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I mixed up the spark plug wires on the distrubuter cap. how do i figure out where they go?

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Here is the plug wiring diagram, courtesy of AutoZone:


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This maybe close to you.... 2.2 and 2.3 engines are the same, accord 95, civic is the same as the graphic next.... engine spark plugs are in order 4-3-2-1

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if you want to be sure, you can stop in a discount auto parts and take a look to the haynes manuals over there...

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