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What would cause my ( distributor cap ) to keep fouling up? Several times over the years it has let me down. Brand of cap only dicitates length of operation. Is anyone aware of a designe flaw on this

This truck is not used in a work capacity and has never been. I don't understand the problem.

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  • dale osborne
    dale osborne Jan 21, 2014

    I replaced the coil pac, several years ago while fixing this same problem. I did have it tuned up, I wonder if the mechanic backed the spark off. when I get on it, I get a hesitation. I didn't have a problem towing my boat, granted it is only adding 700 lbs, but I had a 3 hr drive, no problems at all. I replaced the fule pump eight years ago. At a popular after market store, they said, the computer said bad 02 sensor. I asked which one, They said replace it, it's only $86. I smiled and said I have 6. So bed 02 reading can be fule pump. Makes sense too.Thanks for the help.

  • Vincent G
    Vincent G Jan 21, 2014

    WD-40 is the only economical solution for now.

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Is there any sign of oil smear / droplets inside the inner side of of the distributor?
When the oil o-ring fail on the bottom side of the distributor oil spot could occure,

Posted on Jan 20, 2014

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  • dale osborne
    dale osborne Jan 20, 2014

    Vincent_G, Thanks for the response. No oil can be seen, it is almost like a lime deposit. white and crusty. I think I'm going to get a new cap and pick up, and the thinest seal that I can find, that wont make too much of a gap, and see if it has any effect on it. I don't know why it was'nt designed this way.

  • Vincent G
    Vincent G Jan 20, 2014

    Buy a matching pack (one from a bubble pack). Place a clear / large plastic zip-lock bag to monitor moisture.

  • Vincent G
    Vincent G Jan 20, 2014

    Is the underhood blanket / shield still in place?

  • dale osborne
    dale osborne Jan 21, 2014

    I'll look for a seal. Do you think it would help if I sprayed WD40 in the cap? My Pop did it, I have done it, but with cars now I'm not sure. It is so hard to believe that I have built them from the frame up. Shade tree mechanics have it hard now. I see no remants of the blanket. No hanging clips, but the light is in place. I just can't believe the distributor is on the back of the block, with no kind of protection. Thanks.

  • Vincent G
    Vincent G Jan 21, 2014

    I want to isolate is the problem cause be seal (internal) or the external (ex moisture / no underhood weather protection / stock black or silver sheet) Use a plastic bag will help you see is the contamination is from

  • dale osborne
    dale osborne Jan 21, 2014

    Thanks, Vincent. I think the moisture gets kicked up from the front tires. I see no water marks on the fire wall, and no drip marks on the cap. I will try your suggestions, and let you know. I will also get a blanket, I just never thought about it. But today I'm staying in. Cold and snow, and for some reason people rush on days like this. Thanks.

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SOURCE: distributor cap firing order 1993 chevy cheyenne truck v6

Firing order is 1-6-5-4-3-2 cyls. # 1-3-5 on drivers side front to back and cyls. # 2-4-6 passenger side front to back.

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SOURCE: 1993 S-10 Truck will not start

how about the coil have you tested it and DO you have a proper spark tester using a spark plug for testing the spark is no longer efficient! test the coil !!!

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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SOURCE: how to install a distributor cap and rotor on a 1985 chevy truck?

I have had good luck with Echlin caps and rotors that are from NAPA.
You are going to need to mark your spark plug wires so you can get them back on the new cap in the right place. Tape with numbers on it or what ever you can come up with. There should be 4 screws around the lower part of the cap. Take your screwdriver and push down on the screw and turn like a quarter turn counter clockwise and you will see it release from the distributor. If you look at the new cap you will be able to see how it works. Once you have the cap off you will have to transfer the coil to the new cap. There should be 2 small screws on the top of the cap that hold the cover over the coil.
I think there are 4 screws holding the coil in to the cap and you will have to pull the wires and terminals out of the cap as you are removing the coil. Be careful when you retighten the screws in new cap.
When you replace the rotor you will see by looking at the bottom of it that it can only fit one way and lock on to distributor.
Just take your time. If you have any problems I will try to help.

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