Recently, I started my 2001 CRV A/T to warm it up after almost a week of not driving; while vehicle was idling, I took out the air filter and dusted it.
Then, the engine died while the air filter was out! And wouldn't start back up.
Diagnosis: Dead ignition coil. Sadly, I couldn't get to remove just the ignition coil because the screw holding the rotor down was totally rusted. Thus, I ended up changing the whole distributor with a used replacement but didn't set the ignition timing yet.
Engine started after this but with some rough idling, then died once I pressed the accelerator; would start up hours later and die once accelerator was pressed.
As I couldn't get a timing gun, I set the ignition timing (after jumping the SCS connector) using the Torque app on my phone while advancing and retarding the distributor unit till I got the recommended value of 16 degrees (+ or - 2)- as below:
However, once I pressed the accelerator again, the engine went off and I couldn't start up. The spike, dip and zero value happened when I throttled.
I later remembered I didn't reconnect the SCS before throttling this time around. I presume it will start-up later on in the day, as before. I hope.
However, if I reconnect the SCS and throttle but the engine still goes off, what might the cause?
Thanks for your help.
P.S. Sorry for the long story.