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eam32

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Ignition Distributor Lubrication
« on: November 22, 2009, 07:29:55 PM »
TO:  GUYS & GALS!  Here is something I just learned this summer about lubricating HEI and conventional distributors pivot points and advance weights.  It would be best to use #30 non-detergent motor oil for the advance weights to slide on and on all the pivots points too.  Just a note for general information.  I use it on all my five cars (only one Cadillac) and it works quite well. Of course, on the module you still would use silicone lubricant.  EAM

Offline TJ Hopland

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Re: Ignition Distributor Lubrication
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2009, 09:40:53 AM »
You would think now days there would be better stuff that would not fly off.  I suppose if you are willing to add lube more often and clean the remains of the old lube more often the flying off would be a good thing because as the lube flies off it takes the wear and dirt with it.   If you had a lube that stuck so would the wear and dirt.   Probably not a problem when you were in there regularly to deal with points but when the HEI's came out started to be a problem.     

The goo on the electronic modules is there to ensure good heat transfer between the module and the body of the distributor.  Its specially designed for that purpose. 99% of it is white in color.  Any other sort of stuff there will likely act more like an insulator and shorten the life of the module.  Its a totally different stuff than what you use on spark plug boots.  If you cant find it at a parts store radio shack still has it.  Its often called heat sink compound, or heat transfer grease.   
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