Have you ever wondered why the engines of Honda vehicles run smoothly?
Honda is known as a world leader in engine technology and people have
come to expect Honda engines to perform well. The smooth performance of
Honda engines, however, does not rely on the engines alone. Of course
we can easily point out the perfectly timed movement of the engine's
piston for this smooth performance. But have you ever wondered what
causes the pistons to move in such a perfect timing?
The main culprit behind the perfect movement of each piston in
Honda engines are the various components of their ignition system. One
of the most important components in this system is the Honda
distributor. The distributor is that particular ignition system device
that distributes, in the correct firing order, pulses of high-voltage
electricity to the spark plugs in the engine's cylinders. In a typical
distributor set-up, the ignition coil, through its cable, delivers high-voltage
electricity to the distributor's rotor. The rotor
would then spin, driven by the engine's camshaft, and its tip would
pass through a series of contacts in the distributor cap. As the rotor
arm's tip passes each contact, the high-voltage pulse on the rotor
would cross the small gap between the tip and the contact. Such voltage
is then delivered to the proper spark plug through a spark plug wire
connected to the contact.
On older distributor-type ignition systems, there is another
mechanism on the bottom half of the distributor that controls the
timing of the high-voltage electric pulses. This mechanism includes the
breaker point or contact point which opens and closes to interrupt the
current in the coil. But since spark timing is very critical to
the engine's performance, modern distributor systems have replaced the
said mechanism with a transistor controlled by the engine control unit
(ECU) computer. Many modern ignition systems don't even use a
distributor for spark timing; instead, the engine management computer
tells the coil when to fire.
Now, if your Honda's engine has started to run rather poorly,
can you instantly say that it's the Honda distributor that causes the
problem? Of course not! If your Honda is quite new, it may not even
have a distributor at all. In such cases, you better ask your mechanic
to check on your vehicle's engine and other associated vehicle
components first. If it is indeed the distributor that is causing the
problem, then you know where to get your replacement Honda distributor
— Parts Train. Here at Parts Train, we have a wide selection of Honda
distributors for every Honda vehicle that uses one.