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1996 formula, ran fine now died and won't start. It turns over fine. Distributor? How difficult are they to replace? Can I do it in a parking lot?

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This is a little challenging because when you remove the old one the gears that are meshed with the distributor gears are gonna spin and your gonna loose top dead center. This is one of those jobs that at best watch a Technician do it and ask questions . This way you'll know what to do and what to expect (may even make a few bucks doing it on someone else's car) the next time you encounter this.

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