Socket Set: Maintaining your car’s ignition system | Hagerty UK

Distributor Cap

If you own a classic made much before 1980, the likelihood is that it’ll have an old-school ignition system rather than an electronic one. Before electronic solid-state ignition systems, there was a much more elegant, if more troublesome mechanical system consisting of a distributor, contact breaker points, rotor arm and condenser. This collection of bits and pieces is often one of the very first ports of call if your classic car’s engine is misbehaving, so a little preventative maintenance will go a long way to keeping your pride and joy running like the well-oiled machine we all hope for.

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