1995 Honda Civic Engine knocking, failure to start

Tiny
CRICHOTEN0613
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  • 1995 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 201,000 MILES
Okay, for starters, this past weekend, the internal water pump(timing belt driven) wore out from overheating due to a faulty thermostat. Although I realize the damage was most likely worsened, I had no choice but to drive it in intervals of 4 miles for 45 miles back to town (lack of funds for towing). So I replaced the water pump, thermostat, and timing belt. It ran and sounded great after all said and done. Sat and idled smoothly for twenty minutes with no overheating or odd sounds. After driving only a short distance (<20 miles) around town, a light knocking from the engine began to ring out, but only when idling or at low speeds (25mph). In four days with no luck of locating the source, the knocking progressively became louder, acceleration became sluggish, and idle in P, R, N, and D dropped to avg around 500 rpm's. Thinking it was a timing issue, I loosened the bolts on the distributor and adjusted it slightly while the engine was running. After locating the best position by sound, I tightened it back and the engine idled down and died. Since then, it will not start. The engine cranks with no odd sounds, there is spark, replaced fuel filter, but still no start. Any ideas?
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Friday, September 17th, 2010 AT 6:51 PM

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Tiny
MADMIKE1735
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Sounds like your no start is comming from your distributor. You didnt mark it before you moved it? Let me look into this a little more, I believe that has an electronic advance that needs to be disconnected in order to set base time. In order to set the base time however, your going to need to get this thing to run. Do you remember where the timing was before you turned the distributor?
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Friday, September 17th, 2010 AT 7:08 PM
Tiny
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Unfortunately no I did not mark where the distributor was. And since then I spoke to a local mechanic and came to the conclusion that the no start was being caused by a combination of a bad ECM/ICM and the rotor bug was burnt up. However, I've just replaced both this afternoon and it's still a no-go. Engine is still cranking, has fuel, but no start and not sure of spark. How do I check for spark while not running? Additionally, I read up and found out how to check the trouble codes on this Honda. Found a trouble code 8 (Top Dead Center Defective circuit or unplugged/defective sensor) and trouble code 41 (Primary Oxygen Sensor - Heater Circuit malfunction). So the plan is to check/replace the camshaft position sensor and the O2 sensor.
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Saturday, September 18th, 2010 AT 2:57 PM
Tiny
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Easiest way to check for spark is remove a sparkplug, leave it connected to the wire, and touch it to the cylinder head. Have someone crank the engine over.
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Saturday, September 18th, 2010 AT 8:42 PM

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