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My 1998 honda civic wont start as there is no spark from the spark plugs, iv replaced the distributer but still no luck, can someone help me please.... MO....

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You've replaced the distributor but no luck, but, have you tried cleaning the spark plugs? Okay, here are the things that you need to check:

1. Starter and the starter circuit.
2. Spark Plugs
3. Proper timing
4. Compression
5. Fuel

your car may be flooded and the excess fuel in the cylinders has washed the oil off of the cylinder walls causing the rings to dry out and lose compression. remove your spark plugs and put a few drops of oil in each cylinder the turn the engine over a couple times by hand. then put the plugs back in fire it up. was the case with my friends prelude, even the mechanics couldnt figure it out they told him he needed a new engine.


First check the big three: Air, Fuel, and Spark.
Check your timing. This is one of the most common issues with any engine.
If you have good fuel pressure, and the timing is correct with good spark (making sure the spark plug wires are on the correct spark plugs), it is most likely a bad sensor.
Honda D16 engines are relatively straight forward mechanically and electronically, and are not prone to major problems.
If you have recently worked on the engine, back track all of your work, checking everything you moved, adjusted, replaced, etc.
If the problem came completely out of the blue, I'm guessing bad sensor. Could be anything from bad crank position sensor, to bad MAP sensor.
Since your car is pre OBDII, diagnosing a bad sensor is a little bit harder, and having a local shop look at it will likely be the quickest and cheapest resolution.

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