Had a crap day - it was meant to be simple - take the Boxster to the
lockup and swap it for the Alfa 75.
Strangely, the Alfa wouldn't fire, which is unusual, as it *always*
fires up, no matter how long it has been sitting in the lockup.
(Sometimes needs a booster box, but that's all)
So, I pulled the primary distributor cap and removed the rotor arm to
check it out - promptly, the 't' bit of the brass track fell off. So
that'll be why it wasn't firing!
Thought - no problem, I can get one at Halfords. Only you can't, they no
longer carry distributor caps or rotor arms in the stores, they have to
be ordered in.
The same result was had at another, small local chain of motor factors.
Thought it wouldn't be too much of an issue, as the arm is a standard
Bosch part, used on loads of cars in the 80s / 90s and probably into the
To make matters worse, I took the cap off the secondary distributor,
with the aim that I could get home using the arm from that. Only it's
glued on and broke in two when I tried to lever it off.
So, I now have a car that won't fire and no rotor arms. Might try my
local mechanic in the morning to see if he can help - he was due to get
the car this week for some other jobs (engine and gearbox mounts, water
pump) - if all else fails, I suppose I can call the AA and get it towed
Anyway - any ideas for getting the remains of the rotor arm off -
without power tools? (no electric at the lockup and I don't have a
cordless Dremel type thing)