3B distributor trouble

Henry A Harper III hah at alumni.rice.edu
Wed Sep 10 15:11:05 EDT 2003

The last time we all talked about this problem (Fall 2001), there was in
response both a distributor group buy (from Zygmunt, www.bimmerparts.com) for a
little cheaper than individual dealer prices (~$230?) and a creation of replica
metal gears for quite a bit less, like $30? Derek Pulvino and Bernie Benz?  I'm
pretty sure there aren't any gears left, and it took a while to find a facility
that could manufacture them - a drawing might be available though. I got a
whole distributor back then but it's still sitting in the box (new distributors
come with metal gears). Probably should get those timing belt parts and do that
stuff this fall as well...

Henry Harper
http://www.henry-harper.com hah at alumni.rice.edu
1991 200q, 119.9k
1988 GTI 16v, 237k, similar head & distributor but not sure the gear is

On Tuesday, September 09, 2003 10:35 PM, Dan Cordon [SMTP:cord4530 at uidaho.edu]
> Okay, here's my short story--
> The cam's are turning fine, so the belt is okay. But I can turn the
> distributor rotor around as if it wasn't even attached to the car. So is
> this likely the distributor gear completely broken? Or is there
> something else that could be the problem? Can you purchase just the
> gear? If not, how much should I expect to pay for a replacement
> distributor?

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