1997 Honda Accord My engine doesn't start?

Tiny
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  • 1997 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 180,000 MILES
I was driving to the dealership to get my cars oil changed and a heating belt replaced, I parked my car got out signed it in and when the mechanic came out it wouldn't start. It turns over wants to start but their is no spark. After the mechanic inspect in he said spark plugs have oil in them and needed the seals to be replaced. SO after spark plugs, seals, and wires replaced car still won't start. I have never had a problem with it starting before, and I even started it twice and drove it twice the day the problem developed and was wondering what could be up so I can stop spending meaningless money?
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:01 PM

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Tiny
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I dont want to tell you to pitch parts at it but if I get a honda with no spark I replace the distributor and 99 percent of the time thats what it is. Hope this helps
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:07 PM
Tiny
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Okay does oil in the spark plugs tubes affect its spark?
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:12 PM
Tiny
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In the long run it will cause a misfire on a cylinder but it will not cause your no start condition, I hate to say it but it shows lack of experience thinking that was the problem.
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:15 PM
Tiny
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Thank you I figured as much when the dealer was asking me questions. Okay One last question. I did put in after market spark plugs wires could that have influenced the failure of the distributor. Thank you for your replies
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:18 PM
Tiny
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No. I have never installed original wires on these cars. These distributors fail. Fairly common. Usually you can remove the dist cap and the rotor shaft will be loose in the distributor.(The bushings wear out inside distributor housing)
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 AT 5:23 PM
Tiny
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Okay. Replaced all of that stuff and still no turn over. Could it be the battery any suggestions?
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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Timing belt ok? Still no spark?
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Thursday, March 13th, 2008 AT 4:40 PM
Tiny
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How do I check that? Isn't the Timing belt internal
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Friday, March 14th, 2008 AT 12:10 PM
Tiny
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A compression check will tell if timing belt is ok or you can remove the upper timing cover and look at it. To check for spark just remove one of the plug wires and rest it near metal on engine then crank it over, look to see if you see sparks.
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Friday, March 14th, 2008 AT 5:01 PM
Tiny
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It turned out my cars problem was the ECM. I bought a used one for my car that came from a car that is the same year as mine as well as transmission. Numbers also match on the actual ECM. But every once in a while while driving the check engine light comes on and the car mis-fires or seems to not run on all cylinders. How can I fix this? Do I need to buy a BRAND new ECM or what can I do to solve my final problem? Thank you
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Friday, April 11th, 2008 AT 11:48 PM

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