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  • DrT1957
    DrT1957 - 1993 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/6/2010
    How do you set timing?
    How do I know what cylinder is # one in the distributor and the engine? I assume #1 is in the front, but you never know.
    • CVO
      10/6/2010 CVO has the procs and the pics for your project. Login_year of your car_engine electrical_firing orders. Be careful, hope this help and be safe.
  • gijarrett
    gijarrett - 2002 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/6/2010
    • Ray
      10/6/2010 Ray
      Check for voltage to the temperature sensor. It could be a fuse or relay.
  • zelalem
    • Pave Low
      10/5/2010 Pave Low
      Its a catalytic converter fault and YES, you have to replace it.
    CHALEE - 1993 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/4/2010
    Why wont engine turn over
    would start after 2-3 times trying but not this time -nothing.
    • DrkShdw983
      10/4/2010 DrkShdw983
      Well I would say most likely it's your battery, your alternator (an indirect cause of a battery problem) or your starter motor. Before you can say for sure can you give me some more details? For example when you turn the key to start it do you hear any noises? Does everything else function normally (eg: radio comes on, dash lights, etc)?
      10/8/2010 richard goza
      it does the same as if car was in gear and tried to start
  • vtrevino2
    vtrevino2 - 1997 Honda CR-V - Engine - 10/3/2010
    How do you know if your water pump is bad
    I have a 1997 Honda CR-V. I have replaced the thermostat and the radiator. It keeps heating up when the car stops or sits idle.
    • Oxides
      10/3/2010 Oxides
      this sounds like an issue with the cooling fan.
  • Scotty
    Scotty - 1998 Honda Accord - Engine - 10/3/2010
    I was driving down the road, the car sputted a few time, kinda jumped. Then died. Cranks over fast as
    normal but will not start, how would I troubleshoot this?
    • Bobby
      9/8/2010 Bobby
      start by checking for fuel and spark. you have either no fuel getting to the engine or no spark being produced in the ignition system. first try listening for the fuel pump, take off the gas cap and have someone turn the key forward not to crank just forward the fuel pump should cycle on and you will hear it. If you do not hear it then this could be a fuel pump problem. Also check for fuel pressure at the fuel rail if you have fuel pressure then check for spark, you can get a spark tester at an autoparts store for cheap.
    • Scotty
      9/9/2010 Scotty
      Where is this fuel rail located and how do you check it?
      Thanks for the reply.
    • Bobby
      9/10/2010 Bobby
      I looked a little more int your honda, there is no regular hookup to check for fuel pressure rather the best way to check for fuel pressure is to remove the fuel line going to the fuel rail. First cycle the key, meaning move it to the on position, do you hear the fuel pump coming on when you do this? If not then brak losse the bolt at the fuel rail that connects the main fuel line to the fuel rail, then cover with a rag while you loosen to catch the fuel. If no fuel comes out then the fuel pump is possibly the problem, from there you will want to test for voltage going to the fuel pump if there is voltage then the problem is probably the fuel pump.
      9/12/2010 Scotty
      OK, can hear the fuel pump cycle, changed plugs, roter, cap, tested coil was good, tested ignition module but still put on new one. Still no spark when you take the plug out to see.
    • R.C.S.
      10/3/2010 R.C.S.
      if cranks over faster than normal it sounds like a broken timing belt pull top part of timing cover have someone see if pulleys move when it's cranked over it also has an inner balancer shaft belt it will be a F22B6 or a F23A1 or F23A4 or F23A5 or a F23A7 motor it is also a INTERFERENCE ENGINE if the timing belt broke with the moter running it may have bent valves does the dist. shaft turn when engine is cranked ?
  • Luther Moore
    • CVO
      9/18/2010 CVO
      A muffler exhaust pipe. If you have a chrome finished, it called chrome exhaust finisher and i hope that give you the right idea.
    • R.C.S.
      10/3/2010 R.C.S.
      tail pipe
  • anguyen197
    anguyen197 - 1996 Honda Prelude - Engine - 10/3/2010
    Leaking oil on side engine near timing belt pulleys
    Hi; I just replaced the timing belt sets and water pump about 5 months ago on my '96 honda prelude that has 113kmiles. The shop sais there are oil on the side of the engine which means the timing cam-shaft seal is leaking and will contaminate and break the belt. ...
    • Nissan Technical Advisor
      I don't think it will have a problem opening it by you as long that you can fit and seal it back properly. But best this should be done in a mechanic shop so it will be directly correct the problem and will prevent further damage.
    • R.C.S.
      10/3/2010 R.C.S.
      have the lower crank seal done while the timing belt is off if there is more than one cam do them both with 113.000 miles i hope they did the timing belt tensioner and idler pulley
  • steve
    steve - 1990 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/2/2010
    Ware is the gas filter at!!
    • CVO
      10/2/2010 CVO
      1990 Honda Civic 1.5L FI SOHC 4cylThe Fuel Filter is located:
      Under hood, center, upper firewall, mounted in fuel line

