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How to Replace the Distributor in a Hyundai Sonata

by ContributorUpdated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Wrench

  • Screwdriver

  • Distributor

How to Replace the Distributor in a Hyundai Sonata. From 2005 on, the Hyundai Sonata has had a distributorless system. In earlier years, it had both distributor and distributorless systems. If you own a Sonata with a 3.0L engine from 1999 to 2004, a 3.5L engine from 2001 to 2004, or engines from earlier years, here's how to replace the distributor. You won't need special tools.

Remove the distributor cap with a screwdriver. You can locate it at the back of the engine block from the spark plug wires running to it. If you have to disconnect the wires, label them for reassembly.

Take off the distributor electrical connectors with a screwdriver.

Make marks to match the rotor to the distributor housing for later reassembly. Do the same with the distributor housing, making a mark to line it up with the engine. These marks will help you line up components later so the engine will function properly when you install the distributor.

Unbolt the distributor with a wrench and lift it out carefully so you don't damage the O-ring.

Put in the new Sonata distributor with the rotor-to-housing and the housing-to-engine match marks lined up and bolt it down. The part number for a new 1995 distributor is 83872E from Parts Train, but you should give the company the engine size and year because parts numbers vary among manufacturers.

Reattach the electrical connectors to the distributor and replace the distributor cap.


If the distributor is hard to remove, the O-ring is probably damaged and should be replaced. Lightly grease it before replacing.

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