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Igniter Can anyone tell me where the Igniter is located? Is it under the cap on the distributor?

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  • Dustin28 Sep 18, 2008

    I know what a spark plug is.............. My previous post was that my engine wont start, there is no Spark coming from the distributor, and was told to change "the igniter". As far as I know, a person can only buy the whole distributor. Any way to test the components under the cap?

  • Dustin28 Sep 19, 2008

    Thank you countrycurt0! It was indeed the igniter or ignition module. The car runs great!



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Dustin, your Accord may have a coil inside the distributor and not a igniter. Go the your auto part store and ask to seethe print out of your engine. Eazy to change out cost about $80.00.

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Dustin28, the igniter is located inside the distributor. Loosen the 3 screws and remove dist. cap, then remove plastic shield on top (if it has one), the igniter has 4 wires plugged into it. Unplug and label wires so they go back on the same way. Remove 2 screws securing igniter to dist. Once removed, there are two more screws to separate the mounting plate from old igniter Install new one to this, re-install in distrib. attach wires, replace plastic shield and cap. Let me know how u make out. countrycurt0

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A spark plug "ignites" the fuel air mixture inside the engine. Follow the thick wires from your distributor cap to your engine to find your spark plugs.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008

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    David Friesen Sep 18, 2008

    Perhaps you meant ignition coil then? The ignition coil turns a low voltage into a high voltage, and this high voltage then goes to the distributor.

    Disconnect the ignition coil, and measure it with an ohm meter. There are 3 terminals: ground, low voltage in, and high voltage out. Measure between ground and high voltage. If it's a few kilo-ohms, it's likely good. If it's open-circuited, the coil is broken inside, and should be replaced.

    You can open the distributor, and make sure all the contacts are clean, too. Seal it up tight when done, so water doesn't get in.

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  2. Separate the wiring harness connections.
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Fig. 1: Make sure you remember where the colored wires attach for installation-2S-ELC engine
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