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Old 09-22-2007, 09:14 PM   #11
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maybe simpler solution...

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Honda engine with 100K miles. Runs great. Needs new Distributor and hoses which were removed when I swapped in my new engine. $150

Date: 2007-09-18, 3:20PM CDT
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Old 09-23-2007, 05:34 AM   #12
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i only have 110k on my car.. an engine is a little extreme haha im gonna check the ignitor today, i found the section in the service man. about checking and replacing
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Old 09-23-2007, 04:53 PM   #13
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Different car, but my wife's '99 Acura was doing the same thing.

It wound up being the ignition switch, it had an electrical short in it.
Found out by jiggling it slightly and the dash would go dead and then come back.

Hope this helps.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:15 PM   #14
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Looking through the autozone website, they have it listed under "Control Module-Ignition" for $65 and $98.
If you're willing to wait for it, you can get a brand new OE part from Majestic Honda for $73.05 + S&H. They claim the list price (what you would pay if you went to your local dealer) is about $104.37... Just so you know if you're getting ripped off.
What's up with these, Majestic shows $153.30 + S&H for a 94 VX. I had to track down a part # thru San Leandro to even find it. Why the big price diff?
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:28 PM   #15
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Dunno... I was looking at the '92 VX page.
They list the same distributor model for all VXs - TD-42U... But for some reason they have a different ignitor part number and price for '92-93 and '94-95.
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Old 09-24-2007, 09:16 AM   #16
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I heard that some of the older Accords did this (jumpy tach) and in their case it usually turned out to be a bad ignition coil.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:39 AM   #17
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Jumpy tach and loss of power is almost always the ignitor. I've also been able to swap pretty much any 88+ honda ignitor with any other 88+ honda ignitor, might require some grinding of the ignitor to get it to fit in the distributor housing, but it works. =)
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:37 PM   #18
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For those who really want to know how a Honda ignition works, check out this article.

http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/ignit...ion/index.html
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Old 09-24-2007, 05:30 PM   #19
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well.. i started the car this morning and had a bad squeal/squeek coming from the distributor area.. lucky thing i heard this on my way to the parts store and not after.. because turns out my distributor has apparenly been crapping out on me slowly but surely, had i of known the tach insanity was a sign.. i couldve avoided all of this.. but i bought a new distributor today, and when i took the old one off and compared it to the new one.. the old one grinds horribly when you spin it, and on top of that it would catch every couple of spins and you'd have to force it to get it to keep spinning... im guessing that could've had SOMETHING to do with my issues haha.. well once i got the new dizzy in and adjusted the timing(as close as i could..) i took it for a spin, now the "lean" doesn't kick so hard and its actually smoother accelerating.. im hoping this may help my low MPG issues slightly... thanks for everyones help!
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Old 09-24-2007, 08:51 PM   #20
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Sounds like the bearings were on their way out. I've had one distributor personally do that on my hondas.
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