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1998 Honda CR-V 2.0 hard to start- backfires

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1998 Honda CR-V 2.0 hard to start- backfires
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  HondaPlatinum replied 6 years ago.

Is the check engine light on?When was the timing belt done last?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Hi no check engine light- was told blet was done at maint interval (90,000?) Has 140,000 now. Once engine starts runs well- I was thibking the dist. could be tghe problem?
Expert:  HondaPlatinum replied 6 years ago.
Ok this could be a few different issues but a backfire is usally ignition timing distributor ,cap ,rotor wires etc.Or the timing belt itself has jumped but if it runs perfectly smooth when it runs then the timing belt should be good.Also there are alot of issue with these crvs burning valves and the valves being overtight.Last could be a clogged cat.These are what need to be checked next,start with the distributor.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
OK- as it runs perfect once it starts I am thinking the valves and exhaust not likely the cause- will go with dist- are all the electronics in the dist is there a seperate contol module- Nick
Expert:  HondaPlatinum replied 6 years ago.

No problem ,if you ever need anything else let me know.


Positive feedback greatly appreciated.


There is also an ignition switch recall on this car but it will cause it to stall out then restart.

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