Driveability Problems Due to Internal Distributor Fault on GMC Sonoma

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.

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Average mileage: 149,428 (100,000–230,000)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.5L 4 Cylinder, 4 Cylinder, 4.3L V6
8 model years affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, more2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
15 people reported this problem
6 people shared problem details
2001 GMC Sonoma167,000
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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1999 GMC Sonoma- 2.2L 4 Cylinder230,000
I lose and gain power while driver and radio has hissing sounds
1996 GMC Sonoma- 2.2L 4 Cylinder107,000
truck starts when cold drive it 2 miles and it stalls after a few seconds it will restart
2002 GMC Sonoma- 2.2L 4 Cylinder110,000
Had to replace distributor
1998 GMC Sonoma- 2.2L 4 Cylinder130,000
engine runs rough and has a lose of power.
2002 GMC Sonoma- 4 Cylinder100,000
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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