Thanks all, this is great info.
I'll definitely try the 15-second test before replacing the distributor
I got this car in Nov 1994 and suspect most of these parts are nearly
that old -- other than the plugs.
Any recommendations on sources for original Honda parts? I prefer go to
local shops like Lappens and NAPA, which mostly sell 3d party parts
like Beck Arnley distributor parts.
Are you in a hurry?
If not, I recommend www.slhonda.com (in California). Great drawings to find
your parts. All OEM. Good service, based on my one order from them so far.
Your parts should arrive within ten days or even a week.
It's been reported here that some dealers (parts dept.) will give you
www.slhonda.com's prices if you come to them with a printout of prices from
Also, Curly's point is a good one, by the way, AFAIC. On the other hand, the
distributor, wire, and plug parts mentioned earlier all have to be changed
out every few years anyway, so it's not like you're throwing money away.
(Some folks are saying OEM Honda wires last a really long time, though... )
The genuine distributor cap seal is about a dollar and last much longer.
Napa probably sell an aftermarket one for $3. Only replace it when the
seal feels stiff, cracking or flattened. Dielectric grease is about $3 to $5
at Napa. A rag to wipe out the moisture is free. Wipe everything from
coil to the spark plugs. WD-40 will also absorb the moisture.
Remove the spark plug wire from the socket and apply a small amount of
dielectric tune up grease to the insulator, apply some to the distributor
cap where there are gaps.
Use your finger to spread the dielectric grease around the ceramic
portion of the spark plug to help maintain a dry environment for the
plugs. If you need help go here.
For the paranoid, spray a silicone film on the plug wires and cap to further
insulate from moisture.
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