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Distributor not working properly

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    Jeremy W. Feb 09, 2012

    can you describe the symptom you are having and what engine you have?

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More than likely the problem is the TFI ignition module and the distributor stator pickup coil inside the distributor, Ford had problems with both parts and on may models they were recalled or replaced under TSB's (service bulletins)

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