In basketball, a point guard is tasked to bring down the ball and create plays for his teammates. Prototypical point guards like Bob Cousy, John Stockton, and Isaiah Thomas specialize in distributing the ball. Without proper ball distribution, the whole offense will go astray. Your Ignition Distributor takes on a similar role for your car, except that instead of distributing a ball, it distributes electricity.
The distributor is an integral part of the ignition system. Its main function is to distribute high-voltage electricity to its cylinders at an appropriate time. It is composed of a cap and a rotor, both of which have significant roles in the distribution process. As the rotor spins through a succession of contacts, a high-voltage pulse is released from the ignition coil. The pulse then passes through the cylinders on its way to the spark plugs, as well as other electrical accessories.
Since the distributor is constantly exposed to high-voltage electricity, it tends to wear out if it isn't maintained properly. When this occurs, it will result in high-voltage misfires, which will cause the whole ignition system to go haywire. It doesn't matter if you have excellent ignition parts because with a second rate distributor, your electrical components won't receive electricity. To make sure that all your electronic parts get their needed voltages, make sure that the Ignition Distributor is always at the top of its game.