Honda Civic Distributor
Helpful Tips in Dealing With the Honda Civic Distributor Problems
Overtime, your Honda Civic distributor will suffer from the wear and tear of everyday driving. That's why, as a Civic owner, you need to know the common issues with your distributor, and you should also have an idea on how to deal with them if they happen one day. To help you, here are some troubleshooting tips:
Cracked distributor cap
If you start your engine in a cold environment, your distributor cap can crack due to sudden change in temperatures from a combusting engine and the cold weather. And once the cap breaks, you will experience difficulties in starting your Civic. If left broken, you will start to experience odd shaking when the car is in idle or is in a complete stop while the engine is still turned on. Should you experience these two instances, your distributor may already be going bad with chances of a cracked distributor cap. That's why it's important to keep an eye out for your distributor cap during cold weathers and remember not to leave your car outside your garage.
A high-pitched squealing noise can be a sign that your distributor has gone bad. However, it's still advised that you check other components just to be sure. If everything else is working fine, then you can check your distributor cap for any grease or particles inside. These buildups are the culprits behind the noise, and must, therefore, be removed. However, you will have to just replace your distributor if the squealing sound continues. To be sure, you can have your car checked by your dealer.
Once the O-ring erodes and wears out, you can bet that there will be oil leakage on your distributor. However, you may not realize this instantly as this won't have an immediate effect on your car's performance. But despite this, keep in mind that prolonged leakage on your distributor can greatly affect the rest of your car, especially if the oil leaks down to the antifreeze supply tube and damage it later on. If this happens, the supply tube will leak antifreeze through your car's transmission, which will also fail eventually. That's why it's important that you stop the leak early on as soon as you notice it. It's best that you immediately replace your O-ring, along with the distributor cap and rotor should they already be soaked in oil and worn out.