Acura Coupes and Sedans 1994-2000 Repair Information

Distributor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



The radio on these vehicles may contain a coded anti-theft circuit. Be sure you have the security code number before disconnecting the battery cable.

1.8L, 2.2L and 2.3L Engines See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4

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Fig. Fig. 1: Unfasten the distributor mounting bolts ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... then remove the distributor from the engine



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Fig. Fig. 3: Top view of the distributor from a 1.8L engine



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Fig. Fig. 4: Use a suitable tool to carefully remove the distributor O-ring and replace with a new one before installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Detach engine wiring harness and connectors from distributor.
  4.  
  5. Tag and disconnect the spark plug wires from distributor cap.
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  7. If removing the ignition coil, remove the distributor cap, rotor, and cap seal, then remove the leak cover.
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  9. Remove the 2 screws to disconnect the wires from the coil.
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  11. Matchmark the position of the distributor housing to the valve cover or another stationary point such as the engine block. This step is done to ensure the distributor can be installed in the exact position from which it was removed.
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  13. Remove the 2 screws and slide the ignition coil out of the distributor housing.
  14.  
  15. Remove distributor hold-down bolts, and remove distributor from cylinder head.
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To install:
  1. Use new O-ring on distributor housing. Coat new O-ring with engine oil before installation.
  2.  
  3. Slip the distributor into position.
  4.  
  5. Align the matchmarks that were made during the removal process.
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The lugs on the end of the distributor and the matching grooves in the camshaft end are offset to eliminate any possibility of installing the distributor 180 degrees out of time.

  1. Install the hold-down bolts, hand tighten.
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  3. Slide the ignition coil into the distributor housing and install the 2 mounting screws.
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  5. Reconnect the 2 wires to the coil and install the 2 screws. Install the leak cover, rotor, cap seal, and cap.
  6.  
  7. Attach the engine wiring harness and connector to distributor.
  8.  
  9. Connect the spark plug wires, as tagged during removal. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
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  11. Set the timing, using a timing light as outlined in General Information and Maintenance , then tighten the distributor hold-down bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm).
  12.  

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) idle memory must be reset after reconnecting the battery. To perform this, you must start the engine and hold it at 3000 rpm until the cooling fan comes on. Then allow the engine to idle for about five minutes with all accessories OFF and with the transmission in Park or Neutral.

2.5L and 3.0L Engines

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the spark plug and coil wires from the distributor cap and mark their positions.
  4.  
  5. Detach the harness connector(s) from the distributor.
  6.  
  7. Matchmark the position of the distributor housing to the valve cover or another stationary point such as the engine block. This step is done to ensure the distributor can be installed in the exact position from which it was removed.
  8.  
  9. Remove the distributor mounting bolts.
  10.  
  11. Remove the distributor from the cylinder head.
  12.  

To install:
  1. Install a new O-ring on the distributor housing. Coat the O-ring with engine oil before installation.
  2.  
  3. Install the distributor into position, verifying that the lugs on the distributor shaft end fit into the grooves on the camshaft end.
  4.  
  5. Align the matchmarks that were made during the removal process.
  6.  
  7. Install the mounting bolts. Tighten the bolt(s) to 13 ft. lbs. (18 Nm).
  8.  
  9. Connect the spark plug and coil wires. Connect the negative battery cable.
  10.  
  11. Check the ignition timing with a timing light, as outlined in General Information and Maintenance . The timing marks are located on the crankshaft pulley and lower timing cover.
  12.  

The Powertrain Control Module (PCM) idle memory must be reset after reconnecting the battery. To perform this, you must start the engine and hold it at 3000 rpm until the cooling fan comes on. Then allow the engine to idle for about five minutes with all accessories OFF and with the transmission in Park or Neutral.

 
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