      I hope that will give you the right idea and be safe.
  • Tony89
    Tony89 - 1990 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/2/2010
    Can a bad fuel pressure regulator stop the engine from starting? Whats wrong?!?
    -215,00 miles -Fuel pumps fine, have oil in it,coolant and everything,new air filter... -New: Battery,Fuel filter, alternator, starter, spark plugs, belts -It trying to start but cant and it sounds normal, no weird noises,its doesnt matter if its hot or cold it wont ...
    • HouseCallAuto
      10/2/2010 HouseCallAuto
      The number 1 cause of hard starting and stalling and not starting and bucking / jerking on 89 Honda is a bad distributor, not just the cap and rotor, the entire distributor. Its not the fuel pressure regulator, save your money.
    • RC
      10/1/2010 RC
      If the fuel pump is good, I would lean toward an ignition problem. Since the engine will not start, have you checked for spark? Did you replace the distributor cap and rotor?
    • chris
      10/1/2010 chris
      I had a very similar problem and it was the fuel pressure regulator. Had it replaced and haven't had any problems since.
    • Tony89
      10/1/2010 Tony89
      Yes I had the the distributor cap,rotor and spark plugs. So now its between something with the ignition It the fuel pressure regulator then? Ill try the regulator first...
      Thank you guys very much....
      10/2/2010 HouseCallAuto
      Maybe you did not read my post above?
      11/22/2010 rat197076
      my 90 civic did that and it was the main relay under the dash next to the drivers door
  • Sam McCully
    Sam McCully - 1997 Honda Civic del Sol - Engine - 10/1/2010
    What should the (timing) be set at ?
    • Pave Low
      10/1/2010 Pave Low
      Post your email, i have the instructions.
  • Rosanne Katz
    Rosanne Katz - 1992 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/1/2010
    Can an air conditioner be installed into a 1992 Honda Civic...Where can I have it done and how much will it cost?
    Car has no air conditioning but does have vent work.
    • Pave Low
      10/1/2010 Pave Low
      Yes it can be installed with A/C....the price.....expensive i mean you have to buy the whole enchilada. Compressor, Evap, Condenser, Fan, Drier filter....the complete set, then the routing of the tubes.

      I cant give you an exact estimate but prepare more than a thousand bucks for it.
  • harlock
    harlock - 1991 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/1/2010
    Cjance the alternator i want to know the power
    i dont now what is the rigth capacity of the alternator if i want to buy a new one
    • Pave Low
      10/1/2010 Pave Low
      14.5 amperes is the output

      Now, do you have a sound system installed on your vehicle? (I mean a-bit-serious sound system?) If no, just get those 80 ampere alternators

      If yes, get 100 and above.

      Go to, they have a complete line for your ride
  • mikehen
    mikehen - 1989 Honda CRX - Engine - 10/1/2010
    Car lacks power with new muffler, without muffler on all power is restored, why?
    26000kms catalytic converter removed there are no warning lights car hesitates and loses power as soon as muffler is put on the car
  • Danielle
    Danielle - 1989 Honda Civic - Engine - 10/1/2010
    Car wont start, I was told its not the fuel and its not the battery, what else could it be?
    Car ran fine one day then the next morning I went to start the car and it makes the sound like it wants to start but wont. Any information will be much appreciated. Thank you
    • RC
      9/30/2010 RC
      If the engine is cranking over normally, then you need to verify spark and fuel.
    • Danielle
      10/1/2010 Danielle
      Is there a way to tell if the spark plugs are working without a diagnostic?