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How to Replace Distributor 96-98 Honda Civic

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  1. step : Remove the distributor (0:40)
    • Disconnect the wiring harness.
    • Remove the three 12 mm bolts.
    • Label your spark plug wires and the distributor cap so you can plug in the wires correctly.
    • Disconnect the spark plug wires.
  2. step : Install the new distributor (1:43)
    • Using your old distributor as reference, plug in the spark plug wires.
    • Make sure the rotor is lined up.
    • Mount the distributor and bolt it in with your socket and ratchet.
    • Plug in the wiring harness.

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In this video, we show you how to replace the distributor on this 1998 Honda Civic with a 1.6 liter 4 cylinder engine. It's the same process on these Civics from 1997 to 1998. The only items you'll need for this is a new distributor from and a 12 millimeter socket and ratchet with an extension. Right here is the harness for your distributor. You want to disconnect that by pushing on the tab and pulling it apart. Then there's 1, 2, and 3 12 millimeter bolts holding in your distributor. We'll just fast-forward as Don removes these. Then once those are removed your distributor just pulls right out.

You'll want to label your plug wires, 1 through 4. Write it on the boot of the plug wire as well as on the distributor cap. This just helps you when you put your new on to make sure they go in the correct places. Once you've done that, you can disconnect each of your spark plug wires. Now using your old distributor as a reference you want to match up the spark plug wires to the right spots. Now to install your new distributor you want to make sure first, that the lines on that back circle are lined up with the center circle otherwise it won't feed in properly. You want to match up the teeth with that slot in there so just line that up. Make sure those lines stay lined up on the distributor, push it into place and replace those 3 12 millimeter bolts and tighten them up. Reconnect your harness and you're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 12mm Socket

1997 - 1998  Honda  Civic
1998 - 1998  Acura  EL
1996 - 1997  Honda  Civic Del Sol
1996 - 1996  Honda  Civic
1997 - 1997  Acura  EL

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