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    1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    At approximately 330K miles, the original distributor of my 1988 Accord LXi hatchback blew up, top fuel style. Opened the hood after it quit and there were parts of it strewn about. Absolutely NO issues electrically with the car up to that point. Bought a replacement distributor from O'Riely's with a lifetime warrantee (thankfully!). The first one didn't work at all. Took it back, and the second worked for a while. Car began running poorly. #3 ran better for a while, then hard starting. #4 is in right now and car won't start. No spark. I've heard the ignitor is the issue. I'm at my wits end here and need to get a reliable distributor installed. Car runs like a top and need to get it running as it still gets 30+MPG. TIA



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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    Not much you can do about shitty dizzies, Id keep using that warranty. Only other option for fuel injected guys is a megajolt or obd1 conversion

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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    Thanks ShiRen. I went to MegaJolt's site for a quick look. What are the conversions you mentioned? Very interested, as I don't want to put my LXi to pasture due to a stupid distributor issue.

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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    https://www.3geez.com/forum/showthre...version-Thread

    Snooz is in the process of this. He just started a few days ago so dont wait for him but maybe you two could work together on a solution.

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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    Very cool project he has going and I'm very interested. Knee deep in projects here, so going to keep trying the warrantee deal. At some point will give the dist elimination deal a go I'm sure

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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    O'Riely's distributor #5 is actually working pretty good. Aside from an odd, below the powerband stumble when lugging the engine, all is well. I'm watching with great interest Snooz's project page, and am looking for Escort parts.

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    Re: 1988 Accord LXi Distributor Woes

    Yeah, I can't wait to see where that ends up also, lol. I wonder when he'll get around to the project? Did he mention that he's currently remodeling a bathroom, replacing the siding on his house, getting an '89 Suburban rehabilitated so he can flip it, trying to get his 90 Chevy C3500 + Lance truck camper running again so he can take a vacation (and probably flip it too) and house sitting for a family with a needy dog? The fun never ends at Casa Snooz!
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