1995 Honda Civic Car jooks.

Tiny
CIVICSI
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
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  • 98,000 MILES
Hey! Great site! Alright, so: I recently had some problems with the car. It pulls back (like, I step on the gas, it goes, but there's like pauses in between and the car pulls back and the rpm goes loww). I took it for tune up, so far we changed filters, plugs, cables, etc. My mechanic did a light test and the check engine light flashed 4 times. The computer said its the Distributor?. I dunno, what else could it be? ALSO, the car shuts off sometimes at the red lights. And I cannot take it on the higway cause it stalls.? Any suggestions.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 6:06 PM

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Tiny
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Last major tune-up?

Could be a problem with the ignition spark timing controls-due to out of timing-for the stalling could be an idle air control valve/speed controller, throttle position sensor and the exhaust gas recirculation syste.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 6:13 PM
Tiny
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Hey Bud. Thanks a lot for the reply. Well.

Two days ago I had the catalytic converted changed, with no luck. So, nothing with the exhuast system. But the other stuff you mentioned sounds good to me. My mechanic today said something about changing the Distributor. Also, when he did the check engine test light it read: 4 Blinks which corresponds to "crank position sensor". What could that be?
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 6:40 PM
Tiny
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The crankshaft position sensor's job is to tell the computer where the positions of the pistons and engine speed -also tells the computer what cylinders are misfiring thru vibrations if its happening.

Could be it-test the CPS resistances and make sure its clearance is up to snuff.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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Well, would changing the entire distributor fix the CPS issue?
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 8:09 PM
Tiny
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I'm going bananas looking for your CPS -it says it doesn't come with it. Give me the engine's liter and I'll recheck-better hope I dont comeback with the sensor for your liter-you are lot better without it.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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Try to get these sensors check throttle position sensor and vehicle speed sensor.
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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My engine is:

1.6L Vtec Honda Civic SI Coupe
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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008 AT 8:35 PM
Tiny
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My engine is:

1.6L Vtec Honda Civic SI Coupe-Sorry partner your year/make/model don't have one its got all the other sensors-No Camshaft or Crankshaft position sensor.
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 AT 2:08 AM
Tiny
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UHOH. So what does that mean for me?
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 AT 7:47 AM
Tiny
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It means a distributor ignition system shouldn't have it, only for DIS. Thought you're trying to pull a fast one. Okay start testing the coil/distributor pick-up coil in it and ignition control module.

Good Luck
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 AT 10:56 AM
Tiny
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I really do appreciate your help, but I must say, I am a bit confused.

So, when the mechanic did the engine light check and it flashed for four times giving the error message "4 CKP crank position sensor " . What does it mean and how do I replace/fix it?
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Thursday, January 3rd, 2008 AT 7:15 PM
Tiny
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How can you fix something that's not there. I recommend that you go to autozone and get the computer read it again. Comeback with the results and give me something to work this time. I've check and checked still no CPS. Maybe am wrong but am trying my best to help you.
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Friday, January 4th, 2008 AT 12:33 AM
Tiny
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Yeah. That makes sense. But I live in Canada. We don't have autozone here. I will go to a local shop here and have them read the computer. I will then tell you what it gives me.
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Friday, January 4th, 2008 AT 9:07 AM
Tiny
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[quote="civicSI"]

Okay. SO: I took it to two different shops, they both put the computer in to read the errors. They both got the same one:

Crankshaft Position Sensor

. What now? LOL
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Saturday, January 5th, 2008 AT 1:52 AM
Tiny
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Hi fellas. Neither of you have been posting here for a couple months, but I hope what i write here will eventually be read, and will help out a little.

Replacing your distributor is the only way to go on this one. I too, have a 98 Civic, albeit a DX, not an Si. But the reason for replacing the distributor is that you do indeed, have a crankshaft position sensor. This along with the camshaft position sensor and the top dead center sensor, are all integrated into the distributor housing of the distributor itself.

If you were to remove the cap, rotor & plastic shield, you'll see a black component mounted onto the shaft the cap mounts to. This is the pickup that works in conjunction with the 3 sensors and largely affects timing and overall performance.

Beware however, I just replaced my distributor and am having subsequent problems from a flashing check engine light (#2 and/or #4 cylinder random misfires). ( See my post here: http://www.2carpros.com/forum/1998-honda-civic-a-check-engine-light-vt121384.html )

Hope this helped. Good luck.
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Monday, April 7th, 2008 AT 4:32 PM

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