Your car's distributor is nothing to play around with. It uses a shaft, synced to the engine’s RPMs, and
sends a charge to each individual spark plug in a prescribed sequence -- and it
works by way of high voltage.
Many newer vehicles may not have ignition distributors. They rely instead on
a design that produces a charge at the spark plug itself, meaning there is no need for a connection by plug wires to
a central distributor. The timing of the firing of each plug is controlled by the engine control unit (ECU).
With your vehicle, you might be looking for a replacement because you've noticed that the surface of your distributor
cap is worn or cracked, or you've found the internal contact points and distributor rotor are showing some wear.
You may have also tested the remote ends of your plug wires and found that they
are not firing. Other symptoms that might indicate an issue with the distributor rotor or any other component
of the system include misfiring, roughness, backfiring and a Check Engine light. In any case, you need to switch out
old for new to keep your vehicle moving. This is a job that you can tackle yourself with the help of some online how-to
guides or videos.
If you're doing it yourself, be sure to clearly mark each plug wire such that you will return it to the same point on your
new distributor, and only remove one plug wire at a time from the old one. If you replace the spark plug wires
too, be sure to match each plug wire against the old one to make sure of the precise, correct length. Make sure you're
careful with this part – switching plug wires will throw off the ignition order.
We carry hundreds of electrical distributors for all makes and models, including yours. Use our online search engine
to find new and remanufactured parts from many manufacturers, including AC Delco, Bosch, Cardone and Edelbrock. You can
also check part compatibility with your car.