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    Hello Everyone,

    So the other day I took my 97 Civic to Firestone to get a wheel alignment after I installed brand new tires and wheels.

    Anyway, part of their thing is that they check your car for recommended fixes....so the guy comes out with a list of things that will cost me 500 bucks if they did it for me. Of course I know that this is all BS, and it would cost me alot less if I changed it myself. I scanned the list they gave me:



    Anyway, as you can see, one of them is the distributor cap. So I was looking in Autozone, and saw this:

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...entId=cat30070

    I am not exactly sure what this is, or if really does help performance and so on?? Is it worth paying the extra 20 bucks to get this performance distributor and rotor??

    And what is the platinum plug thing on the list??

    Thanks
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    Hello Everyone,

    So the other day I took my 97 Civic to Firestone to get a wheel alignment after I installed brand new tires and wheels.

    Anyway, part of their thing is that they check your car for recommended fixes....so the guy comes out with a list of things that will cost me 500 bucks if they did it for me. Of course I know that this is all BS, and it would cost me alot less if I changed it myself. I scanned the list they gave me:



    Anyway, as you can see, one of them is the distributor cap. So I was looking in Autozone, and saw this:

    http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...entId=cat30070

    I am not exactly sure what this is, or if really does help performance and so on?? Is it worth paying the extra 20 bucks to get this performance distributor and rotor??

    And what is the platinum plug thing on the list??


    Thanks
    a distributor cap and rotor arm essentially distribute the electrical charge to each of your spark plugs in the correct order. the rotor arm spins and has an electrode on the end. The Dizzy cap has a terminal for each spark plug and as the rotor arm hits that terminal, the charge goes through the plug. These terminals become worn with time. it's a cheap fix, doesnt generaly improver performance but when worn can be the cause of misfires etc. It's an easy job and worth doing every so often - I tend to do mine every 20k or so depending and even that's a bit overkill.

    The platinum plugs are spark plugs. where was this? the prices are mad. £80 to provide and fit a dizzy cap? it's a 10 minute job!

    ignition leads are about £30-50 a set nowhere near £98! those prices are beyond beleif. £40 to replace the leads, charged seperately than the rotor/diz cap is a joke! It takes 5 minutes. I really do feel for people who end up actually paying these prices!! Would have loved to have been given that quote:laugh:

    As a guide, an mg specialist near me will charge no more than an hour's labour to fit a new distributor cap, rotor arm, spark plugs, and leads. I did all of the above on my MGF when it failled it's MOT, spark plugs were £22, Dist cap and rotor arm iirc were about £18 the pair, leads were £35 from a main stealer or there abouts. fitted at home but say £50 labour, that's £125 all in, for what those people are charging £321 for!
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    (Original post by jaw)
    a distributor cap and rotor arm essentially distribute the electrical charge to each of your spark plugs in the correct order. the rotor arm spins and has an electrode on the end. The Dizzy cap has a terminal for each spark plug and as the rotor arm hits that terminal, the charge goes through the plug. These terminals become worn with time. it's a cheap fix, doesnt generaly improver performance but when worn can be the cause of misfires etc. It's an easy job and worth doing every so often.

    £56 for a dizzy cap is atroucious. The platinum plugs are spark plugs. where was this? the prices are mad. £24 to fit a dizzy cap? it's a 10 minute job!

    ignition leads are about £30-50 a set nowhere near £98! those prices are beyond beleif. £40 to replace the leads, charged seperately than the rotor/diz cap! It takes 5 minutes! I really do feel for people who end up actually paying these prices!!
    Think those prices are in dollars, don't think OP is based in the UK!
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    (Original post by tomc87)
    Think those prices are in dollars, don't think OP is based in the UK!
    ahhhhh that'd explain it :rofl: not AS bad if thats the case..
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    (Original post by jaw)
    ahhhhh that'd explain it :rofl: not AS bad if thats the case..
    LOL, but the prices are still high compared to doing it myself!!!
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    (Original post by jaw)
    a distributor cap and rotor arm essentially distribute the electrical charge to each of your spark plugs in the correct order. the rotor arm spins and has an electrode on the end. The Dizzy cap has a terminal for each spark plug and as the rotor arm hits that terminal, the charge goes through the plug. These terminals become worn with time. it's a cheap fix, doesnt generaly improver performance but when worn can be the cause of misfires etc. It's an easy job and worth doing every so often - I tend to do mine every 20k or so depending and even that's a bit overkill.

    The platinum plugs are spark plugs. where was this? the prices are mad. £80 to provide and fit a dizzy cap? it's a 10 minute job!

    ignition leads are about £30-50 a set nowhere near £98! those prices are beyond beleif. £40 to replace the leads, charged seperately than the rotor/diz cap is a joke! It takes 5 minutes. I really do feel for people who end up actually paying these prices!! Would have loved to have been given that quote:laugh:

    As a guide, an mg specialist near me will charge no more than an hour's labour to fit a new distributor cap, rotor arm, spark plugs, and leads. I did all of the above on my MGF when it failled it's MOT, spark plugs were £22, Dist cap and rotor arm iirc were about £18 the pair, leads were £35 from a main stealer or there abouts. fitted at home but say £50 labour, that's £125 all in, for what those people are charging £321 for!
    I know its not a hard thing to do, and I didn't even ask them to do a check, but I guess thats how they make their money. If I would have said yes, and let them do the fixes, they would have made alot of money from me!

    So your saying I should just get the normal distributor cap and rotor, and nothing thats MG or what have you??? The difference between the normal one and the "performance" one is about 15 bucks, is it worth spending the extra 15 bucks for the performance distributor cap and rotor???

    Thanks alot
 
 
 
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