Just take the cap off and either solder it or re-wire it with a new wire, pin (for the connector), and blade terminal.
Don't need to cut any rubber anywhere (which could compromise the waterproofness of the distributor and lead to failure)
2000 Silver Frontier, SE 4x4 V6 Crew Cab (5spd) - 288xxx km and counting
That's exactly what I did with a similar happening on my old Mazda truck. It turned out on mine that the "thing" was simply a radio static suppressor. Have you identified what that is on yours?
I'm fairly certain that is what that part does, eliminates electrical "noise". The D-21s had them on the wiring to the alternator, I broke one once and used a part out of a chevy points rebuild kit to replace it.
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