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No spark on my 1990 honda accord ex.

Im searching all over the internet for different forums and same problem is arising, car ran then no spark. car was ran to my house when purchased about half an hour away no problems at all ran like a top, then sat for about 3 months. went to go start it and would not spark. brand new plugs and wires still no spark, then purchased new cap and rotor and still no spark. i checked all the wires that was recommended in the bible but all the voltages and currents were average. im about ready to buy a new distributor. i took the distributor off and tried to find some way to identify serial number and or make but could only find this letter and number combination inside the distributor under the rotor and cover on the coil printed (TC-08A) is this the model of distributor that im looking for. and if not please tell me what the hell might be going on thanks very much MARK S.

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  • mark simmons Jan 29, 2009

    1).The bible of course is Haynes Repair Manual.

    2).the wires that grease up the license plate of course, haha.

    The wires on the internal coils"resistance-black/yellow wire

    -white/blue wire

    primary resistance between terminals A and C- 0.7ohms. supposed to be between 0.6 to 0.8 ohms.

    secondary resistance between terminal A and secondary terminal-14.5. supposed to be between 13.0k ohms to 19.8k ohms.

  • Patrick Dennehy May 11, 2010

    Wow! Haynes... ...They have deprogramming for that cult, I think. Was that the best they could come up with? You know it was!

    Ok, so you checked resistance on primary and secondary coil circuits. Cool! At least the coil could induce a secondary field, theoretically. I'm seeing alot of Hondas from ten years and older since I run a used car lot garage. I want to improve my sight-unseen diagnosis skills, so thanks for giving me a shot at this one.

    I'm going to work up a list of suggestions, (maybe ten or so)engrave them in stone tablets, and pray that you apply them in your life and under your hood. Hopefully, these steps will guide you through the troubleshooting without robbing Peter to pay for the distributor.

    Let's be sure it's really guilty or sinful before we stone it to death!!!

    THanks for getting right back. You'll be hearing from me soon.

    Later TwoTips TT

  • Patrick Dennehy May 11, 2010

    Let's back up briefly, ok? What Bible? What wires? What average values? Are you sure your dog ate your homework? lol

    Some details on what tests were actually done on which circuits would go a long way toward knowing where you are in the troubleshooting process. Tell me what you can, I'll be watching. Thanks, TT



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Could you possibly be looking on the wrong area? is the rotor turning when engine is cranked? I hate to possibly bring bad news but is the cam belt/chain intact? as if broken you'll never get a spark.
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