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Spark will be missing. Just replace the cap and rotor You can take it off to clean the contacts temporarily

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Symptoms of bad distributor


a bad distributor indicates in several ways
misfiring on one particular cylinder --- cracked cap, carbon track diverting the current for the spark
multiple misfires -- corrosion in the HT leads receptacles
intermittent spark ---rotor button spring contact not touch carbon button in cap--replace cap
varying timing --- using a timing light , the timing varies between BTDC and AFTDC--- worn bushes in the body, worn shaft, bent shaft, excessive end float in the shaft
faulty advance plate connections---stuck or loose
if electronic --- exciter touching the pickup sensor( worn shaft/ bushes
without a make ,model year and control method (efi or electronic distributor) it is difficult to determine the cause of rough idling and the rpms variation
that can be from vacuum leaks, low fuel pressure , mixture adjustment if carby or mixture control if ECM
if EFI unit run the fault codes for pointers to the problem area

May 05, 2016 | Cars & Trucks

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My 1999 tahoe got a 350 in it what could stop it from firing


bad crank position sensor
bad ignition module
bad spark plugs
bad wiring
weak battery
bad computer
the list goes on....

Do you have any check engine codes showing up? A proper diagnosis of the symptom will yield you a faster and less expensive repair.

Feb 02, 2015 | Cars & Trucks

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Failed asm emission test


Improper Ignition Timing

Defective Ignition Components
(ignition coil/s, distributor*, distributor cap*, distributor rotor*, ignition wires, and spark plugs - NOTE:*Distributor-less engines do not have these components)

Lean Fuel Mixture

Defective Catalytic Converter
(Some symptoms of a bad catalytic converter:
Major loss of power over 15-25 mph.(does this speed sound familiar to you?)
Strong sulfer or rotten egg smell emitting from the exhaust.
Loud rattle being heard from inside the catalytic converter.

Defective Air Injection Components

Faulty smog pump if fitted.

Low Cylinder Compression.

Aug 26, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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What is the symptom of a bad crank shaft sensor


In most case's the vehicle will stall but won't continue to run or just a flat no start the crank sensor tell the computer the firing order and when to firer where the cam or distributor sensor tell the computer where number one cylinder is note that the crank sensor my hold both sensor in one. If you had a distributor less car it can affect both fuel and ignition system where as if you have a distributor it would more likely affect the fuel system only. I have seen bad sensor that just made for a poor run and low power do to a bad out put signal to the computer. Check it with a scope for a clean signal back to the computer.

May 25, 2014 | Audi A3 Cars & Trucks

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Misfire on #4 cylinder


I'm assuming that your symptoms may include:
* the engine may be harder to start
* the engine may stumble / stumble, and/or hesitate
* other symptoms may also be present

A code P0304 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
* Faulty spark plug or wire
* Faulty coil (pack)
* Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
* Faulty fuel injector
* Burned exhaust valve
* Faulty catalytic converter(s)
* Running out of fuel
* Poor compression
* Defective computer

Check this possible solutions:
* If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.
* If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty fuel injectors.

Hope helps (remember comment and rate this).

Sep 24, 2010 | 2004 GMC Envoy

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Symptoms of a bad pick up module on a 1996 GMC K2500 Suburban


What I see the most often is a stalled engine with a loss of spark when driving. Once the engine cools off it will sometimes start and run fine for a short while then do the same thing again. Often, but not always, the pickup up coil or ignition module [both are under the distributor cap] have to heat up quite a bit before they will act up. I replace about 10 ignition modules for every one pickup coil but either one can cause the same identical stalling problem. I keep a few known good modules around as test units so I can just replace a suspected bad module and road test it to see if it works. Another thing that can go wrong in these distributors are the magnets built into the pole piece. A weak or cracked magnet can cause all kinds of odd problems such as stalling when placed in reverse, misfires over 1,000 rpm, etc. Worn bushings in the distributor can also cause problems. As far as a specific test you can do to see which part is failing? I wish there was a relaible one. I've tried using a lab scope and module testers to diganose the culprit but you have to catch the problem as it's happening for those tests to be accurate.

Jun 17, 2010 | 1996 GMC Suburban

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1995 dodge ram 1500. shuts off and wont start until cools off.


These Dodge trucks are known for the pick-up inside the distributor going bad and causing this symptom. The pick up module can be bought at any local parts store such as Autozone or Advanced Auto Parts. It is fairly simple to change. Just remove your distributor cap, Take of the rotor and you will see the pick up.

Oct 02, 2009 | 1993 Dodge Ram

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99 dodge avenger will not start. 2.5 V-6 engine


A few things...what are the symptoms right now? A bad ASD relay will cause the vehicle to NOT start. Two plastic covered boxes other than the fuse box in the engine compartment. The TCM...PCM...and other relays are there. You may want to swap like relays to see if you have a bad one.

Feb 19, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Avenger

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1996 f150 5.0L misfire code


P0307 Code - Cylinder #7 Misfire Technical Description Cylinder #7 Misfire Detected
What does that mean? A P0307 code means that the the car's computer has detected that one of the engine's cylinders is not firing properly. In this case it's cylinder #7.
copyscape.gif SymptomsSymptoms may include:
  • the engine may be harder to start
  • the engine may stumble / stumble, and/or hesitate
  • other symptoms may also be present
Causes A code P0307 may mean that one or more of the following has happened:
  • Faulty spark plug or wire
  • Faulty coil (pack)
  • Faulty oxygen sensor(s)
  • Faulty fuel injector
  • Burned exhaust valve
  • Faulty catalytic converter(s)
  • Running out of fuel
  • Poor compression
  • Defective computer
Possible Solutions If there are no symptoms, the simplest thing to do is to reset the code and see if it comes back.
If there are symptoms such as the engine is stumbling or hesitating, check all wiring and connectors that lead to the cylinders (i.e. spark plugs). Depending on how long the ignition components have been in the car, it may be a good idea to replace them as part of your regular maintenance schedule. I would suggest spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor (if applicable). Otherwise, check the coils (a.k.a. coil packs). In some cases, the catalytic converter has gone bad. If you smell rotten eggs in the exhaust, your cat converter needs to be replaced. I've also heard in other cases the problems were faulty

Jan 14, 2009 | 1996 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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