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Distributor cap My ford aspire is running hard . I replaced the spark plugs and wires , but still ran hard . When i looked under the hood while it was running , i could see it sparking on the outside of the distributor cap . When it does this it sounds like its running on only three cylinders . Do you think its just the distributer cap ?

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  • kamereto Jul 14, 2008

    That was the first problem I had. The distributer cap was cracked, and taking on water. I got a new cap and went 300 thousand with it.

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Replace the cap as well as the rotor.

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