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198 honda civic will not start sputtered a little bit a few days before. replace spark plugs, dist cap and rotor. still will not start - only got fire on one plug

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You must do a compression test the timing belt may have jumped a tooth,if you are only getting 100 psi or more on one cylinder I would try lining up the timing marks on the lower crankshaft pully to pointer and ensure that the camshaft pulleys are pointing to the correct line up marks get a repair manual to locate these marks on the engine and procedure to check,without more information I really am limited on how much I can help you.

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