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Turns over, won't start, no spark


Old 12-07-2012, 05:36 PM
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Default Turns over, won't start, no spark

98 Honda Civic with 175K miles on it, died suddenly after driving about a mile, and wouldn't start up.

I can hear the fuel pump come on when turning the key initially, I hear the relay click. I've checked all fuses, all seem good.

Checked for spark at the coil, and nothing.

Reading a good 12V at the ignition coil terminal.

I found this previous thread and started checking the ignition coil -

98 Civic DX won't start - no spark - Honda-Tech

According to this, my TEC coil should read .63-.77 Ohms between the A and B terminals, and 12.8-19.2K between the A terminal and the secondary winding. My readings -

0.8 Ohms from A-B
9K from A to secondary

Obviously these readings are outside of the spec, but are they far enough out to warrant replacing the ignition coil?

Anything else I can/should check before buying a new ignition coil (I'll likely replace the entire distributor and be done with it)

I hate throwing parts at a problem until I'm fairly certain of the cause.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:34 PM
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Your coil failed the ohmmeter test, it is very likely bad. (The problem with ohmmeter testing a coil is it will show a lot of bad coils as good.)

If you replace entire distributor, do not return your "core" one until after the new one is on the car and working. Same thing for any rebuilt part.

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Old 12-08-2012, 10:24 AM
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So after checking Sears for a dwell meter ($55, although on sale!)... I sucked it up and bought the remanned distributor from Napa. $170. Stuck it on this morning, and she fired right up.
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