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Old 04-16-2012, 03:49 PM
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New dizzy or exhaust header?

So, as the title says I'm wondering which should be done first? My distributor has oil in the cap



On the other hand, my exhaust header is cracked and leaks a bit. Noticed it really bad when I used Seafoam and she seems to run rich. The flex tube is also rusted out pretty bad and welded to the rest of the exhaust so that'll be fun.



I can only do one at a time because funds are tight. My plan was to buy a cheap ebay header for now and pick up the new dizzy in a few weeks. Any input would be appreciated guys, I'm still learning
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

I had same kind of crack in my old F20B accord... it looked exactly like yours. those header are pretty thick so the crack migh not be necessarily through.. just hair crack on the surface of the header
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

when I did the Seafoam a few weeks back It showed just how much it leaks. I'm worried its making me run rich. When I start the car it faintly smells like gas under the hood and from the exhaust. It could just be an old o2 sensor but I've read a leak before the o2 can cause an engine to run slightly rich.
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

Howabout you just replace the 2 seals in the distributor.....


then replace the header
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

I thought changing the O-rings wont help with internal leaks? I read a good article about an internal seal replacement but the car is my DD and so I cant afford downtime. Figured swapping out with a new one would be fastest and easiest.
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

Then get a new distributor....


exhaust leaks always happen - that can at least wait a little longer
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

or have the manifold welded by a muffler shop, we have had several that cracked and we had welded in the same place.
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

Posting this again. Appears to be a very common problem.

How-To: Replace Internal Seal of Distributor (Internal Oil Leak) - Honda-Tech
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Re: New dizzy or exhaust header?

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Posting this again. Appears to be a very common problem.

How-To: Replace Internal Seal of Distributor (Internal Oil Leak) - Honda-Tech
haha yup, you were the one who showed me that originally. Great post, very informative. I'm thinking about a new plan of attack though. So, I found a site that will reimburse the price of the new dizzy IF I make a solid write up for it with tonnes of pictures and humor. But, the engine bay needs to look nice, and chances are better if I get a cute girl "mechanic" to do the install. So, I'm thinking about changing out all my coolant/vacuum lines with coloured ones, Wrap my wire looms with silicone, paint my valve cover, SS header, and a solid engine bay clean up. These are things I want to do anyways, its pretty inexpensive, and doing a write up for a simple dizzy install should be a breeze. I've found some thick wall silicone vacuum lines and was thinking Gates brand for my upper and lower rad hoses. What do you guys think?

After that, I'll pull my dizzy apart and fix it. I'm always up for learning new things like that but if I break it I'd rather have a replacement on hand
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