Introduction

Use this guide to replace your Honda Accord's distributor rotor. This specific guide was created for a non-VTEC F23A5 engine, but other 4-cylinder Honda engines will be similar enough to follow the same basic steps. You may have to remove the engine cover in later Accord models.

Image 1/3: The cylinders are ordered from left to right when viewing the engine from the front of the car, with cylinder #1 being closest to the passenger side of the vehicle. Image 2/3: Mark the order of the spark plug wires on the new distributor cap with a silver sharpie marker -- it will make reinstallation much easier. Image 3/3: Mark the order of the spark plug wires on the new distributor cap with a silver sharpie marker -- it will make reinstallation much easier.
  • Before disconnecting the spark plug wires, be sure to trace their orientation from the individual cylinders back to the distributor cap.

  • The cylinders are ordered from left to right when viewing the engine from the front of the car, with cylinder #1 being closest to the passenger side of the vehicle.

  • Mark the order of the spark plug wires on the new distributor cap with a silver sharpie marker -- it will make reinstallation much easier.

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Image 1/1: It may be helpful to slightly twist the wires as you pull them.
  • Disconnect the four spark plug wires from the distributor cap by pulling their connectors straight away from the sockets on the distributor cap.

  • It may be helpful to slightly twist the wires as you pull them.

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Image 1/2: The position of the third bolt is not visible in the second picture. Image 2/2: The position of the third bolt is not visible in the second picture.
  • Use a 1/4" drive, 8 mm deep socket to remove the three hex bolts securing the distributor cap to the engine.

  • The position of the third bolt is not visible in the second picture.

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  • Pull the distributor cap away from the engine and set it aside.

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Image 1/2: Install a new o-ring in the seal recess, making sure that it is sitting flush against the flange. Image 2/2: Install a new o-ring in the seal recess, making sure that it is sitting flush against the flange.
  • Use a dental pick or a small screwdriver to gently remove the D-shaped o-ring around the distributor cap flange.

  • Install a new o-ring in the seal recess, making sure that it is sitting flush against the flange.

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  • Remove the single #2 Phillips screw securing the distributor rotor to the shaft.

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Image 1/2: When installing the new distributor rotor, press it onto the shaft with the screw holes aligned axially. Image 2/2: When installing the new distributor rotor, press it onto the shaft with the screw holes aligned axially.
  • Pull the distributor rotor straight off its shaft, being careful not to rotate the shaft as you remove it.

  • When installing the new distributor rotor, press it onto the shaft with the screw holes aligned axially.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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4 Comments

In Step 6, the Phillips screw holding the distributor rotor in place is stuck and it won't turn for me. Any advice on removing that screw, when it is stuck in place? This is on a 1997 Honda Accord LX, non VTEC. Thanks...

CheeseHead1 - Reply

Get a punch screwdriver. It's a tool that as hit the top it twist. Be care full not to hit to hard. Or if u can fit a angle die grinder cut one line through top part of screw. Use a big flat head screwdriver. Do not cut top of bolt too deep stop right before u get to the bottom of the head of bolt

dbo240 - Reply

The screw attaching my rotor is missing. 2001 crv do you know the size?

Trish - Reply

What size is that little screw that holds the distributor rotor?

Francisco Ramirez - Reply

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