How to Diagnose Common Problems of the Honda Civic del Sol Distributor Cap
The distributor cap is one of the low-key components of your Honda Civic del Sol, but when it fails the engine will not be able to run. Thankfully, most distributor caps tend can last for about 5 before they start to wear out, and once they do start to show signs of failure they must be checked and repaired or replaced if necessary. The following are some of the most common symptoms of Honda Civic del Sol distributor cap failure and how to diagnose them.
The engine won't start
An engine that refuses to start is a likely indication of a cracked distributor cap. In most cases the cracked occurs due to cold weather, as most distributor caps are made of bakelite plastic which can easily warp and crack when the temperature goes from cold to hot in a short period of time. In addition, corrosion due to excessive moisture inside the distributor cap can also cause the rotor and other components inside the cap to deteriorate and cause a malfunction.
Stalling and misfiring
If your del Sol's engine starts out fine but stalls or misfires while you're on the road, this could be a sign that the distributor cap. Take out the distributor cap and check for burning or oxidation on the electrodes and black streaks on the cap's interior walls, as these could indicate that a power surge has occurred and has burnt the inside the distributor cap. Also, check if the inside of the cap is covered with carbon soot or oil, as these can also impede the rotor from spinning and cause a misfire. Clean or replace the distributor cap if necessary.
Are there high-pitched squealing noises coming from your del Sol's engine? Turn the engine off, remove the distributor cap and check the underside where the coil is. Although the cap may appear to be in perfect condition, deposits under the cap can cause the rotor to squeal. Replacing the cap often solves this problem, but if the noise persists you may have to replace the entire distributor.