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Old 12-30-2011, 07:45 PM
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hi i am new yes i am a female

i had my distributor replaced and now my car seems like it struggles to start could that have something to do with the distributor.

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Welcome ! To get a useful answer from the experts on this site, more info is needed. What is the year, make, and model of the car and what is the engine in that car and does it uses carburetors or fuel injection ?
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:49 AM
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Chances are the timing is either retarded or too far advanced. Who replaced the distributor?
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More info will help us get your problem sorted out,
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To answer the question, YES, the hard starting can be caused by the wrong setting.
Distributors are held with a clamp. Loosening the bolt holding the clamp allows you to turn the distributor. We sometimes call it a dizzy for brevity.
Turning the dizzy affects the exact timing of when the spark plugs fire.
Setting the timing is very easy. It requires a distributor wrench, and a timing light, you can get both from Harbor Freight for $30.
The exact procedure depends on what you have, but there is the other option.
Try-it-and-see. Basically, loosen the clamp, turn the dizzy a hair clockwise, snug the clamp, then try to start the engine. If it's worse, try it 2 hairs the other direction.
Once it is started, shut it off and mark where you started. White-out or a sharpie can work. Then re-start it, and you can wear an insulated leather glove, and turn the dizzy to the highest idle speed. Snug the clamp there, shut it off, make a second mark, then try to re-start. If it is again difficult, then at least you know the ideal range is somewhere between your marks.
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