3B distributor rotor options

Geraint Lloyd geraintlloyd_qc at yahoo.ca
Tue Jan 9 14:35:54 EST 2007

I believe that he is thinking about toasted ballast resistors in the
rotor arms.
not exactly unusual with Bosch electronic ignition although maybe more
common with the Hall sender/transistor pack as opposed to ECU controlled


Bernie Benz wrote:
> Why would you think that the brand of the rotor might make a difference?
> Even the wider tipped rotor will work in a stock 3B, chipped needs the
> narrow tip to eliminate crossfire possibility. The wider tip is easily
> narrowed, so any replacement can be made to work for any condition.
> Personally, I have never had a need to replace a rotor or cap on any 20V I5.
> Bernie
>> From: "brady zq" <bradyzq at hotmail.com>
>> Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 16:02:44  0000
>> To: 200q20v at audifans.com
>> Subject: 3B distributor rotor options
>> Hi All,
>> When going over my barge (200qa20v) recently, I saw that I needed a new
>> rotor. And since I live in Canada, where we never got the 3B, I was ready
>> for quite a search for the correct one. As Scott Mockry warns, the generic
>> 10V rotor which is mentioned in ETKA and elsewhere is incorrect for the 3B,
>> even though it cross-references in all the parts catalogs.
>> My options were a special order from Germany, a trip to the dealer (who
>> wouldn't have one in stock), or the Beru equivalent rotor. The Beru has the
>> correct narrow 11mm tip and is the generic I5 rotor in their catalog.
>> I'm using one now. It was cheap, and the car is running well.
>> Am I inviting disaster? Or is this a cheap and correct alternative to the
>> hard to find Bosch rotor?
>> Does anyone else have experience with these rotors?
>> Cheers,
>> Brady
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