How to Change the Distributor Cap on a Honda Accord

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The distributor cap on your Honda Accord helps to transfer the high voltage power from the ignition coil to the spark plug wires. However, carbon traces and cracks on this plastic cap may develop after a period of service, which may cause engine performance problems. This guide will help you replace the cap on your Accord model and restore proper engine operation.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Ratchet, ratchet extension and 10mm socket if necessary
  • Correction fluid
  • 8mm socket or Phillips screwdriver
  • Distributor cap to housing seal if necessary

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Instructions

    Removing the Distributor Cap

  1. 1

    Make a note of the radio security code on your Honda Accord, if necessary. Follow the instructions on your car owner's manual.

  2. 2

    Remove the black negative battery cable using a wrench. This cable is identified on the battery with a minus sign next to the corresponding battery terminal.

  3. 3

    Remove the air filter housing if you have a 2.2L or 2.3L engine model. Use a ratchet, ratchet extension and 10mm socket to remove the two rear mounting bolts. Then reposition the housing to the side to gain access to the distributor cap.

  4. 4

    Number the spark plug wires plugged to the distributor cap using correction fluid. Then make a quick diagram of each wire mounting location on the distributor cap for easy reinstallation.

  5. 5

    Unplug the spark plug wires from the distributor cap.

  6. 6

    Unbolt the distributor cap using a ratchet, ratchet extension and 8mm socket or Phillips screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Remove the distributor cap from the vehicle, being careful not to damage the cap seal and rotor.

    Installing the Distributor Cap

  1. 1

    Examine closely the distributor cap's housing seal. If the seal is damaged or cracked, Jay Storer, in the Honda Accord Haynes Repair Manual, recommends replacing it.

  2. 2

    Set the distributor cap seal in place. Then set the new distributor cap in its mounting position.

  3. 3

    Tighten the distributor cap mounting bolts using the ratchet, ratchet extension and 8mm socket or Phillips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Plug the spark plug wires to the new distributor cap following your diagram.

  5. 5

    Install the air filter housing, if you have the 2.2L or 2.3L engine model. Use the ratchet, ratchet extension and 10mm socket.

  6. 6

    Connect the black negative battery cable using the wrench.

  7. 7

    Enter the radio security code following the instructions on your car owner's manual.

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