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If the distributor cap is bad would it make the vehicle sound like its out of gas

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Yes. There is an old not-so-funny gag people used to do. They'd draw a line on the inside of a distributor cap with a #2 pencil, and replace the cap. The Car will run very badly no matter what else you do. My point is, a bad/dirty distributor cap will be a headache, so just replace the cap. It wouldn't hurt to get some new plugs and wires as well.

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this is not just a bad gaas cap code. it is a leak code for the evap system and will need to be tested to find leak. look underneath vehicle and check hoses on the evap canister for cracks or fallen off the canister is next to tank rectangular box. if dont find anything it will need to be "smoke" tested to find the leak

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Well the vehicle your talking about is 17 years old now and I would expect to run into this sort of problem with this many years on the vehicle. The problem could be many different things.

The first thing I would start on if it hasn't been done in a year or two is a some basic maintenance.

Change the spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap and rotor, and fuel filter.

I had a car one time that had the exact same symptoms as you are describing at it was due to corrosion on the metal points inside the distributor.

Condensation will build up inside the distributor cap and rust the metal contacts that make contact with the rotor. When this happens you aren't getting a strong enough spark to let your car run properly.

I would check the distributor cap first since its "free" to clean up and don't forget to lightly scrape any corrossion that has built up on the rotor as well.

Then if you haven't I would start going down the list of maintenance I made for you.

Granted these things may not be causing your problem but they are the cheapest easiest parts to maintain. And I gaurantee that if you haven't change these parts in a while and you do change them you will definetely feel a big difference in the way your vehicle runs.

I hope this helps you get started in the right direction and if it does help me out and give me a good rating,

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