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1992 Honda Accord LX won't start - ignition problems

I have a 1992 Honda Accord LX that was running fine and then died abruptly.

I have tested the fuel pressure (40 psi constant and holds for quite some time).

I pulled the coil wire from the distributor cap and found that it had no spark (when holding next to metal) when the vehicle was trying to turn over. I replaced the spark plugs (there was some oil in two of the plug wells that concerned me), wires, cap, rotor and coil. I also replaced the valve cover gasket that was leaking the oil into the plug well.

Alas, it still will not run (it just turns over). I followed the instructions found at AutoZone.com and tested the pick up coil (located in the distributor) and found that it is ok (power where there should be power and resistance tests ok in accordance with their specs).

Any ideas?

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    Chris Hall Mar 12, 2009

    The rotor does turn. There is no spark to the plugs, as there is no spark from the coil to the distributor. I can't test the fuel pressure at idle (the car won't start), but it holds strong when the key is on at 40 psi.

  • Chris Hall
    Chris Hall Mar 23, 2009

    Mine ended up being a faulty distributor or igniter. They were purchased together as a kit.

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I would remove the distributor cap and crank the engine over . If the rotor does not turn , then you need to replace the timing belt. The timing belt needs to be replaced every 60 K. If the rotor turns then make sure you have spark to a spark plug. Run a compression test on each cylinder. The basics to run are compression, spark, fuel and timing.

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  • transam guy Mar 15, 2009

    If the timing belt is not broken and the base timing is ok, then it has to be in the distributor. If you have no spark from the coil , need to check for electrical problem first. Fuses, relays, wiring, ignition switch. Everything that give the distributor module power needs to be checked. End result is you need power to the coil all the time from the key. I have replaced lots of honda distributors because they were wore out or seized up internally.

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You have to replace the main relay located inside the car, its located underneath the cruise control module, on the drivers side

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The above comments are good. Make sure the distributor turns over when cranking the engine. If it does, I think you should check the main ignition relay as mentioned above.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014

  • It is also important you check the igniter (equivalent to the coil) contained within the distributor and responsible for producing the spart that goes to the spark plugs.

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Just a question, the check engine light, should it stay on or does it go off before the engine is turn over.

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I have the same problem

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