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Old 02-15-2011, 07:31 AM   #1
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Default HELP!!! ELD, CKS, ECM/PCM, Coil - No Spark

I have a 2001 CRV with 205000. In November I was riding home from work when the engine suddenly died. I checked around and discovered that there was no spark. I replaced the distributor cap and the ICM - still nothing. I then replace the ignition coil and it worked fine. The car ran well for a while, though was in need of new wires and plugs (it was about time for a tune-up). Well three weeks into the new aftermarket coil, and the engine did the exact same thing - suddenly died with no warning. This time I installed a heavy duty ignition coil, as well as changed the wires and plugs. Nothing, nada, zip. The engine cranks, but still no sparks. The engine light was not on, but I checked anyhow to see if there was a code. The computer read a p1298 code. My question - would an electrical load detector (ELD) failure cause the problems with the no sparking issue? Right now the only thing I have not replaced is the crankshaft position sensor (as the ohm readings are between 300-330 when tested in 20 degree weather, so I'm thinking they are within normal limits), or the distributor itself. Could this be a problem with the ecm/pcm, or would simply changing the ELD fix everything? Thoughts???
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Just changed the ELD which I removed from the engine fuse box of a 2000 crv. Still nothing. At this point it's either the ecm or distributor. Most of the tests I've been running from the 1997-2000 service manual seem to indicate the ecm - my only problem - the ohm from the cks where still about 20-30 below normal (though tested in cold weather). Still wonder though, if the ecm is bad - why did the car run again when the ignition coil was replaced, but now nothing is happening? Also the ecm I would need is 37820-phk-a03; will any ecm from a 2000-2001 crv with a mt and cruise control work? Some of the other ecm's I've seen have a phk-a53 or a65 code.
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Default Re: HELP!!! ELD, CKS, ECM/PCM, Coil - No Spark

Is the distributor rotor turning when you crank the engine? It may be the drive gear on the distributor is bad. They are nylon and do tend to get brittle and break!
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Default Re: HELP!!! ELD, CKS, ECM/PCM, Coil - No Spark

Did you ever sort this out? I'm dealing with the same thing, sorta.

No spark. Tested my ICM and it was dead. Replaced that and still no spark. I've read that when the ICM dies, it can often kill the ignition coil as well.. I guess I'll replace that tomorrow..
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Finally fixed the problem - turns out it was a bad ICM and coil. The problem I had was I bought a heavy duty ignition coil off of e-bay, thinking it would be better than OCM, so after I installed it I basically ruled out any difficulties with the coil. As it turns out, the coil I received was bad. Lesson learned - buy only genuine Honday parts!!! After replacing the coil and putting in another ICM it runs fine. It's at 212000, after replacing everything 7000 miles ago, and has not been a problem since.
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