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Honda Civic Del Sol Distributor Cap

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.

Squealing noises

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.

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  • Simple Maintenance Tips for Honda Civic del Sol Distributor Caps

    Because they are cheap and easy to replace, the distributor caps for Honda Civic del Sol distributors rarely gets mentioned when it comes to maintenance. But while distributor caps are nearly next to disposable, proper care and maintenance of these components can lengthen their service life and save you money in the process. What's more, maintenance of Honda Civic del Sol distributor cap is quite easy and only requires a couple of minutes to an hour of your time. So if you get the most value out of the distributor cap in your del Sol two-seater, consider these maintenance tips.

    Clean the distributor cap regularly.

    Over time, carbon deposits, grime, dirt, and other debris will start to form in the distributor cap, which, if left unattended to, can prevent the rotor inside the cap from working properly and causing a misfire. Use a small brush to rid the cap of dirt - avoid using compressed air or solvents as these can damage the sensitive parts of the cap. However, if the buildup has already hardened, we recommend replacing the cap instead.

    Check for signs of wear and damage.

    Some of the things you need to look for include signs of burning or oxidation in the electrode and black streaks on the inner walls of the cap, as these may indicate that the distributor has been burned out by a power surge. In addition, we also recommend testing for the cap's electrical resistance caused by wear or tear by connecting an ohmmeter to the center tower and on the inside center of the cap. The ohmmeter display should give a reading of zero or close to it, which signifies the distributor cap is experiencing little or no resistance. However, if the reading is anything higher, the cap needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

    Make sure that the distributor is always dry.

    Moisture from the rain or condensation can accumulate inside the distributor cap and cause its metal components to corrode and deteriorate. Avoid parking your vehicle in the open especially if you live in humid environments and make sure to remove moisture from the cap itself every now and then.