Car wont start mechanic says something about distributor
My car wouldn't start all of a sudden and a while after it did it died and would not start again. I towed it to a mechanic who says something about a distributor sensor and wires and wants to charge me close to a grand to fix it. Is changing the distributor and wires a hard thing to do? Can you walk me through it?
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I had a similar problem with an old VW many years ago. For me, it was condensation in the distributor cap. Try spraying WD40 inside the distributor cap & see what happens. It can't hurt & might help. Hope it does.
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It's gotta be the distributor. They are a common fault for that model and I actually have the same model as you. They are very sensitive to water as well. Easy part to replace if you are a do it yourself kind of person. If the distributor goes bad, you can crank it all day long and it wont spark. You say your rpm gauge was steady the whole time? That sounds like something else but i'll stick with my original guess. Throw a used one in it from a wrecking yard if you like. Make sure to keep the adjuster bolts in the same place as your current position as that is your timing. Distributor is located on the right side on the top of the engine and have the wires for the spark plugs going into it. you will need a 10mm socket to remove the 2 bolts holding it in. Its easier to do if you disconnect the air intake as well by simply using a screw driver. Any more questions, I'd be happy to answer. All the best
You will need to see if you are getting spark to the spark plug. You can remove plug cable a d insert a screw driver and place metal of screw driver within 1/8 of an inch from metal on engine or car. Have someone try to start the engine while watching the gap for spark. Make sure you have good connection in cable. If no spark, then it may be distributed.
doble check the alternator... take it to a different shop or mechanic, check the battery, maybe the battery is dead or it does not storing energy... if it not solve the problem, check for grounded wires, cables....
Not to be hurtfull,but, I would not use or listen to jiffy lube or a mechanic that discribes your vehicle issues as -gone. Find and use a good local repair shop. Perferably one with an ASE Certified Tech, that will be looking over your vehicle. Need more info or the vehicle. Could be a timing chain,fuel pump,worn out distributor etc.
Clicking sounds more like a starter circuit problem (like corroded battery terminals or starter solenoid or relay) If there is a poor battery connection, it may have caused your current problem but is definitely not related to anything to do with the distributor. Dist may have failed as a separate issue, but not related to clicking.