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When I try to start it, just a click. Battery is good, is it my starter or distributor? It has not be over 30 degrees here since I drove it last, does a starter ever get too cold?

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Check the fuses. I know this sounds weird and obvious, but I had the same problem happen. I do not recall which fuse specifically was involved, but I think it was one of the larger ones. The mechanics had knocked them loose when replacing an axle a couple days earlier, and with the way they are designed I can see them coming loose over time. 

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Take a look at the starter and make sure the connections are nice and snug. (The starter is located on the top of the motor, on the driver's side, close to the firewall.) If they are, remove the starter and bench test it (or take it to Carquest and have them test it). Disconnect the battery, disconnect the connections on the starter, undo a couple of bolts, and it'll pull right out.
It is definitely not a distributor problem since those vehicles don't have one. :-)

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