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Old 05-05-2009, 08:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I own a 96 integra. can anyone give me the drivability symptoms of a failing distributor.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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reduced performance , difficult to start or no start , sputtering at various rpm's ...are you having any of these symptoms...if not describe what yours are
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ok here goes. if you ease into throttle it'll go to rev limiter. but when driving it won't go over 2500-3000. give throttle quick tap bogs. sounds as if your trying to give it gas when your shutting the switch off. if you try to advance or retardation at distrbutor there is no change what so ever other than at distrbutor it'll backfire through intake if retarded all the way.
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take the cap off and see what the condition of the inside is ...and there is a specific way of adjusting the timing
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oh and start difficulty at times erratic idle as well. can't seem to adjust it.. you can be idling at one minute and go up the road and stop and it'll be at 2000 rpms.
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Old 05-05-2009, 09:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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cap and ignitor have been changed. so has rotor button. tested ignition coil and it was well within range. how you suppose to adjust disributor timing?
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Old 05-05-2009, 10:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You adjust the motor's timing with a timing light and by rotating the distributor.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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doesn't matter where it is you still get same results
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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how many miles on the car?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:18 AM   #10 (permalink)
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less than 1000 miles on rebuild. disributor has 169000 with new rotor button and cap and ignitor. i'm at a loss and broke. top it all off just got laid off. also replaced o2 iacv intake gasket tps. any ideas?
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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check your plug wires and spark plugs, those could be faulty.

what happened with mine was when my distributor had an oil leak which led to excessive oil in the cap, my connection was horrible which led to random misfires when it reached higher rpms... this also led to random and crazy RPMs. i found out that it had shorted one of my wires and burnt one of my plugs so i replaced those and replaced a o-ring in my dizzy which stopped the leak.

been running strong ever since. Check to see if youre getting a good spark.
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:28 AM   #12 (permalink)
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oh I got spark. checked that already. no oil in dizzy checked that already too
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Old 05-06-2009, 12:31 PM   #13 (permalink)
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could timing be off a tooth or 2 one way or the other cause these issues?
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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i have a swapped civic and to set the timing you need to 1) jump the diagnostic connector 2) line the crank marking up with the marking of the timing belt cover 3) hook a timing light up to the positive terminal on the batt. and the inductive pick up to cylinder ones spark plug wire ...start vehicle and look to see if the timing marks match up as the engine is running and adjust the distributor to either advance or retard ...
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