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1991 Honda Accord won't start

1991 Accord won't start, turns over very well, checked main relay, replaced and no difference, checked computor tried another, no difference, changed injector relay, no difference, fuel pump fonctions, opened gas cap for pressure, no difference, NO CHECK ENGINE LIGHT NOR OIL LIGHT WHEN THE KEY IS TURNED ON, ONLY BATTERY LIGHT COMES ON; head lights, flasher lights, brake lights, radio, moon roof..all function but not the power windows, no fuses blown; smell a little gas when turning motor, did start for a few seconds after much starting but did not run well at all and died right away, hasn't even done that a second time. Haven't touched the distributor because it was replaced only a couple of years ago. The tachometer doesn't move when I'm turning over the engine. I can't remember if the tach would move upon turning the starter or not before my problem. I read that the igniter may be the problem. An indicator being that if the tach doesn't move,...the igniter is no good. Is that possible ? Where is the igniter located..in the distributor ? I like my Honda, I want it to go.

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Could be the igniter inside the distributor (unless you have an external coil). Look on your distributor to see if there are 5 wires leading from it. If there are, you have an external coil that is likely bad... If you have only 4 wires coming from your distributor it is most likely the internal ignition inside the distributor ($50.+). AS SOON AS YOU GET IT STARTED CHANGE YOUR OIL. Your fuel pump has loaded your cylinders with fuel and it has probably leaked down into your oil pan making your oil thin and mixed with gas.

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(Since you drove to San Diego this may be the problem)

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