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Ignition Distributor

The purpose of the ignition distributor is to direct the high voltage spark from the ignition coil to the individual spark plugs. The distributor may also house the ignition module and camshaft position sensor.

Symptoms of Wear or Failure

  • Hard starting, misfire, lack of power, and/or stalling
  • Illumination of the Check Engine Light
  • Engine oil leak
  • Abnormal noise

Related Repair Advice

  • An external oil leak from the distributor base can be repaired, so replacement of the complete distributor may not be necessary
  • In some cases, failure of internal distributor components may require replacement of the complete distributor assembly

 

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