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My 86 VW Cabriolet needs a Fuel Distributor (Lumbar system?)... My mechanic (who doesn't specialize in VWs) suggested NOT buying one from a junkyard or that has been sitting around--yet there are **a lot** online to buy. Any suggestions?

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Well i m just about to fix my fuel distributor but looking for some seals. thats is what i found wrong with mine

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    you can rebuild it yourself as long as you have the proper tools like a depth gauge to measure the fuel mixture screws which there are four of them there are approximatly 36 o-rings inside if you do buy a new distributor valve i wound up just putting the o-rings in and drove it a month then had to buy a reman.

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Your mechanic is right but if you can get a used one from a reputable salvage yard(yes there are some). you might save some cash. Problem is if it doesn't work you get to pay your mech. to do it again or as many times as it takes to get a good one. Are you a gambling man?

Posted on Sep 14, 2010

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    or woman? hehe. What about the rebuilt doo-dads I'm finding online? Oh how I wish I would have assisted my dad in the garage over the years...

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