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1990 Honda Civic will not start

1.5l 1990 honda civic lx. 100k miles, new spark plugs, wires, distributor, timing belt is tight.
Driving about 30 miles, turned around to come home, 15 mile into it, feels like someone turned the engine off. Would not restart. No bad sounds at all, during or after. Can turn over engine all day long, no sounds. Sounds normal, its got me..... Any help?

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  • Thomas Jun 01, 2009

    Have fuel pressure, and compression (to spec). Exhaust smells like gas, so its making it thru....will add more info as I think of it.

  • Thomas Jun 01, 2009

    Have spark too, sorry.

  • Thomas Jun 01, 2009

    I am going to replace the distributor tomorrow, this is the second time I have heard that the cps goes bad (positioning sensor) The unfortunate thing about this is that the sensor is not sold aftermarket, and honda does not support it anymore, so you have to replace the whole distributor (+/- 250 bucks)to fix ya it!

  • Thomas Jun 01, 2009

    As far as the distributor, I have already replaced the ignitor, rotor, and cap..... FYI

  • Thomas Jun 04, 2009

    People if you have this problem exactly as stated above, replace the distributor with a re manufactured one you can usually find them on the net for around 150 with free shipping. The pickup coil is not available aftermarket. if you need an ignitor, send me a message, i will send on to you for $50 but ill tell ya, go for the whole rebuilt dist.!

  • Thomas Sep 01, 2009

    The distributor was bad. The CPS failed, can not be rebuilt, had to get a new distributor after mkt on EBAY. Works great

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Most of the handas have a pick up inside the distributor behind the rotor button take off the black cover inside the distributor and two screws hold it on with two wires on it. If that go's bad your car will not start i would start there

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