1998 Honda Civic Engine mises cut out

Tiny
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  • 1998 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 145,000 MILES
Hi my name is skyler and I'm in a pickle, I have a 98 civic DX with 145000 miles. The problem is that the engine skips or cuts out. Well I have changed the pulgs and wires twice, I have changed the fuel filter dis. Cap, button, and because it went out the coil. Well after the coil it ran fine for a little bit, but it only has maybe 10000 miles on it since all this was replaced, I have the ohm readings somewhere, but I'm wondering if it might be the module in the dist. Or even the ecu. I was wondering if maybe you could lead me in the right direction before I junk this car kind of fed up with it.
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 9:08 AM

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Tiny
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Hi Skyler,

Thank you for the donation.

I need some details to understand the the problem better so please fill me in.

1. When it cut out, were you able to restart?
2. You mentioned it skips, meaning it jerks very hard?
3. Is the Check Engine Light showing while running?
4. Was any repairs done prior to this happening?
5. When did this problem started?
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 1:36 PM
Tiny
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1. Ok I meant to say it cuts out or skips throughtout driving range. The car has only not cranked once and that was when the coil went bad, but the car was skipping the whole week before it went out.

2. When I say it skips and cut out I mean it is misfiring

3. Yes the chech engine light is on, the codes are misfire on 1, 2, 3 and a code that I think said waiting for ciruit lamp.

4. The only repair done prior to this was the new dist. Cap, button, fule filter, plugs and wires, this is because it was misfiring, then a few thousand miles later it was misfiring again, and thats when I replaced the plugs and wires again and coil, it worked for maybe 2000 miles now is misfiring bad.

5. The problem started about 8000 miles ago, as I stated above it started misfiing, so I changed parts, worked then misfired again so replaced the puls and wires again, coil wentout replaced it, 2000 miles later it's doing it again.

6. I am wondering if it might be the module inside the distribtor, I hope it's not the ecu but it shouldn't be. I think the ohns on the module where a little low but I would have to find my readings again.
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 2:10 PM
Tiny
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Please let me know the exact trouble codes.

Quite often bad misfiring are due to the ignition coils or its transferring components such as wires and rotors.

Though you might have replaced those items,
did you retest them and also check if all of the spark plug wires are securely connected. Loose connections would cause poor conductivity as time builds up. Look out for signs of oxidation at the distributor cap were the spark plug wires are plugged in.
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 2:30 PM
Tiny
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I triple checked the connections the sprak and the working conditions of the new compoents before I posted this, The trouble codes are as I stated earlier 300(random misfire)po301(misfire #1), (po302Misfire#2)p1399(Wait to start lamp circuit). I also checked the posts ON THE DIST. INSIDE AND OUT before posting this, I have checked the throttle body also.
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Monday, December 14th, 2009 AT 6:08 PM
Tiny
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P1399 is a temporary code for misfiring so they are all related.

We are dealing with misfirings and apart from the ignition system, other things to check are the fuel pressure and injector functions.

Get the fuel pressure checked.

I would suggest checking the compression as well.
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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 AT 6:54 AM

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