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Used BMW Distributors

All used BMW Distributors listed on are tested, original (OEM) manufacturer parts and come with a 14 day money back guarantee. list cheap new OES or aftermarket car parts at discounted prices and used OEM car parts up to 80% cheaper than main dealer prices for BMW from premium breaker yards from across the UK.

About Distributors

The engine is the power machine of a car, literally converting energy, in the form of fuel, into movement, and is known as an internal combustion engine. The engine is made up of several components that all work together to enable combustion to occur and in turn the car to move. 

The BMW distributor has an important part to play in this process, helping to ensure that the voltage – needed in the spark plugs in order for ignition to occur – is delivered from the ignition coil to the spark plugs in synch with the firing order of the pistons. In some cases the distributor also powers the oil pump. The distributor is crucial to engine performance. 

Usually the distributor is powered by a gear on the camshaft or joined to the camshaft. A distributor is made up of a distributor shaft along with a rotor contained within the distributor cap. The rotor rotates within the distributor cap and is joined to the ignition coil. Within the distributor cap there are a collection of contacts. As the rotor spins around inside the distributor cap, without coming into direct contact with the contacts, it reacts with each contact as it passes them. This connection between the rotor and the contacts causes a high voltage electrical burst in the ignition coil. This burst or pulse of energy arcs across the space between the rotor and the contact, reaching the spark plug wire it travels along this to the spark plug on the cylinder, enabling ignition.

It is not unusual for the cap and rotor to eventually wear out on the distributor. When replacing this part it is important to get a compatible replacement that will work well with your vehicle. Specifically manufactured for the make and model of your car, the BMW distributor is the ideal choice, giving you a part that will install properly, perform well and last longer.

BMW trivia

  • Everyone knows what the BMW logo looks like, but do you know what it represents? Most people think it's inspired by propellers (because of BMW's aviation history), but it's really just the same colour scheme as the Bavarian flag and was designed to showcase Bavaria.
  • It might not be the accessory that everyone needs, but for BMW drivers in South Africa who were worried about carjackers, the 'Blaster' was a flamethrower that shot huge flames from either side of the car. Not currently available in the UK…
  • The main headquarters for BMW in Munich is designed and shaped to look like car parts. There was a whole new 'four-cylinder' building added on in 1973, and there's definitely the look of an engine about the architecture.
  • One of the reasons older BMWs keep their value is because it's easy to get spare parts for even the oldest models. That's because BMW has carried on making car parts, even for cars that were built in WWII.
  • The BMW M1 has a classic look, so it's no surprise that its designer also came up with some other amazing car designs. Giorgetto Giugiaro is also responsible for the DeLorean, the Beretta U22 Neos handgun, and the Nikon D4 camera! Although, he also designed the Yugo, commonly called the worst car that's ever been made.