Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2005 21:14:15 +0000 (UTC)
From: Craig's Saab C900 Site <>
Subject: Re: Follow up on "A very annoying problem"

"Charles C." <> writes: >The distributor cap has a piece of carbon (with a spring behind it) >which presses onto the distributor arm. The carbon brush wears and you >get the sooty material. >You said (in your previous message) you replaced the plug leads you >should replace the cap and the rotor arm. Whilst you are at it, when >were the conventional points replaced. I seem to remember me replacing >them (the points) every couple of years. For the work that was involved >it was not worth reseting the old ones ... which always got pitted and >thus could not be set accurately. >I think you should replace all 3 components. They are cheap enough. Agreed. Something I noticed the other day when I replaced the cylinder head cover in my 8V NA car was that the mechanical advance in the distributor (1983 900S - no hall-effect in our C900's until 1985 apparently) doesn't do anything. The Bentley manual says something like 'turn the rotor 1/8 of a turn and it should spring back'. Good in theory, but nothing like that happened. I didn't try to test the vacuum advance as I don't have a vacuum pump, but the whole distributor is going soon when I convert the car from points ignition to hall-effect. I've got a new hall-effect distributor coming, and already have everything else I need. Craig. -- Craig's Saab C900 Page --> http://nospam/~c900 Sydney, NSW Australia Craig's Saab C900 Workshop -- For all Saab C900 Enthusiasts world-wide! http://www.nospam Come and explore our site, and check out our web-forums, mailing list, etc.

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