90 voyager oil/distributor problem

Discussion in 'Voyager' started by Michael Bennett, Jan 28, 2004.

  1. I have a 90 voyager that i have had problems with. First Ill tell a
    little history. This van wa purchased about 5 months ago and it has a
    stalling problem where after about 15 minutes of running it will die
    and wont restart for 45-60 minutes if not longer. Well I just picked a
    good day to mess with it...lol...we have over a foot of snow and 1
    inch an hour is still coming down here in upstate ny. my friend had a
    ford pickup that would stall if you stopped at a red light stop sign
    or whatever. He had to replace the distributor because the sensor in
    the distributor was bad but isnt replaceable without replacing the
    whole distributor. So i said why not try it. I have a part van so i
    figured i would give it a shot since it seemed straight forward. so i
    went out and got it off the parts van which was cake. I went to the
    good van and since it hasnt been started in 2 months had to jump it.
    so i start taking it apart and get the distributor cap and rotor and
    things off and i see oil in the distributor. Which I assume causes the
    stalling. Since the oil would mess up the reading of the sensor when
    its hot and once it cools off its fine. so i cleaned it all up and put
    in the sensor from the parts van and it started right up no problem
    and ran good for more than 15 minutes. I just went out to check on it
    and its dead but im not sure if its the battery that killed or the
    sensor because the lights dont come on so i need to jump it to get it
    started which im gonna be doing now. But could anyone elaborate on why
    the oil was in there and what caused it and what the fix may be. I am
    attaching 2 pics of the oil in the distributor.


    Michael Bennett, Jan 28, 2004
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  2. Michael Bennett

    Geoff Guest

    The distributor is driven by a gear on the front camshaft, which of course
    is one of the internally lubricated parts of the engine. It looks like a
    seal (likely an o-ring) on the distributor shaft has failed. The oil
    shouldn't be getting up in there, so it looks like you found the problem.
    I'd swap in the distributor from the parts van and see if that didn't cure
    it. Let us know how you do.

    Geoff, Jan 28, 2004
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  3. Michael Bennett

    Neil Nelson Guest

    The oil is there because the seal that seals the distributor
    shaft to the distributor housing has failed, odds are that that
    failure was precipitated by a plugged PCV valve.

    You're also describing a situation where an automotive battery
    has been allowed to go dead in freezing temperatures, replace the
    battery (it's junk) so you don't create other problems with the
    charging system.
    Neil Nelson, Jan 28, 2004

  4. I actually swapped out the pcv valve earlier and im in the process of
    correcting the battery problem. i believed an o ring or gasket went
    bad so i plan on swapping out the distributor 2morrow. But since i
    have cleaned the distributor out it has been firing right back up
    without an issue when the battey has a charge.
    Michael Bennett, Jan 28, 2004
  5. Michael Bennett

    Neil Nelson Guest

    It would be a good idea to make absolutely certain that the
    passage in the intake manifold where the PCV valve screws in is
    free and clear.
    Neil Nelson, Jan 30, 2004
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