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1998 Sportster Distributor question

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I am having problems with cold starts. There is plenty of gas, not a fuel problem. Choke is fine. No spark. I replaced the plug wires, coil, cap and rotor. Tonight I will replace the ignition module. However, I was talking with a mechanic friend about my problem. He said chevy had a problem with the magnetic pickup sometime ago. The magnet would get weak when it was cold and not allow the ignition module to send the signal. So, a customer would call in the morning to have their vehicle towed and when the mechanic would look at it hours later, when it was warm, the car would start. SO my questions is this, has anyone ever changed the magnetic pickup coil? If so, how do I find what year chevy and model did Malibu use. Do you have to take the distributo out? I have a 1998 Sportster LX with the 310 hp Vortec Indmar with a carb. It has the HEI distributor with external coil.

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Update. Found out you have to pull the distributor to replace the magnetic pickup. Not a big deal. I found the part for $15, so I will just replace it while I am replacing the ignition module. That will make all ignition parts new.

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