ChristinaIsHere wrote:When it's not breaking down a 1997 Fleetwood Bounder, 34' RV.
What would tear up distributor teeth? Cam or Oil Pump?
I thought they were tied to the cam shaft in older cars, so that the points are aligned with the cam timing. the oil pump is driven by the crank shaft
some are 90 degrees from it, and other are on the ends of the shaft, or indirectly via a belt or chain called a timing belt or timing chain.
end of shaft
90 degrees from it
You are the bees knees for going through all that trouble, very cool of you and sweet, thank you so much.
You seem very knowledgeable and Im grateful you responded. Ive owned this less than a year, low miles isnt always a good thing as mostly it wasnt used, just sat around, so Ive spent my saving in my little money pit fixing it up. Didnt have engine issues mainly home part. So I travel and it lasted close to 7000 miles that Ive put on it.
Something ate the distributor teeth, going down the road I hear pop pop then it cranks but not no spark, I didnt go anywhere.
With the original distributor and just replacing the teeth it lasted all of 1000 miles and something ate just the teeth again. Mind you this is approximately only 3 months apart from the teeth breaking again.
I didnt want to take any chances so I bought a new distributor. Drives like a dream, super smooth, thing is is I dont know whether that fixed it or if its the oil pump (mechanic who helped fix mentioned that could harden up and was hard to turn when they were top dead center and manually timed).
Other mechanics disagree and claim because of the softer metal only something harder can literally tear it to bit and knock a few teeth out, like the cam shaft or bearings.
My issue that I hold is although it drives and feels amazing I dont know how long it will last. Did replacing the distributor fix it? If a new oil pump is needed for me to do myself its about $350-$400. For a cam or crank or bearing its deep and costly and about $2500-$3000. Big ass difference.
Im trying to narrow it down and truly its down to those 3 things. Im free sure but its like my wings have been clipped.
Do you have any knowledge on that small percent unique fix that its an oil pump that could also tear the distributor teeth up? It can happen and with this thing its been a steady array of constant uniqueness in fixing it up.
Im hoping for the one I can do. Anyone who can turn a wrench can do the oil pump change, only two bolts, but new oil change is required anyway because the shavings from the teeth are hopefully at the bottom of the oil pan stuck the magnet (hopefully) and not in my engine somewhere.
I feel kinda stuck most irreverent because Im not sure which one it is. Its one of the 3..Fixed already, oil pump, or cam shaft (or deep engine fix like bearings or the like).
Thanks again for being so sweet and sharing these pics.
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