First, the engine light turns on followed by car stalling and jerking, Ignition coil?

Tiny
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Further check with ODB gives an ignition coil problem error code.
So far, I have replaced the distributor 3 times.
The problem recurs in less than 50 miles of driving.
I think there is something else going on.
Any thoughts/suggestions to help me resolve would be highly appreciated.
Thank you for your time in advance.
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Friday, July 28th, 2023 AT 7:31 AM

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Tiny
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What is the code you are getting? Also, if you have replaced the distributor and coil, there must be a wiring issue to the distributor assembly. When you replaced the distributor three times, was the coil included?

Let me know the code. Also, I attached diagnostics below specific to checking the ignition coil. Take a look through them and let me know if you are comfortable performing them. Also, if you have the code, I can check to see if there is anything specific that should be checked.

Let me know.

Take care,

Joe

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Friday, July 28th, 2023 AT 8:08 PM
Tiny
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Thank you JACOBANDNICKOLAS for your prompt reply.

The code when I last got the distributor changed was P1381.

The wires from the distributor to spark plugs are new too.
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Friday, July 28th, 2023 AT 9:06 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

I realize the distributor was changed. Could you check to make sure the coil shield is properly in place? Also, did the new distributors include a new CYP sensor?

Let me know. Also, let me know if that is the only code you get.

Take care,

Joe

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Friday, July 28th, 2023 AT 10:20 PM
Tiny
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This problem got resolved.
First, my apologies for the delayed response. Although the ODB diagnostic tests indicated that it's a faulty distributor, the problem was resolved by changing the alternator. It is weird that Honda would not give more specific error code. After 3 distributor changes and finally taking a suggestion from the auto technicians forum of changing alternator, the problem seems to be resolved. I have driven more than 350 miles after the fix and so far, the car's engine light has not lit up and no more jerks. It took one year of painful troubleshooting to have this peace of mind. Hope this information helps someone.
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Sunday, September 24th, 2023 AT 11:36 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

Thanks for the update. I'm glad you found the solution and know your response will help others in the future.

Take care of yourself,

Joe
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Sunday, September 24th, 2023 AT 1:34 PM

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