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1994 Honda Civic Question: car cut out wont start

 

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wsconton, Hampton, GA, April 25, 2009, 14:28
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not a fuel problem. changed distributor cap and rotor button. do you think it might be ignition control module? what else could be the fault?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, April 26, 2009, 10:31
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    Which engine do you have in your car? 1.5L 8valve, 16 valve or Vtec, or 1.6?
    Did you replace the distributor to fix the no start problem?
    The distributor houses the cam angle, tdc, and crank sensor, I wouldn't rule out a "bad" re manufactured distributor lots of bad quality re manufactured parts out there.
    Check the basics, crank the engine, the rotor spins?
    Ignition turned on you should have power at the ignition coil black/yellow wire. Did the new distributor come with a new ignition coil and ignition. The coils fail frequently, (short out), I've also replaced ignition modules. The computer in the car grounds the ignition igniter, I've seen some problems with the computer not triggering the igniter but replacing parts will become expensive without pin pointing the source of the problem.
    Tell me which engine you have, I'll tell you the specific tests.

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    patrick mannion, June 17, 2009, 17:47
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    Ignition coil failure is common, and rotor failure. Removing the ignition coil it is often possible to see where the spark has broken through the insulation of the coil. It looks like a pencil mark!

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    kickerball June 16, 2009, 16:39
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    My '93 honda did the same thing. It would turn over fine but wouldn't start. It was the ignition coil. I replaced it and it has been running great.

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