What is a distributor cap and rotor replacement?

During this replacement procedure, a mechanic will replace the distributor cap and rotor and reinstall the ignition wires in your vehicle so that the distributor is operational again.

How to replace a distributor cap and rotor

The process to replace the distributor cap and rotor includes these steps:
  • Checking the ignition system
  • Replacing the cap and/or the rotor
  • Checking the ignition system again to see if the problem is fixed
  • Inspecting the ignition timing, if necessary
Remember, when your mechanic installs a new distributor cap and rotor, they should also inspect the entire ignition system.

How do I know if I need a distributor cap and rotor replacement?

If one or more of the following are happening to your car, you may need to get a distributor cap and rotor replacement:
  • Engine misfires
  • Car is unable to start
  • Engine is producing unusual noises
  • Check Engine Light is illuminated

How important is a distributor cap and rotor replacement?

Since the distributor cap and rotor are imperative for the engine to run, this replacement service is very important.
As part of a larger system, the rotor helps distribute sparks to the spark plugs, which ignite the fuel mixture. If the cap and rotor aren’t working, the ignition coil voltage won’t be properly redistributed. As a result, your engine may not run.

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