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    Registered robyw1's Avatar
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    If it were the ignitor then it wouldn't run at all.


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    jumped time?

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    Here is the NICB top ten list (in order of reported thefts):

    Toyota Camry
    Honda Accord
    Honda Civic
    Oldsmobile Cutlass
    Jeep Cherokee/Grand Cherokee
    Chevrolet Full-Size Pickup
    Toyota Corolla
    Ford Taurus
    Chevrolet Caprice
    Ford F-150 Pickup

  4. #14

    Re: Anyone Know Anything About Honda Cars?

    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.
    Mark, sounds like you may have crossed a plug wire ... check the firing order and your plug wire routing..

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    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

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    also did he replace the cap and rotor or just the rotor?

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    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.

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    Is it better cold or hot or the same know matter what ?

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    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.

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    Charter Member #34 Charter Member Dock Holiday's Avatar
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    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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