Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Distributor gear is missing teeth

asked by on

If my distributor gear is missing teeth, do I need to replace them?

A: The teeth themselves cannot be replaced on ...

The teeth themselves cannot be replaced on a distributor. If the teeth are missing the whole distributor will need to be replaced. It is also a good idea to have your spark plugs and wires replaced at the same time. Ensure that this job is performed by a professional to avoid the ignition timing from being out of specification. If this issue is not repaired, the engine may not run smoothly and could potentially cause permanent damage to the engine.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Gear shift stuck in Park

It sounds like you have a broken or unattached shift cable going from the shifter to the transmission. Replacement of this cable would require console removal, and raising the vehicle; the job is quite intensive. An investigation of your car's...

Q: Car not starting due to possible battery issues.

Many different problems, including the battery, can prevent a vehicle from starting. If the vehicle does not start and does not crank, suspect a problem with the charging/starting system. If you are uncertain as to the cause of your vehicle...

Q: Distributor timing is off.

I would have YourMechanic come out and adjust the timing. They will have a timing light and knowledge of setting the timing order of your car.

Related articles

How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.