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Electrical failure Hi, I just bought a used 1988 Colt and it was running fine when I got it. Then all of a sudden a couple of days ago the turning signals stopped working and all of the electric stuff in the car stopped working including the automatic transmission. The battery is brand new and it starts with a jump, but only runs for like a minute. I was told that the distributor cap and router fail often in these cars. Is that the problem? How do I replace it? Where is it so that I can check if that's it? If it's not the distributor cap and router, any ideas as to what it might be?

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The distributor cap and rotor will not make the electrical system work. It's a round black thing with pencil size wires running out of it, one goes to each spark plug. You might check the fusible link by the battery, the battery terminals etc. Check to see (when the ignition switch is off) if when you remove a battery cable and retouch it to the post that you get a tiny spark. If so, you have a short somewhere in your electrical system, and that will have to be fixed before you do anything else.

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