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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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96 Toyota Previa starts with no wires connected to the distributor

I changed my distributor and rotor the wires werent on yet and my kid turned the key and the van started right up how is this possible?
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Dodge 350 1985 5,9L V8

Hi my dodge turn off while driving and doesn’t start any more. Everything worked normal, I think in the ignition distributor is the charcoal pencil used. Sorry for my bad English I am from Germany
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Why does the California smog check involve an inspection of the ignition timing?

I purchased a 30-year-old truck, which seems to run well in spite of its age. But when I take it to get a smog check, the engineer clips a timing light to the first spark plug and tells me that the ...
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What is this wire circled in green in the picture below that connects to the distributor body?

This green circled wire as you can see in the picture below connects to the lower part of the distributor body and it looks like its on top of the wiring for the condenser as well. Is this some sort ...
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Question about Ignition Systems ; The Amount of Contact Breaker Points inside the distributor

The distributor in Lamborghini Espada has 4 contact breaker points. Why is that? Couldnt a single point handle all 12 cylinders? I ve also heard they used twin points inside the distributors of some ...
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What are the pros and cons of using distributor per bank vs single bigger distributor on a dohc v8 for example?

early Ferrari 308 models used a distributor per bank that worked on their respective bank , but on later 308s they switched to a single bigger distributor that worked for both banks. What would be the ...
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VW 1978 beetle not starting - possible distributor issue

A few days ago my car could not start, about an hour later it work perfectly. Our neighbour who own one himself took a look and said that I need to change the distribution cap and rotor which I did. ...
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How does a distributor condenser prevent contact burning?

Here is a post I found, but it doesnt clearly explain why arcing is suppressed with a cap(acitor) How the Ignition System Works by Malcolm Holser The way the ignition works is this: You connect a ...
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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 ...
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Installing New Distributor on a 1968 Ford Thunderbird With 186,000 Miles

I have a 1968 Ford Thunderbird that had a Mallory ignition. The Mallory ignition started to show signs of wearing out, as the motor would run for a few minutes and suddenly die, only to start back up ...
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