If it were the ignitor then it wouldn't run at all.
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Mark, sounds like you may have crossed a plug wire ... check the firing order and your plug wire routing..Originally posted by Dock Holiday
My son has a 1997 Honda Civic. It has about 130,000 miles on it and has been a good car.
It started to miss and run rough above 55 MPH last week. He found a problem with the rotor cap. The screw had come loose that holds it on the cam and it had wore pretty bad.
We assumed that was the problem and put a new rotor cap on. Still did the same thing.
This weekend he changed all the plugs and plug wires, changed the fuel filter and checked the timing.
Now it is WORSE, it idles VERY rough.
Double check plug wires to be sure not crossed, maybe timing belt is loose or jumped, not likely but who knows. Also some early ninties hondas had distributors themselves wear out, around the shaft so when it spins it throws off the spark a little, not sure if they still had that problem on 97's. Also make sure the valves are adjusted properly. just my .02, let us know
also did he replace the cap and rotor or just the rotor?
Most of the time if the igniter gos bad it won't run at all. But I have seen them run fine for a few minutes then start to run worse then cut off untill they cool off.
The other thing you want to check is coil output. When you had all the old stuff With wider gaps it had to increase the voltage to jump the gaps, now you have new stuff and the voltage wont be as high so if you have a weak coil it wont spark the plug as hot as you need.
Is it better cold or hot or the same know matter what ?
First check engine compression, you have to make
sure that the engine mechanical is o/k considering
you have already replaced all of the secondary ignition.
If it is o/k,then you have to ck injector pulse. Take
the wires off the injectors and install a noid light.
they all should pulse when cranking. You may have
to buy,or borrow the noid light, (no,you can't use a
test light) If it is all o/k,make sure the distributor
shaft isn't worn,The Hondas are notorious for bad
distributers. I don't think its going to be an igniter.
This usally causes a no start condition. Ck for a vacuum
leak between #2 & #3 manifold runners. Hondas have
had a problem with the intake gasket sucking in at that
area. Good luck. I can give you any spec info you need,
just P.M me. I check in at oso every night.
Last edited by epeek; 01-19-2004 at 09:30 PM.
Thanks everyone. Lots of good information and plenty for us to check out.
I will let you know what we find.
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