocking sound in your engine near the distributor, put your hand around the distributor while the engine is running and you just might now be able to synchronize the sound with the feeling in your hand. Then with the engine off, remove the distributor cap and look at the contacts inside the side of the cap. Are they beat? Next grab the rotor and try to lift it up. Can you lift it up more than a few millimeters? As in about 1/4 inch?! If so, swap the distributor out for a known good one and your troubles are gone.....until you fix the old one!
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My 200k mile 85 Carerra distributor failed 2 weeks ago when the rotor crashed into the cap because the top bushing was so badly worn. I searched Pelican for insight and contacted several local (San Diego, CA) Porsche shops and decided the best bet was to send it to ************ in Flagstaff, AZ. They did a fantastic job on the restoration, it looks like new and performs perfectly.
Before and after pics of the dizzy would be technically informative.

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All new bushings, seals, shims, cap & rotor. They soda blasted it and replaced every wear part. I sent it to them on a Monday and received it back the following Monday ready to install! I may have been able to do it for less by buying the parts from them and having a local shop do the work but I wanted it quickly and I wanted to be sure that this was something I wasn't going to have to worry about for many more years so I let the pro's handle it. Worth every penny!
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How much did it cost you ?
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Worn distributor bushings - fixed by partsklassic

They helped me awhile back with my 78 SC distributor that decided one afternoon that it was hangery and ate itself at freeway speeds. That is when I was educated that this dizzy was a two year only model. Hence being made from Unobtainium made it a wee bit of a challenge.

But Alas, they hooked me up and they offer many additional items for our cars.








So I guess the moral to my story....
Inspect your dizzy frequently for free play and a drop or two of oil to keep the felt lubricated.

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Here’s a before and after bit less than $500




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+1 Kurt does great work......
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