My son and I are working on an 89 honda prelude 2.0si. It was starting fine when we started working but we knew we needed to do the timing and work out many kinks to get it to run smooth. Replaced o2 sensors, pcv valve, checked plugs, wires, etc…still starting at that point. Noted a large coolant leak below the distributor. Had to rebuild the “T” shaped hose connection down there. Did that. Reinstalled the distributor (which appeared fine and operable). NOW car will only crank and no start. Been like this for several weeks now. We swapped coils, verified no spark there. No spark at plugs needless to say. swapped igniter from a ’91 that we know works. no joy. I have seen alot of talk about being off 180 degrees causing timing off so that it wont start, but i cant be sure with this car because we could only get the distributor to go in one way. We did not force it in or bolt it down etc…we have another prelude and understand how that has to go in correct. At first, we thought it made a difference how the distributor was turned (after removal) so we tried turning the distributor rotor different directions (disconnected from the head) to see if we might have accidentally turned it but nothing seems to change the situation. I turned the engine manually to the timing mark on the flywheel and noticed that rotor went toward the #1 plug connection. But now i really dont know if we have a timing issue or not. Could it be a big air block in the coolant system since we pulled out all the cooling hose beneath the distributor? And why are we getting NO SPARK? Checked all connections (plug wires, coil connections, distributor on snug and plugged up), NOTHING. Car goes to run fine and all electronics come up with no apparent blinking codes shown on ecu. We hear the fuel pump kick in as well so not sure if we have a main relay issue either. All under hood fuses are good. Any ideas would be gold. thanks.
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