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GMC Sonoma Internal Faults in Distributor Can Cause Engine Problems

GMC Sonoma Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engines Affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder, 4.3L V6

Average Mileage: 149,428 mi (100,000 mi - 230,000 mi)


The distributor may develop internal faults. This can cause a rough running engine or stalling condition, the Check Engine Light may or may not illuminate. Our technicians tell us that the distributor should be overhauled or replaced to correct this concern.

  • Visitor, , 167,000 mi

    Distributor started having a rattling noise. I replaced the rotor and top, didn't help. Also generated lots of ignition noise in the radio. Local dealer repaired.

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  • Visitor, , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 230,000 mi

    I lose and gain power while driver and radio has hissing sounds

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  • Visitor, , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 107,000 mi

    truck starts when cold drive it 2 miles and it stalls after a few seconds it will restart

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  • theresame, , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 110,000 mi

    Had to replace distributor

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  • shaker327, , 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 130,000 mi

    engine runs rough and has a lose of power.

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  • Visitor, , 4 Cylinder, 100,000 mi

    Being from Western New York, My problem was caused by excessive corrosion in and around the distributor packs. This caused short condition which actually blew the fuel pump fuse. This must be a common problem, because it had happened to my previous truck. 1994 Chevy S10, same engine.

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