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How do i find out if my distributor is bad? - 1993 Ford Probe

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  • proteus4now May 11, 2010

    A little more info would be helpful, such as which engine do you have and what symptoms are you experiencing.

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    Jonathan Van Rensburg May 11, 2010

    What is your Car doing,

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Take distributor cap off and look at the contacts if the have build up on them and the cap button has a black mark or burnt mark on it change them both. (You should always change the cap and rotor button when you change one of them.)

Posted on May 22, 2009

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