AX sssstuttering on acceleration

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AX sssstuttering on acceleration

Post by PeterC. » 25 Jul 2002, 19:08

Not only do I have a Xantia but also an AX Debut, with 1.0 litre engine, 60,000 miles. It’s a L reg, as far as I can remember. Seems to eat distributor caps which after a short time results in hesitant acceleration. ie. it dies momenterily - usually when you ’re pulling away at junction or (perish the thought) overtaking. It’s a very well looked after car, always been serviced on time. Everything else has been checked (main dealer tests) and is ok. New HT leads, plugs. I suspect some unusual wear on the distributor itself (although it doesn‘t feel worn - ie. no wear evident if you wiggle it). Replacing the cap and rotor arm fixes it for a while but the cap terminals seems to wear unevenly.
Has anyone else had AX distributer problems? Unfortunately a new distibutor seems to be nearly £200. Genuine Citroen cap seems to wear better than Halford’s version, but is more expensive.

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Post by alan s » 25 Jul 2002, 19:23

FWIW, if you fit a timing light to the car and take it to slghtly above a fast idle, check as to where the light & pointer are staying. If they fluctuate wildly, then the bushes are worn in the distributor shaft.
Possibly something to file under "useless information" but may just save you a dizzy cap or three<img src=icon_smile_evil.gif border=0 align=middle>
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