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Default Symptoms of a Bad Distributor???? - 02-20-2007 , 11:56 PM






I started driving the other day and noticed what seemed like the
engine was missing. I was travelling on the interstate and this
continued for the next couple hours. It got worse and the car started
to miss when accelerating and hesitate under load. I changed the
spark plugs (did not change the wires). Eventually it got worse and
seemed like the car was not getting any fuel/power when I gave it
gas. I decided to pull off the road to give it a break. As I slowed
down it stalled out and would not start. As I tried to restart the
car the battery died. However, when the tow truck arrived I jumped
the battery and got it to start. I had the car towed and the
mechanic said the diagnostic machine indicated that the distributor
was bad. To my knowledge there was no oil in the Distributor and the
mechanic said the bearings did the internal distributor damage that
was going to require a new distributor. For some reason I don't think
it is the distributor but I am far from an expert. Please help.
My questions are:

1. Would I have heard any sounds if the distributor went bad?
2. Could the symptoms listed be a pvc valve or air filter (neither
have been changed for quite some time)?
3. Any other seggestions?




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Default Re: Symptoms of a Bad Distributor???? - 02-21-2007 , 07:01 AM






bcummings (AT) ec (DOT) rr.com wrote:
Quote:
I started driving the other day and noticed what seemed like the
engine was missing. I was travelling on the interstate and this
continued for the next couple hours. It got worse and the car started
to miss when accelerating and hesitate under load. I changed the
spark plugs (did not change the wires). Eventually it got worse and
seemed like the car was not getting any fuel/power when I gave it
gas. I decided to pull off the road to give it a break. As I slowed
down it stalled out and would not start. As I tried to restart the
car the battery died. However, when the tow truck arrived I jumped
the battery and got it to start. I had the car towed and the
mechanic said the diagnostic machine indicated that the distributor
was bad. To my knowledge there was no oil in the Distributor and the
mechanic said the bearings did the internal distributor damage that
was going to require a new distributor. For some reason I don't think
it is the distributor but I am far from an expert. Please help.
My questions are:

1. Would I have heard any sounds if the distributor went bad?
2. Could the symptoms listed be a pvc valve or air filter (neither
have been changed for quite some time)?
3. Any other seggestions?

Them '29 Maxwell's all had bad distributors.

Make, Model and Year are helpful information.

I have replaced several GM light truck distributors due to worn
bearings. All were in the 170k to 200k miles range.


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Default Re: Symptoms of a Bad Distributor???? - 02-23-2007 , 09:56 AM



On Feb 21, 8:01 am, anumber1 <anumber1*NOSP... (AT) bigfoot (DOT) com> wrote:
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bcummi... (AT) ec (DOT) rr.com wrote:
I started driving the other day and noticed what seemed like the
engine was missing. I was travelling on the interstate and this
continued for the next couple hours. It got worse and the car started
to miss when accelerating and hesitate under load. I changed the
spark plugs (did not change the wires). Eventually it got worse and
seemed like the car was not getting any fuel/power when I gave it
gas. I decided to pull off the road to give it a break. As I slowed
down it stalled out and would not start. As I tried to restart the
car the battery died. However, when the tow truck arrived I jumped
the battery and got it to start. I had the car towed and the
mechanic said the diagnostic machine indicated that the distributor
was bad. To my knowledge there was no oil in the Distributor and the
mechanic said the bearings did the internal distributor damage that
was going to require a new distributor. For some reason I don't think
it is the distributor but I am far from an expert. Please help.
My questions are:

1. Would I have heard any sounds if the distributor went bad?
2. Could the symptoms listed be a pvc valve or air filter (neither
have been changed for quite some time)?
3. Any other seggestions?

Them '29 Maxwell's all had bad distributors.

Make, Model and Year are helpful information.

I have replaced several GM light truck distributors due to worn
bearings. All were in the 170k to 200k miles range.- Hide quoted text -

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Thanks for the reply. The vehicle is a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, 4wd
with 160K miles. You had mentioned that you have replaced
distributors due to worn bearings. You can probably answer some other
questions for me.
- When the bearings break loose does it make noise?
-Can the vehicle still be started?
-And finally, does this happen over time, because it seems that it the
bearings break loose the ultimate end would happen quickly?



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Scott Dorsey
 
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Default Re: Symptoms of a Bad Distributor???? - 02-23-2007 , 01:00 PM



<bcummings (AT) ec (DOT) rr.com> wrote:
Quote:
Thanks for the reply. The vehicle is a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder, 4wd
with 160K miles. You had mentioned that you have replaced
distributors due to worn bearings. You can probably answer some other
questions for me.
- When the bearings break loose does it make noise?
-Can the vehicle still be started?
-And finally, does this happen over time, because it seems that it the
bearings break loose the ultimate end would happen quickly?
When the bearings are bad, you will either hear a sound from the
distributor, or there will be play in the shaft. Pull the cap and
turn the rotor. Is there any play?
--scott
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