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Q: My Ford cortina has just cut off while driving and I suspect my points because there is no spark

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My Ford cortina has just cut off while driving and I suspect the points and condenser

My car has 89000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

A: Hi there. On older Ford’s, experiencing ign...

Hi there. On older Ford’s, experiencing ignition problems like you’re describing is commonly caused by distributor points that are worn out, a cracked distributor cap or the rotor that is worn out. I’d recommend replacing the entire set, (cap, rotor and points) first to see if that clears things up. If not, the next step would be to check your ignition coil, spark plug wires and the plugs themselves.

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