Oil Leak in Distributor May Cause Misfires/Loss of Power on Honda Accord

An oil leak inside the distributor can cause the engine to misfire resulting in a loss of power. It is common for the distributor to be replaced to correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 190,301 (62,271–291,228)
Engines affected: 2.2L 4 Cylinder, 2.7L V6
11 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001
33 people reported this problem
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problem details
1997 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 106,000 mi,
driving down the road and the power just cuts out and the car dies
1994 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 119,000 mi,
Engine looses power and backfires while driving at highway speeds, this is an intermitent occurance
1994 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 270,000 mi,
1994 Honda Accord LX, 4 Cylinder Symptoms: -Oil in distributor cap and all around outside of the old distributor. -Heavy steering -Low idle -Stalling at stop lights and on startup -Rough idle (pressing knee against steering wheel caused entire vehicle to shake). Solution: Replaced old distributor with new aftermarket distributor (~$85). -Power steering regained strength -Smoother idle and no apparent power loss when stopping -RPM needle doesn't budge when I turn on A/C (that's a first!)
1990 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 291,228 mi,
Car misfires was driving causing a loss of power and seem to momentarily stalls. Took it to the Honda Dealer and was told the reason for the misfires is an after market distributor and spark plug wires need changing. I have not replace the distributor yet but have placed an order for a new Honda distributor should arrive here on Thursday or Friday. I will update after repair and test drive.
1993 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 280,000 mi,
my distributor has been replaced twice due to oil in the cap and i have only had it two years
1997 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 198,000 mi,
Oil would leak from distributor area with noticeable power loss. Took the distributo off and found the source to be the distributor shaft seal. New seal can be purchased for around $15 and simple to replace. Bought new cap and rotor and the leak was fixed.
1990 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 142,000 mi,
Replace the O-ring inside the distributor before buying a whole new unit- it only cost a dollar and there is no longer oil leaking in my distributor, my car is running great!
1992 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 168,000 mi,
I had to replace the distributor to fix this.
1992 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 224,650 mi,
replace dist
1997 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 192,500 mi,
Disbutor is leaking oil
1992 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder
The car turns on but the engine it shakes to much
1994 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder
0il leaking from distributor
1996 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 220,000 mi,
I had a oil leak, which made it jump time and warp a head.I brought a new timing chain,and got my heads resurfaced, got a distributor, wires and plugs.Now the distributor is leaking like a water faucet. What can I do?
1997 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 290,000 mi,
Replaced Distributor.
1992 Honda Accord - 2.2L 4 Cylinder 62,271 mi,
Actually I had to replace the distributor three time. One case was a faulty part and the shop replaced it for free after taking the car to another shop to rope them in after they said everything was fine when the car was idling very rough. 62271- seal leaking, bought and replaced 64560- faulty distributor/ bad fuse/ replaced for free 100667- replaced distributor- Seal leaking again 150118- Replaced distributor- DIFFERENT SYMPTOM- Car running perfectly while driving then simply dies smoothly like when the car is turned off with a key. Last mechanic said the distributor is a weak link in this car.