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How to change the distributor cap

My 98 windstar has 100,000 miles. I change the plugs at 80k. How do you change the distributor cap. Is there a rotor inside also ??

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If it does have a cap there will be a rotor allso, But i highly dout that there is a distributor in that year of a van, That they use coil packs in it,

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also your car may need a timing belt change

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SOURCE: Just changed plugs and wires and engine is running rough.

google your make in model and the answer will find you. If it is still there check the timing and fuel filter

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SOURCE: 1990 f150 sputters after warmed up.

Replace the fuel filter.

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SOURCE: 2003 Windstar running rough. 80K miles. Misses

my van was doing the same thing and went to auto zone and they told me the same thing but i did nothing and it stopped on its own

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Check the coil out with an ohm meter. Auto Zone has Haynes Manuals with all the answers for your truck. I would get one if you plan to keep your truck for awhile

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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Tune up procedure.

Thanks for choosing FixYa and welcome. You need to change your spark plugs, coils, coil packs, wires, and distributor cap. Change your oil filter and your fuel filter. You can also change all the fluids, coolant, oil, and transmission fluid and filter. If you have over 100,000 miles, check your timing belt/chain. You can have a radiator flush also.

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My 1994 Toyota Land Cruiser ALSO idles rough in cold damp weather.

If this only happens when it's damp out, chances are your spark plug wires are arcing. When was the last time they were replaced? If they're factory wires, they'll be marked with the year they were made on the wires. Usually these won't last more than 10 years or 100,000 miles.

If they're in question, change the plug wires, spark plugs, distributor cap and rotor.

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I have 98 windstar 3.8 when it rains it runs rough and then smothe out after about 10 mins

Check your distributor cap - I'm pretty sure you have a hairline crack which would allow minute amounts of water in, fowl out your distributor and then clear out once it evaporates. You may or may not be able to see the crack.Change Distributor cap and rotor if it's been over a year since you last changed them.

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At how many miles do I need a tune up?

It depends on the engine you have. If you do not have a 100,000 mile sparkplug then replace plugs every 40,000 to 50,000 miles. Or at 2 to 3 year intervals whichever comes first.

Other maintenence requires shorter times. Oil changes and filters 3000 to 5000 miles. Air filters about 12,000 miles. If you have a distributor cap and rotor about 30,000 to 40,000 miles depending on wear.
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You say you changed the cap and rotor so I'm assuming the van has a 3.0L? Possible injector problem on cylinder #5, swap injector with cylinder 1 or 3 and see if miss/dtc moves to that cylinder. You also could have a vaccum leak, although they usually won't come and go. Does the vehicle have a consistent miss or do you just have a check engine light?

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on the top of the trans where the shifting bar goes through os a black switch with a large plug in it. these are known to go and cause this problem, ford charges 135$ to R&R including the part, junk yard is $30 for part eBay is your best bet for a new one

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before replacing -open up cap and clean contacts on button and cap- you are not putting enough miles on it to warrant changing these parts being changed.Fuel filter ever changed?

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