Next up to the front of the car. Check the timing belt just to make sure it is intact. After 3,500 miles, if it broke (GATES), I would be pissed! But it looked good and still in place.
Buttoned the valve cover back up and secured that…
Next up, ignition.
Back in May-2012, the existing distributor on the CRX developed the sound of death and basically told me it needed to be replaced. I cracked the distributor open and he contained the red dust of death. We shall call this Distributor A.
I replace Distributor A with a used unit off of eBay against the wife’s wishes. We shall call this Distributor B. If you recall, Dist A’s bearing was going and making a horrible sound. When you turn the rotor, you could feel the resistance. When Dist B arrived, I had to clean it up but the rotor turned perfectly and there were no sound and no drag. Distributor B has been on the CRX ever since.
Couple of pieces to look at: Rotor, Cap, Plugs, Wires, Igniter and Coil. Cap is relatively new as is the plugs and wires. So this leaves me with the rotor, igniter and coil.
In the interest of eliminating variables, I removed the coil from Dist A (on the sideline) and install it on Distributor B (on car). Head back to the cabin, turn him over and NOTHING. Ok… Swap coils back so A is to A and B is to B.
I removed Distributor B (on car) and replace it with Distributor A (sideline; orig). CRX fires RIGHT UP! Boom!
Ok, in fact, I am not sure he ever fired up that quickly before. He is no slouch but this was quick. New plugs, newer wires and a new main relay and BOOM!
So what does this mean? What are the facts?
I swapped distributors and now the CRX fires up. So its distributor related.
I swapped plugs, used the same cap in this experiment.
I swapped Distributor B for Distributor A and now the CRX fires up.
What is the difference between Dist B and Dist A? B still has the superior bearing/rod and spins better than A.
I tried A’s coil in B and car would not start. Dist A works with Coil A. But Dist B does not work with Coil A. So can we rule out the coil? Coil A is only 39k miles old as Dave (PO) replaced it in June-2009.
If so, the only item left in question is the igniter!
So I have two options:
Honda OEM Igniter (NEC)
Part Number => 06302-PT2-000
Retail Price => $106.28 shipped give or take (Retail is about $133)
Part Number => IGN0001
Retail Price => $58.37 shipped
As I understand, Hitachi has had some issues with the EK series? People seem to prefer NEC over Hitachi.
Feedback or thoughts would be appreciated.