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Questions tagged [distributor]

A part on an engine that directs spark ignition power from a central ignition coil to the various cylinders at the correct times.

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Cranking engine with coil wire removed - damage?

I cranked the engine while the wire connecting the coil to the distributor was removed in order to not spark the engine. Apparently this is not the right way to do it. Have I caused some damage by ...
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Setting distributor correctly

I just got my engine back from the rebuilders. 1965 Pontiac 389 They have crank timing Mark at tdc on the front pulley. The distributor is not installed. The problem is that I don't know if piston 1 ...
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A true Electronic Distributor

Is the distributor in a 1993 Camry considered (electronic) ignition system? I've noticed that it has points & a condenser that can be replaced inside of it
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What is the expected voltage of a coil to a distributor supposed to be?

According to, https://www.carparts.com/classroom/ignition.htm . I have two wires that go to positive side of coil, one from resistor / ballast and the other from ignition switch, is this correct? My ...
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Car struggles to start when warm (fine when cold)

Car is a Mk1 Golf Cabriolet with JH1 injected engine. The car struggles to catch when the engine is warm. It turns over easily but will start to fire on only 1 or 2 cylinders for a while before ...
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I have a distributor that wont come out of my 87 Ford Ranger xlt 2.9 engine. Bolt is out .

Does the engine need to be at tdc on number one cylinder to align it so it will come out?
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Refurbishing an old Distributor Cap

Has anyone ever heard of refurbishing an old distributor cap? I know it sounds a bit odd, since they're normally pretty cheap, but sometimes they go out of production and you just can't get a ...
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Spark coming from distributor cap pin

recently I have noticed some random engine misfires. I've checked my spark plugs and wires and haven't noticed anything unusual. I have checked for sparks at night and there were no sparks coming from ...
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Adjusting the timing of a distributorless Toyota 4E-FE engine

I have a 1998 Toyota Corolla complete with a 1.3 4E-FE engine. As far as I can tell this is the 2nd generation 4E-FE engine with a distributorless set up. I'm in the process of modifying the car as ...
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Diagnosing the oil leak in ignition distributor

Cheerz, Recently, after a long trip I have noticed that the car started to use too much oil, 1L+ for 2000km (before I was adding 0.5-1.0L along 15000km and changing it afterwards). So I started to ...
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92 chevy truck distributor problems [closed]

I have a 92 chevy 350. Anywhere from a year to a month I have to replace the distributor. It starts cutting out around 2000 rpm but otherwise runs perfect. I have tried several other things to fix ...
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Rover Mini Mayfair Auto 1990/H

When cranking, the engine turns and there is a spark....not strong. I can't find the timing mark through the circulled(rubber) hole, but the arrow shows on the cover. How can I freely turn (by hand) ...
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What's better about an expensive distributor?

I have a '66 T-Bird I'm rejuvenating. I'm not as much interested in authenticity as I am in getting it to run. I like the idea of having the same car, but with better built components. That being ...
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VW Beetle Distributor Identification/Timing Specs

Can anyone tell me what kind of distributor this is? I'm specifically trying to find out what the timing specs are. I was told it is electronic. I had a mechanic a while back tell me it needed to have ...
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A/C Temporarily Cures Low, Hiccupping Idle

I have a 99 Nissan Almera 1.6L MTX ( nearly identical to the Sentra sold in the US ) which has developed a problem with low idle, occasional stalling at stop lights, what seems to be misfires and ...