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    what is solid-state distributor?

    It appeared in the description of car's power unit.

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    Re: what is solid-state distributor?

    Quote Originally Posted by njt2009 View Post
    It appeared in the description of car's power unit.
    http://www.jeepbumpers.com/images/pr...x/17239_01.jpg

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    Re: what is solid-state distributor?

    What's that? What does it use for?

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    Re: what is solid-state distributor?

    Quote Originally Posted by njt2009 View Post
    What's that? What does it use for?
    A distributor is the part of the car's engine that distributes the electric charge from the battery to the spark plugs in a regular coordinated order, so that the car runs smoothly. The pictured one looks like a distributor for a four-cylinder car.
    A normal distributor has a lot of moving parts - rings, brushes, etc. "Solid state" suggests to me that this particular distributor has fewer moving parts. Perhaps it uses silicon chips rather than metal brushes that hit rotating contact points. But I'm not a mechanic or a physicist, so this last bit is a guess.

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