I would remove valve cover and check lifters/shim clearence, inspect camshaft lobes for unusual wear.
Shim clearence on a cold engine should be.008 intake and.010 exhaust.
You can also check timing belt with cam cover off.
Rotate engine by hand to look at the entire timing belt.
Try a junk yard for a used distributor, 93 Prizm or Corolla.
Generally either the coil or ignitor can go bad in the dist.
Tuesday, January 12th, 2010 AT 6:53 AM