Won't start

Tiny
BIGAL70
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 20,500 MILES
Hello,
I have a 1995 Honda civic with 205,000 miles. It died while accelerating from a stoplight after a bog cond. I have maintained the car its entire life. Timing belts done regularly, etc. I have spent 2 days during diagnostics and here is what I have. I have spark, I ohmed out the Dist which checked ok, but I replaced anyway just in case. I have good blue spark at all 4 plugs. I have fuel and fuel pressure. I removed the fuel rail with the 4 injectors and cranked the engine over, got a pulse of fuel from all 4 injectors. I reset timing and valve clearances. I have 150 PSI compression in all 4 holes. I have no codes stored in the computer and even hung test a known good computer. The Map sensor voltages are good. The main tested good on the bench and I get all 3 clicks when I am supposed. I tested the ignition switch and it tested good. I tried starting fluid and did not even get a try. New plugs, wires and cap just for good measure. I am stumped, any ideas.
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Sunday, November 15th, 2009 AT 2:55 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there BigAl70 and TY for the donation

Remove the distributor cap and crank engine over engine over is the rotor turn-sounds like the valve and ignition timing is off-You got spark, fuel and good compression all you need now is the proper firing sequence.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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Yes, Rotor is turning, I checked cam timing, I replaced the timing belt and tensioner about 20k ago. When I put the new dist in, I did it with 1 at TDC. I even rechecked to make sure that I was not 180 out.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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Well thanks for the help, turned out to be a compund problem. The fuel pressure regulator was bad, would not hold pressure in the rail, bleed off to 15 psi over a 1 second. A new dist tributor rotor turned out to be shorting out inside the cap. As long as the plug as on the valve cover without compression against it, there was spark. The minute the plug went in the hole, no spark! I have seen this before but the spark was so strong testing it that I did not look that hard at it.
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2021 AT 11:50 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the follow up. That is great information. Here are a number of guides that will help others with figuring out if they have the same issue:

https://youtu.be/dCjmRL3p4Cs

We will need to check the pressure so here is a guide for that:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

If this proves out to be a pump issue then here is a guide that will help with replacing this:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-electric-fuel-pump

Below you will find the process from the manual that will give the remaining detail on this.

Please let us know what questions you have. Thanks
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Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 AT 6:39 PM

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