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netbret

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I have a del sol 1.5 that just died while going down the road. The car just turns over and has no spark. I've replaced the cap and rotor and still have the same problem. I removed a wire from the cap and tried to start the car to see if any spark would occur...nothing. Also checked the fuel pump and it appears to be working (heard the pump noise before starting). Any help would be appreciated.

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You did not snap the timing belt did you?

 

If that is in once piece a good next step is to look at the distributor itself. It is a common failure point on early 90's Honda's.

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It would. Since the starter is attached to the flywheel and the only way the rotor would turn is if the top end was turning too.

 

Distributor. Check that before anything else. You might as well pull it off and open it up just to see. I had bearings go out in one of mine once. In that case it was obvious what was bad since the inside was coated in rusty bearing dust. Very common issue and is likely the #1 culprit in firing issues.

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I ended up checking continuity on the coil and the voltage also looked good. The ICM wasn't getting voltage on the tab closest to the one on the side, so I replaced the ICM and still no luck. I figured that instead of throwing more parts at it and wasting more money, I went ahead and took it to a local shop that should be giving me an answer by Monday. I'll keep you posted with the results.

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When my dizzy went a little while ago, it started making real horrible noises, and I was still able to start it and drive it (abeit i drove it damn slow on the way back from London for the last 5 miles, luckily it went 5 miles away from home after a 300 mile trip...). And it went at around 100000km, which I've heard is when most dizzys go on sols. So if you own a sol which has done around that milage, I'd advise replacing your Dizzy sooner rather than later.

anyway, I hope you get your problem sorted netbret!

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when you first turn the key to on , does the engine light come on for 3 seconds than go off? and at this time th fuel pump comes on and the injectors prime? if not you might need a main relay.

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Well everyone, I got it back today and it ended up being the coil. I asked the company that replaced it why would the coil show voltage and still not function. He replied that even though the voltages were showing, a possible short or an open was existing inside the coil itself. I guess that sometimes things appear to be OK but really are not. So watch out and don't be fooled like I was. Thanks for everyone's input and advice! :thumbsup:

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