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Jag Daddy 11-06-2003 07:08 PM

HEI Distributor Problem
I was working on the car tonight and found a problem with the distributor. I was letting the car run to charge the battery, while I was doing this I decided to clean the dust off the chrome air cleaner. As soon as I touched it the car died. I restarted the car it ran fine as soon as I began to clean the air cleaner it died again. I then decided to push down on the air cleaner only to hear arcing. I looked and the 3 wires coming from the side of the distributor were arcing against some metal. Upon further investigation I found that the insulation was totally rotted off in some spots (not good) The wires are the ones that go into the plug towards the top of the distributor. Do they make a replacement plug and harness or am I into a new distributor?


Jmark 11-06-2003 07:15 PM

If its the plug that goes in the side of the cap, towards the top, drivers side, you can probably get one at a GM dealer.

johnsongrass1 11-06-2003 07:31 PM

I use a regular female spade connector. Crimp it on the wire and stuff it on to the terminal. If you ever have a problem with it falling out then you can drill a small hole and run a screw through it.

Jag Daddy 11-06-2003 11:48 PM

Went to Auto Zone tonight and the person behind the counter new exactly what I had. She said she had just had to replace one on a SBC 400 herself. She then walked back and brought one out of the back. It turns out the wires they use on the condenser plug assm. are rubber and self destruct from smog and such. Ran back home installed it while I was in there put fresh grease on the module and she fired right up. Funny it even seem to run smoother than normal. That made me start to wonder if a weak condenser could cause erratic ruff idle.


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