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Distributor Cap Analysis
My daughter was driving the vehicle and it simply stopped running. The car will turn over, yet won't start. The mechanic said it was the distributor and wanted $1600 to replace. I have the car back and pulled off the distributor cap. The contacts look a bit white and the rotor seems okay. I thought I'd try turning the ignition over while the cap was off to see if it spun. However, the car won't turn over, perhaps the control module won't let it turn over with the cap.
I'm wondering if I should simply get a new cap and rotor first, to see what happens. Then perhaps the entire distributor. I haven't taken the distributor off yet, and the bottom bolt looks to be a bear to reach.
I have photos, but don't know if this site can post them. Any thoughts.