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distributor electrical connector problem

Postby chewy » Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:01 pm

Hello, I'm new here and I tried looking around for my problem but I can't seem to find it. I live in Ecuador and have a Korean twin of a 96 Rodeo with the 4ze1. My distributor went bad and I had a friend bring one from the states. The mechanic gets in there and finds out that the electrical connector on the old one is on the bottom and the new one is on the side. The electronics specialist says he can fix that but needs to know which of the copper connectors on the new one corresponds with the appropriate one on the old one. I have included a picture of the new one and the old one, and basically if someone can tell me which of the 4 connectors does what or which color goes where, then I can get Chewy back on the road again. Any help is much appreciated.

Oh yeah, if it helps, the new one is from cardone and is model #3128400

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Re: distributor electrical connector problem

Postby chewy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:51 pm

Turns out it's the wrong one all together. What I really needed was for an 88-91 even though it's a 96. I don't know how this happened but it did. so I got the right distributor but now the mechanic finds out it wasn't even the distributor. Pulled everything apart, check every wire there is, repaired a few, still doesn't work. His final statement was that it is the ECU.
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Re: distributor electrical connector problem

Postby itsmehb » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:19 pm

On the 2.6 engines there is an ignition module that works along with the distributer to produce the spark. It is located UNDER the lower intake toward the rear and is no fun to get to. This may be a place to look before you go to the ecu. Very few ecu's fail. The ecu will control the amount of advance the distributer provides according to the demands of the engine.
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Re: distributor electrical connector problem

Postby chewy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:27 pm

Thank you so much for that! I doubt the electrical mechanic knows about this. Does the intake manifold have to come off to get to it or should little hands to the trick? Thanks for your help! Also, if anyone has a picture of what this thing looks like installed so I can show it to the mechanic that would be really helpful. Thank you! :D
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Re: distributor electrical connector problem

Postby MarkB.NV » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:23 pm

I've been able to access the beast from under the truck, and through the fender well.
There is a flexible plastic skirt that you can pull off and gain some access.
I think I used longer extensions on either 1/4 or 3/8" socket/ratchet.
The bolts that hold the Igniter to the intake manifold are 6mm -which have 10mm heads.
So plan on using a 10mm socket and several extensions ...

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Re: distributor electrical connector problem

Postby chewy » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:21 pm

Thank you very much for this photo, this is valuable. I guess where the module is is the back of the unit, so it should be on the right side I guess. We will have a look when it's light out again. Thanks for your help :)
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