Intermittent Check Engine

Tiny
N2NY2219
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  • 1994 HONDA ACCORD
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
1994 honda accord. Engine light comes on with error code 9. Any ideas? When the engine light come on initially(intermittent, been gone for a week, then came back), sounds lik it's running out of gas. But once revved, although check engine light stays on, car runs fine.
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Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 9:35 PM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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The distributor is failing. The pick-up coils are either falling apart or the distributor bearing is failing.

Check for loose wire connections at distributor first.
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Monday, December 6th, 2010 AT 9:43 PM
Tiny
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Hi. Thanks for the prompt reply. I actually had just changed the Distributor June of this year. This was because my valve cover gasket had given out, and for some reason, the mech said the distributor also got affected, along with my ECU. Anyway, changed ECU, valve cover gasket, spark plugs, wires.

About half a month ago, I had to replace my valve cover gasket again, this time with a more reliable mechanic. You still think it's the Distributor? I was reading something about faulty sensor. Just had to confirm. Not doubting you. Thanks
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 12:00 AM
Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Code 9 is a fault with the Cylinder Position sensor and this is located inside the distributor.

I don't see how a faulty valve cover gasket can affect the distributor. They are not related in anyway.

When changing the valve cover gaskets, the valve cover bushes have to be replaced as they tend to harden over time and this would not provide the required compression on the valve cover gasket resulting in it leaking. If the leakage is only at the corners of the valve cover, near the cam carrier cap, it means sealant had not been applied. Those area would be easier to leak and shop manual procedures requires sealant to be applied.
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 AT 12:37 PM

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