Ignition System – Civic ’92-95

by NinjaX on June 21, 2010

The ignition system applies to Honda Civic 1992-1995.


ECM or ECU has complete control of ignition timing. Timing is controlled in response to signals from various sensors. Input signals from TDC, CRANK and CYL, throttle angle, coolant temperature, and MAP sensors are all used by ECM to determine optimum ignition timing control.

Battery voltage is supplied through ignition switch to ignition coil and Ignition Control Module (ICM). ECM triggers ICM based upon signals from TDC, CRANK and/or CYL and other sensors. High voltage from ignition coil is distributed to each spark plug by distributor.


Disconnect 2-pin and 8-pin connectors from distributor. Disconnect spark plug wires and coil wire from distributor cap. Remove distributor hold-down bolts. Remove distributor from cylinder head. To install, coat NEW “O” ring with engine oil and put into place. To complete installation, reverse removal procedure. Set timing to specification.


Ensure ignition switch is in OFF position. Remove distributor cap, cap seal and leak cover. Remove 2 screws to disconnect Black/Yellow and White/Blue wires from coil primary terminals. Remove 2 mounting screws. Slide ignition coil out of distributor housing.


  1. Timing marks are on timing belt cover and crankshaft pulley. Start and warm engine to normal operating temperature (cooling fan comes on). Connect timing light.
  2. Ignition timing check connector is located behind passenger-side kick panel. See Fig. 5 . Connect jumper wire between Brown and Black wire terminals.
  3. Check ignition timing and adjust to specification, if necessary. To adjust, loosen distributor hold-down bolts and turn distributor housing counterclockwise to advance or clockwise to retard timing. Align pointer with Red timing mark.
  4. Tighten distributor hold-down bolts to 16 ft. lbs. (22 N.m). Recheck timing. Remove jumper wire from ignition timing check connector.


  • 1.5L Engine (D15B7):
    • Automatic tranny: 16 @ 650-750
    • Manual tranny: 16 @ 620-720
  • 1.5L Engine (D15B8): 12 @ 620-720
  • 1.5L Engine (D15Z1): 16 @ 550-650
  • 1.6L Engine (B16A3): 16 @ 650-750
  • 1.6L Engine (D16Z6):
    • Automatic tranny: 16 @ 650-750
    • Manual tranny: 16 @ 620-720


  • Distributor Retaining Nuts: 18 (24)
  • Mounting Nuts: 16 (22)
  • Oxygen Sensor (O2S) 33 (45)
  • Service Bolt 16 (22)
  • Throttle Body Mounting: Nuts 16 (22)

Got questions or comments on the ignition system for Honda Civic 1992-1995? Leave them below!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert November 8, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I have search near and far and watched tons of YouTube videos and just cannot find an answer for my issue. I have a 1995 Honda Civic DX 1.5L non vtec. I want to check the RPMs my car puts out, so I can adjust the timing AND the idler. My car is NOT equipped with a RPM gauge, but I purchased a handheld from the store and the handheld tells me to hook up the green connector to the positive terminal of my ignition coil. But here is the thing, my ignition coil is seal on the inside of my distributor and it is IMPOSSIBLE to hook up the green connector. I have actually tried to close the distributor cap with the screen wire going through and it will not seal. I have also tried looking at the little window hole in the distributor cap to go that way, but the rotor is in the way and the test cannot be performed. I have studied my car backwards and forwards to find a place to hook up this handheld tachometer, but it CANNOT be done! Any thoughts or suggestions?

Kwame Afari June 13, 2013 at 5:36 am

Hello friend unscrew the three screws that hold the distributor cup to the distributor assembly. Take the cap off and on the ignition coil you will see the positive point on it. Rout ur wire to that point and ur rev counter will work.

Robert October 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm

But in order to get a ready on a tachometer, you need to turn the car on and it needs to be running. If the distributor cap is taken off, than there will be no spark, since the spark wires are attached to the distributor cap.

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