1998-2002 Honda Accord Distributor Cap Replacement

This guide covers 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Honda Accord models.

Replace the distributor cap on your 98-02 4-cylinder Honda Accord.

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

Edit Step 1 Distributor Cap  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Before disconnecting the spark plug wires, be sure to trace their orientation from the individual cylinders back to the distributor cap.

Edit Step 1 Distributor Cap  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Disconnect the four spark plug wires from the distributor cap by pulling their connectors straight away from the sockets on the distributor cap.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use a 1/4" drive, 8 mm deep socket to remove the three hex bolts securing the distributor cap to the engine.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Pull the distributor cap away from the engine and set it aside.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use a dental pick or a small screwdriver to gently remove the D-shaped o-ring around the distributor cap flange.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • 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.

Conclusion

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

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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.

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