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Why do they sell complete distributors?
#812933 May 05th 2024 11:48 pm
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I was searching for a connector that broke off the coil. I was gentle but the little hold on clip snapped.
Then as I shopped Rock auto I see on the listings whole distributors long geared things that drop into
the engine. I am a shade tree mechanic but I wonder, does the distributor get noisy, or maybe there is
play at the top. I have too many questions!

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The play at the top is the timing advance springs and weights, they usually don't make noise due to the constant oiling. And the distributor units sold today have inferior electronics, even A/C Delco

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Lenard #812936 May 06th 2024 9:45 am
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Your mid 90's Chevy distributor should be good for the life of the engine in most cases. I replaced the dizzy on our '94 GMC w/305 but that was because it had over 300k miles on it and, since it's easier to replace the distributor than work on the old one, I'm lazy. That's been a few years ago and about 50K miles with no problems so far.
BTW, whenever I tune up one of our mid '90 Chevys I always replace the coil. The coils suffer from the heat of the mounting location and poor foreign manufacturing quality. The distributor and components get blamed for a lot of bad coils and weak spark.

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Lenard #812938 May 06th 2024 1:16 pm
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Originally Posted by CatFish
Your mid 90's Chevy distributor should be good for the life of the engine in most cases. I replaced the dizzy on our '94 GMC w/305 but that was because it had over 300k miles on it and, since it's easier to replace the distributor than work on the old one, I'm lazy. That's been a few years ago and about 50K miles with no problems so far.
BTW, whenever I tune up one of our mid '90 Chevys I always replace the coil. The coils suffer from the heat of the mounting location and poor foreign manufacturing quality. The distributor and components get blamed for a lot of bad coils and weak spark.

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Yeah, thanks for that tip. I have a short story,
My 95 chevy g20 5.7--- So even now once in a long time it would crank and not start, it got worse, I stopped for gas and went to start and crank crank, not a hint of kick.
Some mechanic heard the cranking shouted out change the ignition module, so I did a genuine one from rock auto and the problem stayed away for a year or two, A noticeable change.
Now once in awhile I am back to the most random no start, and then it does start.
So I been thinking maybe the delco module is just not good, who knows, could be chinese, but on the other hand the module should last for years.
I am probably going to change the fuel pump relay, and I guess I'll have to get another ignition module my van has 318K but runs great, I keep up with stuff.

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I'd be lucky to find a module like that with the GM imprint. even though I go with genuine numbers I find on Rock Auto, I really question the authenticity of stuff now a days..

Its the same thing with rechargeable batteries, most are made in china with every price, capacity, its hard to know what you will get.

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Lucky you, my Ford, when the ignition module goes, its either due to the pickup in the distributor, or it takes out the pickup when it goes bad, therefor you need to just replace the entire distributor as a whole unit, hope the Chinese rebuilt it right, or just order 2 in hopes of getting a good one, I miss points now.

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Originally Posted by maples01
Lucky you, my Ford, when the ignition module goes, its either due to the pickup in the distributor, or it takes out the pickup when it goes bad, therefor you need to just replace the entire distributor as a whole unit, hope the Chinese rebuilt it right, or just order 2 in hopes of getting a good one, I miss points now.

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