Quick Tips in Buying a Distributor Cap and Rotor
Since you can't ask your car how it's doing, the gauges and the warning lights on your instrument cluster (also known as the dashboard) will do the talking. As you know, the various gauges and lights provide very useful data to motorists. You want know if you're low on gas? Check the fuel gauge. If there's an electrical problem in your vehicle, a warning light will start flashing. Basically, the instrument cluster is your car's information hub. However, there may come a time when the instrument cluster won't be as useful anymore-it might stop giving you the status updates that you need. But mind you, the instrument cluster didn't stop doing its job-you just can't see it doing its job (especially at night). The likely reason why the instrument cluster has ceased warning you or the like is because some of its bulbs are broken. It isn't a big problem though as you can always replace the instrument cluster bulbs.
Restyle Your Instrument Cluster
Replacing your broken bulbs isn't so bad as you can use this as an opportunity to customize the lights in your instrument cluster. There are several colors available; in fact, you can even go for LED lights. If you want to give your instrument cluster a
high-tech look, then do so by all means. But before you get all excited about stylizing your instrument cluster, we've got several pointers for you.
First Things First: Voltage, Amperage, and Size
Voltage, amperage, and size should your primary considerations when buying replacement instrument cluster bulbs. You won't want to overload the electrical systems in your car after all. You'll also want the bulbs to fit, of course. So before you choose fancy bulbs or whatnot, make sure that they have the same specifications as your old bulbs.
Go For OEM Bulbs
Since you'll want instrument cluster bulbs that have the same voltage, amperage, and size as your old ones, OEM replacements are perfect. They feature the same specifications as your old bulbs, thus giving you no problems upon installation. Don't worry though as OEM bulbs are still available in different colors-you can still personalize your instrument cluster.
Instrument cluster bulbs are priced around $5-$15 apiece.
How to Replace the Distributor Cap and Rotor in a Mitsubishi Mirage
If your beloved Mitsubishi Mirage is experiencing difficulty in starting, a faulty cap and rotor may be behind it. Those two ignitions system components distribute energy to the various cylinders in your car. Because of their role, your vehicle won't be able to function properly if they aren't in good condition.
Note: Even though your distributor cap and rotor are still in great shape, it's ideal to replace them every three to four years as doing so will greatly improve your Mirage's torque.
Before anything else, we'll guide you on how to confirm if you do have a bad distributor cap and rotor.
Step 1: Pop the hood and locate the distributor cap. Inspect it for any damage, cracks, or any discoloration. All of those are signs of a bad distributor cap.
Step 2: Start the engine. If you heard abnormal clicking noises, then your cap does need a replacement.
Step 3: Not hearing clicking noises doesn't necessarily mean that you're now out of the woods. Park your Mirage in a shaded area and leave the engine on. Again, pop the hood and look for any sparks. A spark is another sign that you need a new cap.
Step 4: It's time to look at your rotor. Turn the engine off, let it cool for a bit, and unscrew the distributor cap. If there are cracks, damage, rust, or streaks of carbon, then you'll have to replace both the cap and the rotor.
Now that you're sure, go purchase a brand-new distributor cap and rotor. Once you've got them, follow the steps below on how to install them in your Mirage.
Step 1: Park your Mirage on a level surface.
Step 2: Pop the hood and find the distributor cap. Move each spark plug wire towards the cap so that you won't forget which spark plug wires go where later on.
Step 3: Start unscrewing the distributor cap. There should be two screws holding it in its place.
Step 4: You'll be able to see the rotor once you've taken the cap off. Take note of the rotor's exact position before removing it.
Step 5: Once the old rotor is out of the way, install the new one in its place. Make sure to put it in the exact position as the old one.
Step 6: Get your new distributor cap. You know where to put it, of course. Secure it by using the screws you took out earlier.
Step 7: Check if all spark plug wires are in their respective places.