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Old 02-23-2014, 11:31 PM   #11
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^^^ Great description.
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Old 02-23-2014, 11:36 PM   #12
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do a compression test, super easy on a 4 cyl
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Good luck finding that "distributor and rotor", old dude. Maybe check the points and condenser while you're at it.
You can put all the smileys you want after a smart ass remark. I'll still block you.
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"MAF" cleaner is the spray can you need for cleaning the sensor in the air intake, might suffice for cleaning some of the crud out of the throttle body as well to keep it from sticking.

Cap & rotor has been replaced by a unified (double) coil assembly on yours who's top LOOKS like the cap of a distributor. You can remove it to look for cracking (anywhere on the coil but primarily on the hidden base) that's a sign it's starting to fail & the engine will start "missing" regularly - usually seen first at higher rpm. That & checking it's connector for signs of damage to the wires/electrical connectors is about all the maint. possible. Usually don't bother unless regular missing has become a problem.

Good to hear some basics have helped out.
Your description of the said "distributor" was more helpful than the post from our friend from Canada.

As well, I'll be headed off to get the cleaner and such to make sure there are no air issues but the car has the power it had when my Dad owned it.

If it matters, I would have never thought any car these days had a distributor but the fact that my 4Runner is electronic with all the old school set-up, minus the points.

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Sounds like it's back to normal, with any other work falling into the Maint. category.

BC's comment struck me wrong as well, since he's the best on wiring questions & gives a lot of help here I've gotta write if off as a joke that didn't come off well when typed. Didn't sound normal for him at all.

Four cylinder engines were the first to go direct ignition with coils & no distributor since only 2 coils were needed. Slow transition on other cylinder counts, more complex & expensive to change them over.
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