How to Replace the Distributor in a Chrysler Sebring

by Editorial TeamUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Distributor

How to Replace the Distributor in a Chrysler Sebring. The Chrysler Sebring has had several sizes of engine from 1995 to 2005 and both distributor and distributorless systems. In the early years, the 2.0L, 2.4L and 2.5L engines had distributors, while only the 2.5L and 3.0L engines did in the early 2000s. If you're willing to use a little elbow grease, here's how to replace the distributor in the 2.0L through 2.5L engines.

Find the distributor is on the right side of the engine block--as you face it--near the passenger compartment. The quarters are a little cramped, but just follow the spark plug wires to the distributor. Unhook the negative cable from the battery.

Get the following parts out of the way for access, if necessary. Unbolt with a wrench the intake manifold bolt from the air inlet resonator. Unclamp the air cleaner cover from the housing that covers it. Remove the Positive Crankcase Ventilation make-up air hose from the air inlet tube. Next, remove the air cleaner cover, the throttle body hose clamp, resonator and inlet tube as well as the Exhaust Gas Recirculation tube.

Pull the spark plug wires loose carefully from the distributor cap, then unclamp and remove the distributor cap.

Make marks on the rotor-to-distributor and the distributor-to-engine positioning to make installation go smoothly later.

Lift out the rotor, and unscrew the screws in the distributor's two electrical harness connectors. Unbolt and remove the distributor's hold-down nuts and their washers. Also, remove the spark plug cable mounting bracket to provide more space for work, if needed, as well as the transaxle dipstick tube. Lift out the distributor, check its O-ring for problems and replace if necessary.

Match all the marks you made previously before installing your new Sebring distributor. You'll need to line up the marks for the engine to work properly. You can order a distributor for a 1995 Sebring, part number 83892N, from Parts Train. Part numbers will differ by manufacturer; know your engine year and size.

Replace all the parts in the previous steps in reverse order.


Basically, you need to get all other parts out of the way and unhooked from the distributor to gain access to replace it. If you're not familiar with all the parts, color-mark them to indicate which part goes where. For the 3.0L engines, to replace the distributor requires removing several major engine components and sensors. You probably should take the Sebring to a professional mechanic for this service.

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