Distributor Check Valves

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Distributor Check Valves

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What is a Distributor Check Valve?

A distributor check valve is a part of the ignition system in the engine of a car. It is a small valve located in the distributor, which is responsible for controlling the flow of oil and allowing it to pass through the distributor to the rest of the engine.

What is the purpose of a Distributor Check Valve?

The purpose of a distributor check valve is to prevent oil from leaking out of the distributor during engine operation. This helps ensure that lubrication is maintained for the engine components and that the internal components are not damaged due to lack of lubrication.

How can I tell if my Distributor Check Valve is faulty?

You can tell if your distributor check valve is faulty by checking for oil leakage around the valve. If there is oil leaking out of the valve, it is likely that the valve has become worn or damaged.

Can a faulty Distributor Check Valve cause damage to my engine?

Yes, a faulty distributor check valve can cause damage to the engine. If the valve fails, oil may leak out of the distributor and cause components to become dry and overheat. This can lead to engine damage.

How do I replace a Distributor Check Valve?

To replace a distributor check valve, you will need to:

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Remove the oil pump and distributor assembly.
  3. Remove the old check valve.
  4. Install the new check valve.
  5. Reinstall the distributor assembly and oil pump.
  6. Reconnect the battery.

How often should I inspect my Distributor Check Valve?

It is recommended that you inspect your distributor check valve every 10,000 miles or as specified by your vehicle manufacturer.