What is the Distributor?
Three factors (fuel, air, and ignition) are required to power the modern internal combustion motor. The distributor houses a rotor that allows the spark needed to ignite the fuel in a car. The rotor turns within the distributor, connects with the ignition coil, and creates electric current. This current passes to the spark plugs, which deliver the current from the rotor to the combustion chamber and enable the vehicle to start.
Bear in mind:
- A bad distributor will prevent a vehicle from running properly, because there will be no spark generated to ignite the fuel in order to generate combustion.
- Generally, a distributor is found near the engine, but tracing spark plug wires will lead to its exact place.
An inspection by an expert mechanics can determine if the distributor is faulty. While the distributor may seem to be in working order from a visual inspection, it often needs to be dismantled complete to check the function of the rotor and other parts.
What common signs indicate you may need to change the Distributor?
- Vehicle shakes abnormally while at an idling stop
- Vehicle stalls while at an idling stop
- Vehicle backfires
- Vehicle’s RPMs are not steady (varying widely instead of smoothly raising, lowering, or maintaining)
- High pitched squealing noise
- Car tries to start, but won’t completely turn over
How vital is this service?
While a vehicle may still start with a faulty distributor, the distributor will fail completely in time. If any of the above symptoms are being observed, it’s important to schedule an inspection to determine the cause, so that a repair can be completed. If the vehicle stalls and fails to re-start in traffic, it can quickly become a safety issue for all vehicle occupants.
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