1994 Honda Civic erratical Idle and no loose power

Tiny
KENETTE
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  • 1994 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 185,000 MILES
I currently replaced the distributor seal on my 94 honda civic dx.5 liter and it was running fine before I replace it.I thought I did it right because I went by the book (Haynes Manual).I mean, I got it start right up but as soon as you put it in gear there is no power and it sounded like its gonna stall.I couldn't even get it roll.
What is the easiest way to locate the TDC? And what is the setting of the ditributor before you put it in. Does the rotor should face the #1 hytension wire.
One more thing, I cleaned the Intake manifold and the TB with the TB and Intake manifold cleaner and now its been idling rough since then.


Already Tried:
I've replaced the TB with all the sensors and the fuel injectors, fuel filters. But it still have a roughly idle.
And the distributor, I even took the valve cover to make sure im on the compression stroke and I even stuck a long screw driver in the #i cylinder to feel that the cylinder is going up but I must be doing something wrong.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 AT 2:19 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi kenette,

Did you check the ignition timing?

Is the Check engine light showing?
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 AT 11:32 AM
Tiny
KENETTE
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First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your support and guidance.
No, I haven't checked the ignition timing due to the fact that I don't have a timing gun and dont know how to use one.I tried to timing it by adjusting the distributor back and forth hoping I get the right setting. Unfortunately, I couldn't get it right.
The Idle, Its still unstable but there is no check engine light. If I put it in gear it seems to stabilize it a little but the idle is to high and I could hear and feel the incontinuous flow of the fuel in the system.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2008 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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Hi Kenneth,

Try installing the distributor holding bolts as close as possible to the original marks.

If you want to adjust the distributor by twisting it forth and reverse, you need to bridge the SCS to stop the ECM from compensating the idling speed.

I believe you can rent the timing light from your local Autozone outlet.
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Thursday, August 28th, 2008 AT 8:32 AM
Tiny
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What did you mean by bridging the SCS. Are you talking about the wire underneath the passenger side firewall that needs be jumper?
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Thursday, August 28th, 2008 AT 1:22 PM
Tiny
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Yes. But a timing light is a must to get the correct ignition timing.
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Thursday, August 28th, 2008 AT 6:59 PM

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