Q: Car broke down after installing distributor.

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I put in a new distributor. The car ran for 15 minutes and then broke down. Do I need my timing fixed?

If the vehicle ran good with no issues after the installation, I would suspect a defective part or improper installation. Your timing belt could be broken. A way to know would be to open the distributor cap and see if the rotor turns when the engine is cranking. If it doesn’t, the timing belt is broken. A trained technician, such as one from YourMechanic can easily help you with this issue.

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