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    1. Member
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      Apr 2nd, 2001
      High Point, NC
      1983 Rally Rabbit, 1996 Jetta Trek
      11-09-2002 08:30 AM #1
      I was wondering if someone could tell me a method for removing the drive gear off the bottom of a distributor.
      Any ideas? Ithink I could do it, but doing it without damaging it is the problem.

    2. 11-09-2002 09:34 AM #2
      drift/punch with an OD smaller than the roll pin that secures the gear to the distributor shaft.
      Large bench vise, or a block of wood w/hole for roll pin to exit thru.
      Punch the pin out.

    3. 11-09-2002 10:07 AM #3
      What he said, make sure you've got good backing, that pin is in there really REALLY tight, you have to hit it VERY hard.

    4. 11-09-2002 04:58 PM #4
      I drilled the pin out. I was bending a centerpunch I was hammering that thing so hard. Wouldn't budge. Once I drilled it, the remains slid right out. IIRC(it was a coupla years ago), it will punch out one way but not the other. IE, it's a wedge fit into the dist shaft. Apparently I was hammering away from the wrong side. Live and learn.
      Insert drivel here.....

    5. Member NefariousVW's Avatar
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      11-09-2002 09:30 PM #5
      I broke 2 punches and then took it a machine shop and had them press it out
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      '02 Jetta Wagon VR6

    6. Member RacerXXX85's Avatar
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      Dec 18th, 2001
      Arlington, DC
      11-10-2002 12:32 AM #6
      I just drilled mine out then put it back together with a roll pin i got from a hardware store

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      Corvallis, OR
      11-10-2002 03:29 PM #7
      I've drilled before. But found that with a solid vise, and nothing smaller than a 3.5 lb. sledge it'll come out. 5 lb. sledges make it easier tho.

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