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Where is the cap & Rotor on the 2.5L motor? How can I find it?

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  • tim_tardino Feb 17, 2010

    is it behind the pass. wheell?

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Start at your spark plugs follow them "the wires" (all of them) they should all be located at one central place. This is your cap sometimes they are black or brown or hope this helps

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