1997 Honda civic lx won't start after headgasket change. Messed with the timing a little.

Asked by Nov 19, 2014 at 03:02 PM about the 1997 Honda Civic LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

1997 Honda Civic LX crank no start.
Long story short, Car begins to over
heat, (replaced radiator) headgasket
blew. (Wouldn't start, but started
after a long crank) white smoke from
muffler. Replaced headgasket, no
start. Messed with the timing by
turning the crankshaft counter
clockwise. No specific reason. I've
also replaced fuel pump and filter,
distributor, spark plug wires (has
spark) I can hear fuel pump prime an
fuel injectors fetting fuel when in
start. I tightend my head the right
way. (I can hear a buzzing sound
coming from the starter area) I put a
new battery, battery terminals,
battery fuze. Still just cranks but no
start. I just wanna know if I should go
ahead an replace my thermostat,
timing belt and water pump. Haven't
felt like a boss in my car for about 8
weeks now :( please help
1997 Honda Civic LX

2 Answers


did you get the engine timed after you changed the distributor

Best Answer Mark helpful

No I havnt had any timing work done yet but I've tested for (and have) spark and fuel

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