Will a 1980 AMC Distributor fit a 1999 Gr. Cherokee w/ 4.0L engine


Asked by May 31, 2017 at 09:40 PM about the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Would like to find a "points type" distributor for my 1999 Gr. Cherokee 4.0L.

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No way that is gong to happen, the computer controls the ignition advance comparing engine rpm, crank and cam sensor readings, throttle angle, engine temp, there is no way to use a point type distributor in your Jeep and keep it everything else intact.


Points type distributor?? Why??


Just in case all the electronics was "fried" by an EMP, or something similar.....?


Got news for you, even those will not run after a pluse of that size, you will need to wrap a replacement set of points and condensers in foil and them put them in a small metal case that is lead lined, only then can you be sure that the condenser doesn't get a hit.


Scientist vary in their thinking about what exactly would be damaged by an EMP. If there was serious damage fuel would be unavailable due to the computers that control the gas pumps, fuel could not be delivered and you could not pay for anything. Cars are a pretty good faraday cage and it is possible that not much damage would result during an EMP. Something that is probably not worth worrying about. An asteroid strike might be more probable and more of a concern.


Thanks for your views, Bob.You may be right about the Solar Flares also, but I have the Jeep, Thought an early intake/carb,, distributor, electric fuel pump, etc. would be a viable option. The computer controls everything now, but a few switches can by-pass all that. Thanks again, Bob.

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