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1988 aries k wont keep running

Won't run consistantly, have replaced multiple parts for fuel system, cooling system etc, hard to start most times then starts easy other times but still won't run long at all so it stays in teh driveway...did the diagnostics and got no codes other than test done code of 5 this just something that is not fixable if so need to know so I can stop putting money into it even tho it's so solid body wise and interior as well...

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Check the distributor out. They have plastic rivets from the factory holding the stator down in the distributor under the black ,magnetic pickup coil. It's under the rotor,just lift the round black plastic up for access. It's probably loose. Replace the distributor to fix.

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