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Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? #4695562
03/15/18 11:26 AM
03/15/18 11:26 AM
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Venezuela, South America
Emanuel Offline OP
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Does the Distributor Cap and Rotor need to be replaced? My 290k miles car has original distributor cap, rotor and wires and runs strong without any problems. Would I see any benefit changing those items even when my car is running perfectly?

Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695568
03/15/18 11:31 AM
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Doubtful the originals are on this car. Unless you've owned this car since it was purchased new, those items have probably been replaced.


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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695569
03/15/18 11:32 AM
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Yes they do, like spark plugs they erode causing a wider air gap which requires higher firing voltage. You can have a low misfire count and not even notice it until it increases to a full blown miss, the wider air gap also places additional stress on the coil.


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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695583
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Yes; when I had a vehicle with this ignition, I usually changed the plugs, cap and rotor at every 2nd spark plug change - each plug change was 30,000 miles.


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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695588
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Yep, good idea to replace them. I replaced mine at 180k and noticed a smoother idle and small MPG increase.


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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695594
03/15/18 11:51 AM
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I always replaced the cap and rotor when I replaced spark plugs. Seriously doubt you have the OEM parts. Don't expect a noticeable change if you haven't been experiencing ignition problems.

Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695719
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It's a good idea to change the cap and rotor every other spark plug change. while the terminals do wear and pit due to unavoidable arcing everytime the rotor contact goes over the cap contact for each cylinder and the center contact wears down(it's a carbon nub that's spring loaded like a motor brush) you also have ionized air that has a good bit of ozone in it. If the cap's plastic weakens and cracks or if there's a carbon track on the inside of the cap, it's an ideal condition for a voltage leak.

Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695741
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Take the clips off the cap and have a look at each contact and the edge of the rotor. If there are any deposits on the contacts, replace the cap and rotor. I wouldn't bother with the wires unless you feel like updating them or the engine has trouble starting.

Last edited by Snagglefoot; 03/15/18 02:25 PM.

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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: javacontour] #4695785
03/15/18 03:18 PM
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Emanuel Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: javacontour
Doubtful the originals are on this car. Unless you've owned this car since it was purchased new, those items have probably been replaced.


I'm the original owner

Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Yah-Tah-Hey] #4695791
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Emanuel Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: Yah-Tah-Hey
I always replaced the cap and rotor when I replaced spark plugs. Seriously doubt you have the OEM parts. Don't expect a noticeable change if you haven't been experiencing ignition problems.


My dad is the original owner, I don't think he has changed those items

Last edited by Emanuel; 03/15/18 03:38 PM.
Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695795
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Emanuel Offline OP
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Now that I'm starting to remember the car did died some years ago for a ignition problem, I think it does have a new rotor

Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4695869
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FWIW I always replaced these parts at 60K miles. Never noticed a difference in how it ran, though. I wouldn't go over 100K miles.


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Re: Distributor Cap and Rotor Replacement? [Re: Emanuel] #4696006
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Replace them with quality parts. I like OEM.


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