Replacing the Distributor Without Using a Timing Light (Honda Civic 1999 D15B)

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Introduction: Replacing the Distributor Without Using a Timing Light (Honda Civic 1999 D15B)

About: Update 12 September 2017: A very special thanks to Sam Elder, a manager here at Instructables, who tracked down the cause of my lost publications and fixed the issue. Take a bow Sam!

Continuing with my preventative maintenance program on my car, the 16 year old distributor in the engine will be changed out to a new unit in this instructable.

As per the Honda service manual, I began with the removal of the OEM distributor.

This instructable is about a distributor replacement without having to use a timing light to get the ignition timing as with the oem distributor.

Step 1: Removing the OEM Distributor.

I put a line on two of the distributor mounting flanges and then I took off the spark plug wires. Luckily the pics I took will guide me to put the wires back into place for the new one.

I removed the connector by prying the holding clip on the metal bracket.

Using the metal bracket I took measurements on the top and left bolt washers. The top bolt washer is 5mm from the flange edge. The left one is 7mm. Again I used the metal bracket on the distributor to steady my measuring tape.

Three bolts to remove and the distributor pulled out of the engine camshaft easily.

Step 2: Comparing the Old and New.

They look more or less identical. I'm happy that new distributors are still on sale via Amazon.

Before installing the new distributor I made sure to turn the shaft to line up as with the oem. See the last pic for that.

Step 3: Installing the New Distributor.

I used a rag to clean the area around the camshaft. I put some oil on the o rings and slotted the new distributor in place. Using the measuring tape I made sure to get the bolts and flange edges identical to the oem position.

Step 4: Completion and Testing.

The electrical connector needs to be mated first with both halves then slid into the metal support bracket. After putting back the spark plug wires, I cranked her up and she works perfectly!

No need to spend money on a one use timing light! I hope this instructable has been helpful to fellow civic folks.

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