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Disti Cap Clips. Help!

Discussion in 'General Mustang Discussion' started by RagTop, Jun 22, 2017.

  1. RagTop

    RagTop Old Grumpy

    Does anyone have a secret technique for putting the clips back onto a new distributor cap? Since I have electronic ignition it isn't something I've done in a long time and I forgot how hard it is to re-clip the cap. Help!
  2. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    Standard Ford clips? Some of them can be really tight, I have found that pushing in the middle of the clip (at the bow) while inserting a flat bladed screwdriver into the slot that top and convincing the clip to pop on works fairly well. Not sure my description is clear?!?!
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  3. JeffTepper

    JeffTepper Well-Known Member

    Ken S., are you sure the cap is fully seated on the distributor body (the little notch/tab in particular)?

    Ken B's description is similar to the technique recommended for removing and installing the spring clips on an A/C evaporator box without cracking the fiberglass locking tabs. If you want to see what I am talking about check out the YouTube Video by Don Rush (West Coast Classic Cougar) where he refurbishes an evaporator box from a Cougar.
  4. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    What Jeff said.

    make sure you get all aligned correctly.
  5. RagTop

    RagTop Old Grumpy

    That is exactly the method I remember using in the past. I tried that yesterday and no joy. Maybe my hands are too weak or I was using the wrong screwdriver. I just didn't want to be grappling with this if there was an easier way. Hard to believe that GM came up with a couple of cross head screws to secure their disti caps and Ford arrived at this elegant solution.
  6. RagTop

    RagTop Old Grumpy

    I was actually able to apply enough pressure to the clips to get them to snap over the notches in the cap. I guess I'm just getting weaker in my old age.
  7. SkidMark

    SkidMark Member

    I prefer Fords solution, no tools needed.
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  8. coupster

    coupster Member

    I did not watch the video...but I think it is saying to stick screwdriver tip in the clip and put clip in the slot on the cap....

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