1997 Honda Civic



November, 10, 2008 AT 11:42 AM

Electrical problem
1997 Honda Civic 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 180000 miles

The car stalled out at a light then would not start up again. Once we pushed it to a safe location we pulled a plug and watched for spark to discover there was none. We then checked all the plugs, still no spark. We replace the rotor cap (the contact was a little burnt). Same result. We had the coil tested and it tested out just fine. We then had the ignition module tested and it test faulty, so we replaced it and still no spark. we went in with a DMM and tested for power. There is 12V going to the Ignition module and the Coil. I tested the connection to another part in the distributor, I do not know what it is called but it looks like a sort of pickup. If you are looking at the distributor on the car with the cover off it is in the upper left of the distributor. I do not know how to test this unit but I do know that it is not getting power. What could the problem be?



4 Answers



November, 10, 2008 AT 5:41 PM

Try this so I can help you better put rotor on leave cap off turn engine over and see if rotor is turning if it is you are looking at the ignition control module if it isn't then yoyr looking at the timming belt



November, 10, 2008 AT 5:55 PM

The rotor turns just fine and like I said, the original Ignition Control Module was bad and has been replaced.



November, 10, 2008 AT 6:57 PM

If the rotor is turning as you are cranking
then my advise is to replace the distributor as a unit
as you may see in the diagram that the distributor house more then one component it has the coil and crank sensor among other things
very common to fail
save your self the time and money on replacing this or maybe that just install another distributor

need manual CHECK IT @




November, 10, 2008 AT 7:26 PM

That part I am not finding to be sold individually it comes with the distributor

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