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Old 20 Mar 2008, 11:16 am
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Default No Spark or Signal To Coil: 96 Civic EX

Hi all -

My 96 civic ex died and doesn't give spark. No spark at the plugs.. so I checked the coil ... no spark there either. The coil tested at the very top of the a-b range at autozone (.8 ohms). I went through a number of coil and ICM test per the manual and this nifty site I found: Honda Acura Ignition Troubleshooting - How to

From the tests I learned that voltage is getting to both the coil and ICM with the ignition on. However ...the ICM isn't giving the coil any signal when the engine is cranked. The voltage from the ICM to the coil goes dead when cranked.

Timing belt is on. Fuel and relay kick in. CEL light behaves correctly. So my question is .....should I:

a) replace the ICM?
b) replace the entire distributor? or
c) bring it to a mechanic for additional testing?

I don't want to spend needlessly on parts... would rather save that for gas.

Thanks for help solving the mystery.
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Old 27 Mar 2008, 04:36 pm
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Default Re: No Spark or Signal To Coil: 96 Civic EX

Finally got my ignition control module from Rock Auto. Popped it in and she started on the 1st crank . $60 and 10 minutes of work. YES!!!

Sure beats putting in a new distributor.
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