Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Distributor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



2.2L and 2.3L Engines


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Fig. Always matchmark the location of each plug wire before removing it from the distributor cap



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Fig. Use a wrench to unfasten the distributor hold-down bolts



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Fig. On some models, you may need to use a ratchet, extension, and shallow socket to reach the rear bolts



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Fig. After all the mounting bolts have been removed, carefully pull the distributor from the vehicle



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Fig. Inspect the distributor O-ring for cracks and replace as necessary

The radio may contain a coded theft protection circuit. Always make note of the code before disconnecting the battery.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Access the crankshaft pulley bolt through the left side inner fender liner. Use a socket, long extension and a suitable ratchet to rotate the engine. Rotate the engine counterclockwise until the white Top Dead Center (TDC) mark on the pulley aligns with the pointer on the engine cover.
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  5. Label the ignition wires to the distributor cap, but do not remove them, unless absolutely necessary.
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  7. Remove the distributor cap and note the location of the ignition rotor. If the ignition rotor is not pointing toward the terminal of the distributor cap for cylinder No. 1, rotate the crankshaft one complete revolution counterclockwise, and align the white (TDC) mark on the pulley with the pointer on the engine cover.
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  9. If the distributor is going to be reinstalled, make an alignment mark between the distributor housing and the cylinder head using a scribe or a chisel. Then, using a scribe, felt tipped marker or touch up paint, make an alignment mark on the distributor housing for the rotor.
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  11. Uncouple the electrical connectors on the side of the distributor.
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  13. Remove the three distributor mounting bolts, then carefully remove the distributor from the cylinder head.
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To install:

If the camshaft or crankshaft has rotated during assembly, rotate the crankshaft counterclockwise until the white Top Dead Center (TDC) mark on the pulley aligns with the pointer on the engine cover. If the valve cover and upper timing cover have been removed, be sure the UP mark on the camshaft is facing up, and that the crankshaft TDC mark aligns with the pointer on the lower timing cover.

  1. Coat a new O-ring with clean engine oil and install it onto the distributor shaft.
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  3. Install the distributor into the cylinder head. The offset lug on the distributor shaft will fit into the groove on the end of the camshaft in only one direction. If the old distributor is being reinstalled, align the marks made during disassembly.
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  5. Install the three mounting bolts, only hand-tighten them at this time.
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  7. Couple the electrical connectors on the side of the distributor.
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  9. If removed, reconnect the ignition wires in the correct order.
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  11. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
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The Powertrain Control Module(PCM) idle memory must be reset after reconnecting the battery. 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.

  1. Check and adjust the ignition timing. Refer to the ignition timing procedure outlined in Section 1.
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  3. Enter the radio security code.
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2.7L Engine


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Fig. Exploded view of removing the distributor from the cylinder head



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Fig. Proper orientation of the distributor for installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Detach the 3-prong connector from the side of distributor.
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  5. Matchmark then remove the ignition wires from the distributor cap.
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  7. Unscrew the distributor mounting bolt(s), then carefully pull the distributor unit away from the cylinder head.
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To install:

  1. Bring the piston in the No. 1 cylinder to Top Dead Center (TDC).
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  3. Lubricate a new O-ring with light engine oil and install it on the end of the distributor shaft.
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  5. Slide the distributor into position.
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The distributor shaft has an offset driveshaft to prevent installing the unit 180°out.

  1. Install and hand-tighten the mounting bolt(s).
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  3. Reconnect the 3-prong connector to the distributor.
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  5. Install the ignition wires in their correct positions on the cap.
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Fig. Always make sure to properly connect the ignition wires to the distributor cap

  1. Tighten the mounting bolts securely.
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  3. Attach the negative battery cable and set the base ignition timing, as outlined in Section 1.
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3.0L Engines
  1. Remove the negative battery.
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  3. Detach the connector from the side of distributor.
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  5. Matchmark then remove the ignition wires from the cap.
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  7. Unscrew the distributor mounting bolt(s).
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  9. Pull the distributor unit away from the cylinder head.
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To install:

  1. Bring the piston in the number one cylinder to Top Dead Center (TDC).
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  3. Lubricate a new O-ring with a light engine oil and install it on the end of the distributor shaft.
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  5. Slide the distributor into position.
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The distributor shaft has an offset driveshaft to prevent installing the unit 180° out.

  1. Install and hand-tighten the mounting bolt(s).
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  3. Reconnect the connector to the distributor.
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  5. Install the ignition wires in their correct positions on the cap.
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Fig. Always matchmark the installed position of ignition wires to the distributor cap before removal



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Fig. Installation of the distributor back onto the side of the cylinder head

 
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