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I agree with GLHS60, this sounds a lot like the Hall. It's easy enough to replace that you don't need to take it to a mechanic, either. For reference, the distributor is the lump in the middle of the front of the engine with the wires coming out of the top of it. There are two small bolts that hold the black plastic distributor shield on, and then two Phillips-head screws which hold the distributor cap on (the piece of plastic underneath the shield with the wires coming out of it). Then pull straight up on the distributor rotor (the piece in the middle underneath the cap, it might be wise to replace this while you're at it, since the rotor wears out very quickly on these engines and can leave you stranded), lift up the black plastic bit underneath (which is the Hall itself), unplug the wire connector, and then simply reverse the procedure to reinstall. In a nutshell, the Hall tells the engine where it is in its rotation cycle. This allows the engine computer to open the fuel injector and trigger the ignition system at the right time.
The oil issue could be a variety of things, from wiring to an issue with the engine itself. It should be checked out with a pressure gauge to verify that the engine is actually putting out the proper oil pressure as soon as possible.
By the way, don't think that, because the Hall is a repair, you can't do it yourself. I find a lot of people, women especially, tend to be intimidated by auto repairs, even if they're very easy repairs to do, because it's "man work". There is absolutely no reason that a woman can't be just as good a mechanic as a man. The hardest parts of auto repair are diagnosis and learning the terminology. The actual repair could be conceptually as simple as plugging in an electric light and turning a couple of screws. So give it a shot yourself, you never know, this could be the start of a new hobby!
 
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