How to replace distributor in 99 Honda CR-V?

Discussion in 'CR-V' started by Steveo, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Steveo

    Steveo Guest

    What I really have no clue on is timing. I understand that I can't just
    pull the old out, pop the new in and viola! Can anyone point me to
    instructions, whether they be in a shop manual or other resource?

    If any tools, ie timing gun would make my life easier, I am all for it!

    TIA, Steve
    Steveo, Dec 10, 2006
  2. Steveo

    motsco_ Guest


    Why not? You'll be a s close as damn is to swearing. You'll be within
    about 5 degrees if you line it up the same.

    Who told you to replace the distributor, and what's the mileage?

    That's pretty drastic.

    motsco_, Dec 10, 2006
  3. Steveo

    Steveo Guest

    OK, then I'm all wrong! :) Uhhhm, I definitely need to replace it, as I
    broke off that spring-loaded switch that juts out from the dist to the

    Line what up? The dist housing has 3 bolts attaching it to the engine,
    so there's not much to line up, I dont think so, anyway. I think that I
    need to pay attention the orientation of the rotor before I pull it
    from the old. Am I right?
    Steveo, Dec 11, 2006
  4. Steveo

    Tegger Guest

    What spring is that?

    Click here:
    and tell us what part it is that broke.

    You *MUST* set the ignition timing properly. This is achieved
    by loosening the three bolts and rotating the distributor
    ever so slightly until the timing marks are properly aligned.

    "Close" was OK prior to computerized engine controls. It is
    unacceptable now.

    You need a timing light to see the marks, which are on the
    crankshaft pulley and timing belt cover.
    Tegger, Dec 11, 2006
  5. Steveo

    jim beam Guest

    i'm pretty sure that model uses crank timing, not distributor timing.
    besides, it sounds like all he needs is a new distributor cap, not a
    whole new distributor.
    jim beam, Dec 11, 2006
  6. Steveo

    Steveo Guest

    The spring on part number 10 broke off. Thanks for the info! Back to my
    original post - I suspected that I needed to set the ignition timing,
    but I'm not sure how to use a timing gun. Can anyone point me to in
    structions, book, etc?

    Thanks again to all who have (and perhaps will ) reply!

    Steveo, Dec 11, 2006
  7. Steveo

    jim beam Guest

    then get a new spring. something out of an old pen will work just dandy.
    you don't need to replace the distributor, so you don't need to mess
    with any timing. the worst case scenario is replacing the coil, but
    that doesn't require distributor removal.

    if you /do/ need to check timing, and this is not a crank-timed vehicle,
    just use a conventional timing light and the timing marks on the
    accessory belt pulley. make sure the service jumper is connected.

    if you plan on doing much other work on this vehicle, you will be well
    advised to buy the factory manual from
    jim beam, Dec 11, 2006
  8. Steveo

    Steveo Guest

    Won't work. The spring is housed inside molded plastic, which is
    attached to the distributor. Hmmm, now that I'm looking at the link
    again - is part number 10 the coil assy? I could just replace the coil,
    Steveo, Dec 11, 2006
  9. Steveo

    Tegger Guest

    If the car has a distributor, then its timing is set by turning the

    The K-series engine that replaced the B-series *is* crank-timed, and has no
    Tegger, Dec 11, 2006
  10. Steveo

    Tegger Guest


    You can to to a wrecking yard and pull a coil off any '92+ Integra or CR-V.
    A lot cheaper than a new one. Take your old one along to make sure they

    I'd strongly advise against aftermarket coils.

    And so long as you don't loosen the three distributor screws, you don't
    need to set the timing.
    Tegger, Dec 11, 2006
  11. Steveo

    Tegger Guest

    A timing gun is easy as pie. It will come with intructions,unless you get a
    rental one.

    You warm the engine up to full-hot, then shut it off. Short the Service
    Check Connector, then restart the engine.

    The timing light will have three connectors. The red alligator clip
    attaches to the + terminal of the battery, the black one to the - terminal.
    The inductive clip attaches to the #1 plug wire. Now you aim the light at
    the crank pulley, then pull the trigger. It should be obvious what to do
    from there. The middle of the group of three marks on the pulley ought to
    line up with the pointer on the timing belt cover. Loosen the three
    distributor bolts, then turn the distributor as needed.
    Tegger, Dec 11, 2006
  12. Steveo

    Tegger Guest

    The igniter.
    Tegger, Dec 11, 2006
  13. Steveo

    motsco_ Guest


    Hey Tegger, is it the coil that has to have _heat-sink paste_ on the
    backside to prevent overheating, or the igniter? I've never had a
    distributor that far apart.

    motsco_, Dec 11, 2006
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