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Distributor- turns clockwise only?

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My '87 EFI 3.5 is running roughly after its top end rebuild. I am not sure how healthy my distributor is...? The rotor arm rotates only clockwise with a quiet click-clicking as it trips the pickup. It will not turn anti-clockwise as it the jams against the pickup. The vacuum advance was basically hanging off as the two torx screws were left loose.
To top it all off the vacuum advance appears to work when the inline advance 'dampener' is plugged the right way round....
Do these distributors wear out quickly?
Any ideas greatly welcomed! Cheers
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There shouldn't be any noise, or 'clicking' from the pickup. If it's jamming, as you suggest it may be, I would first check the gap between the reluctor and the pickup, using a brass or plastic feeler guage. Also, there may be something amiss with the advance weights, or their springs. The shaft should rotate smoothly in both directions (assuming, obviously, that it's out of the car.)
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