Ignition Timing Inspection
Connector the Honda Diagnostic System (HDS) to the date link connector (DLC) (see step 2 on GENERAL TROUBLESHOOTING INFORMATION ), and check for DTC's. If a DTC is present, diagnose and repair the cause before inspecting the ignition timing.
Start the engine. Hold the engine at 3,000 rpm with no load in N or P (A/T, CVT) or neutral (M/T) until the radiator fan comes on, then let it idle.
Check the idle speed (see IDLE SPEED INSPECTION ).
Follow the tester's prompts to get the tester in the "SCS" mode (see the operator's manual).
Remove the ignition coil cover, then connect the timing light to the No. 1 ignition coil wire.
Fig. 3: Removing Ignition Coil Cover
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Aim the light toward the pointers (A) on the timing belt cover. Check the ignition timing under no load conditions: headlights, blower fan, rear window defogger, and air conditioner off.
M/T: 8 +/-2 BTDC (RED mark (B)) at idle in neutral
A/T, CVT: 8 +/-2 BTDC (RED mark (B)) at idle in P or N