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Old 07-26-2006, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default What could cause a distributor to go bad?

I have bought 2 new distributors and so far each one has only last me about 2 months. Im on my 3rd one and its starting to act up too. It is starting to give me hard starts and it killed on me this morning. Anyone have this problem?
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Old 07-26-2006, 05:46 AM   #2
 
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I have had distributors die from having bad grounds.
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Where are the grounds you speak of?
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thermostat ground.

are these 100% new, or used? did u reuse the coil? ignitor? cap ?
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Its re-built from advance auto parts and its my 2nd one from them. Cap, rotor, ect are all new.
Im gonna check my grounds, any more info would be appreciated.
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Called my local mechanic and he said he couldnt see any reason for them to just die like that, other than the fact that its a cheap rebuild. Im gonna try to replace my grounds today. Anyone have any experience with this weird problem?
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Just added some new ground wires. Anymore ideas?
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Maybe try distributorking? I've used two for a period of about six months and so far, so good. Let's hope
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is there oil pooling in the spark plug sockets?
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Had the same problem before, check spark plugs if oil is pooling in, also check to see if the bolts are tight on the distributor, it happen to me and started acting up
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Had the same problem before, check spark plugs if oil is pooling in, also check to see if the bolts are tight on the distributor, it happen to me and started acting up
Hey I know this I. An old thread. Oil is in my spark plug sockets. I have no spark I went through 2 dizzy's.my question about this thread is what if oil is on the plugs or in the cylinder of the wire plug. Won't your car just start but sound shitty.
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Hey I know this I. An old thread. Oil is in my spark plug sockets. I have no spark I went through 2 dizzy's.my question about this thread is what if oil is on the plugs or in the cylinder of the wire plug. Won't your car just start but sound shitty.

i cant speak for anyone else but when i bought my 90 DA it needed plug gaskets and always had oil soaking the the plugs and wires. which in turn ruined the wires and caused them to slip of the plug and kill the car or would have a loose connection and would starve the electrical power to make it bog but it hasn't seemed to hurt my distributor. so that may be a slight part of your problem but i dont see how it would kill your dizzy. have you checked all of your wires that run to the dizzy plug to make sure that none of them are shorting out?
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