Introduction

Use this guide to replace your 4-cylinder Honda Accord's distributor cap. 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

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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Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

I need to do this procedure. Have never done this in years. Next time I will change my wires, plugs and now my distributor cap.

Thurman - Reply

Where can I find the part number?

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