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Distributor Components
Distributor Components

The distributor and its components,are essential to the engine's ignition process. The distributor transfers current to each spark plug, in the correct order,which allows the vehicle's engine to operate smoothly and efficiently. The distributor is driven by a gear,which is connected to the engine's camshaft on one end, and then to the rotor, which is inside the distributor cap, on the other end. As the rotor spins, electrical current is sent in to it,and is transferred to contact points, for each cylinder. This process is effective,due to the small intervals between the firing of each spark, in the cylinders. This process is precise,and special kits are available which adjust the setting in the distributor,creating maximum power output.

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Distributor Caps

Distributor Caps
Distributor Caps

A distributor cap is used on an engine to cover the distributor and its internal rotor. The distributor cap has one post for each cylinder and in point ignition systems there is a central post for the current from the ignition coil coming into the distributor. Inside the distributor cap is a terminal that corresponds to each post. These terminals are arranged around the circumference of the cap according to the firing order that way the secondary voltage is sent to the proper spark plug at the right time. Continue Reading -->

Distributor Conversion Kits

Distributor Conversion Kits
Distributor Conversion Kits

Distributor conversion kits allow a distributor setup on older vehicles that are using the point-type setup to be converted to electric ignition. The reason for doing this is because electric ignition is much more reliable than the point-type setup which would sometimes require constant adjustment to its points in order to function properly. These kits typically come with a new distributor, electronic control unit, wiring harness, and a ballast resistor but the contents of each individual kit may vary. It is important when buying a distributor conversion kit to ensure that the components are suitable for the vehicle. Continue Reading -->

Distributor Points

Distributor Points
Distributor Points

Distributor points are a set of electrical contacts that switch the coil on and off at the appropriate time. These points are used on older style distributors that use the point-type setup to operate instead of the electric setup that is found in most modern vehicles today. The points are opened and closed by the mechanical action of the distributor shaft lobes pushing on them. This constant opening and closing means that the points are put through allot of wear as they switch up to eight amps of current many times per second at highway speeds. As the points open and close, a signal is sent to the coil which produces the electrical voltage needed to fire the spark plugs. It is important to regularly maintenance the distributor points because they may need adjustments and they are prone to pitting. On average, these points should be replaced about once per year to prevent the chance of a point connection getting so worn that it will no longer function and fire the spark plug. Continue Reading -->

Distributor Recurve Kits

Distributor Recurve Kits
Distributor Recurve Kits

Distributor recurve kits are used to optimize ignition timing so that the engine is able to produce max power and faster acceleration. These kits come with multiple parts that are all meant to do the same thing because different vehicle all have different settings which means there is no one size fits all to provide the best results. The kits will usually come with multiple springs, a center pivot plate, advance weights, and nylon bushings. Continue Reading -->

Distributor Rotors

Distributor Rotors
Distributor Rotors

The distributor rotor is the component in a vehicles ignition system that takes current from the coil and distributes it to a series of contact points as it spins. These contact points take the current and send it to the spark plug so that it can create the spark in the combustion chamber to ignite the fuel. The amount of current that the rotor sends the spark plugs is between 20,000 and 30,000 volts. The rotor spins at different speeds depending on the speed of the camshaft since that is what it connects to for its power. The speed of the rotor is exactly half the speed of the crankshaft on all standard four stroke engines. Continue Reading -->

Distributors

Distributors
Distributors

A distributor is the device in a vehicles ignition system which is responsible for routing high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plugs. This component plays such a critical role because it fires the spark plugs in the correct sequence which enables the engine to run smoother and more efficiently. Without the distributor, the vehicles spark plugs would not receive a spark and the engine would not turn over. Continue Reading -->

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