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This writeup/DIY is for a 96-00 Honda Civic DX with the D16Y7 SOHC Non-VTEC engine fuel filter replacement and tune up. This however will work just the same for the 96-00 D16Y8 engine as the part numbers are identical. The methods involved are compatible however for almost any Honda/Acura 4 cylinder engine from 88-00 as the firing orders are the same and most of the parts are in like places. If you have any comments or questions feel free to post them. I also take criticism very well and am open to it. I’m just hear to spread the knowledge and help you save some money while learning in the process. Let’s begin.

FUEL FILTER

Tools Needed:
Socket Wrench and sockets – 10mm, 17mm
Shop rags
Line wrench (Gearwrench not required) or combination wrench - 14mm
(I show my box of Gearwrench sockets because I prefer them but they are not required)



Parts Needed:
Fuel Filter - 16010-S01-A32(I didn’t use the Honda one but a similar part from Advance)
4 Spark plugs – NGK ZFR5F-11 or ZFR5FGP (platinum) or your preferred plug
Distributor Cap - 30102-P54-006 (includes three 8mm bolts and dist. gasket)
Distributor Rotor - 30103-P08-003
Spark plug wire set - 32722-P2F-A03 (includes wire clips and holder)



I usually don’t use any other parts for ignition other than Honda OEM parts. I usually get them from a dealership that sells on eBay. If you search for Honda Civic tune up you’ll find them. I got the spark plugs, cap, rotor, wires, oil filter and drain plug washer for about $100 shipped as a set. I bought the fuel filter locally at Advance for around $22 along with the platinum plugs for about $12 total. The set comes with 4 copper resistor plugs but I prefer the platinums and they are usually only a dollar more a plug than the copper.

Here’s what your engine bay should look like. The fuel filter is on the firewall on the back left of the photo next to the battery. The distributor is on the left side of the engine above the transmission and the plug wires are across the engine in the front. I’ve removed the air box assembly with the “snorkel” air cleaner tube in this photo. This isn’t required but does make the process a bit smoother and easier to access everything.



Here’s a close up of the fuel filter. You’ll notice on the top is a 17mm bolt and on the bottom is a 14mm fuel line fitting. These are two you will need to remove along with the 10mm bracket bolt to remove the fuel filter.

 

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Step 1
You’ll want to release any pressure you’ve built up in the fuel system. One of the easiest ways is to remove the gas cap and allow any excess pressure to be released. Some models have a service bolt (usually 12 or 10mm on top of the top bolt) that can be removed to relieve pressure but this model didn’t so you will have some leakage. So you’ll also need to place a shop rag under the fuel filter. I also placed on on the battery to prevent arching, you can however disconnect the battery but remember to write down your radio code as this will reset it (for some reason it doesn’t on my model).




Step 2
Using your 17mm socket wrench (or a 17mm combination wrench can be used as well) remove the top bolt. If you are having a hard time or the filter holder is twisting to much another combination wrench may be used under this bolt on the bolt shaped portion to keep the filter in place. I didn’t need to do this.
Once you have loosened the bolt notice that the bolt has a washer under the head on top of the fuel line fitting and one under the fitting. Your new filter should come with two new crush washers, so make sure you have new ones as if you reuse these they may or may not seal. You’ll notice also in the bag a third smaller crusher washer. This washer is for the service bolt if your model is so equipped but won’t be used in this application.




Step 3
Using your 14mm combination or line wrench loosen your bottom 14mm line bolt.



Step 4
On the back side of the filter housing there is a 10mm bolt holding the swing portion of the bracket clasp. Take your socket wrench and short extension and remove this bolt. After this you should be able to pull your older filter out. More gas will probably pour out.



[Step 5]
Place your new filter into the bracket. Screw the bottom 14mm line back into the filter by hand making sure not to cross thread it and then tighten it with the wrench. Then attach the swing bracket to the holder and replace your 10mm bolt back into place and tighten.



Step 6

Now take your top 17mm bolt and two crush washers and place them as so pictured onto the fuel line fitting. Screw the bolt back on to 25 ft/lbs of torque. Now you’re done make sure all your bolts are tight and then check for leaks by turning the igntion to accessory a few times. After you are sure of no leaks crank the car and confirm there are no leaks. Congrats!

 

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TUNE UP

Tools Needed:
Socket Wrench and sockets – 8mm,spark plug socket
Extra long extension for socket wrench
Phillips head screw driver (not pictured)
(I show my box of Gearwrench sockets because I prefer them but they are not required)



Parts Needed:
4 Spark plugs – NGK ZFR5F-11 or ZFR5FGP (platinum) or your preferred plug
Distributor Cap - 30102-P54-006 (includes three 8mm bolts and dist. gasket)
Distributor Rotor - 30103-P08-003
Spark plug wire set - 32722-P2F-A03 (includes wire clips and holder)




Its good to get a view of how things are routed on the ignition portion of this write up. Mostly because one of the largest mistakes made when doing tune ups is placing the plug wires in the wrong order thereby causing the car not to start or to run poorly. Here’s a firing order diagram of how it should be on any 4 cylinder Honda/Acura with plug wires.





Also the OEM plug wires are labeled with which number they are as well as the manufactured date as well. These are from 2002.

 

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Lets begin

Step 1
Begin by taking each of the plug wires one by one and twist it side to side to break it loose from the plug. Then pull up and out. At this point leave the other ends on the distributor cap as we will use this to match up our new set. On the last holder pull up and it will release it from the bracket.




Step 2
Now you’ll need to remove the 3 8mm bolts holding on the distributor cap. There are two here


And one here
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Now remove the 3 bolts using your socket wrench and 8mm socket and pull off and now you’ll see your rotor.




Step 3
Look at the rotor there should be a phillips head screw holding it on. At this point if you don’t see the screw you’ll have to do one of two things. One is turn your crank pulley until the screw is face up. Or using the key crank your car over quickly until the screw is face up. Here’s what it should like.



Now taking your screwdriver remove the screw. If it won’t come off that easy DO NOT STRIP IT or use a drill. Insert the screwdriver tightly in the screw and take a wrench on the handle and turn it ensuring you don’t loose the screw.



Now place your new rotor on (it’ll only go on one way) and replace the screw ensuring it is tight. I used the screw driver wrench combo to do this.
 

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Step 4

Now laying your old cap and wires beside your new cap and rotor attach the wires to the cap in the same order as your old ones. This photo shows your new cap with new 8mm bolts and disributor gasket.



Taking a small screw driver, pick tool or your fingernail remove the old gasket and place the new one back in place, it’ll only go on one way. No sealant is needed.



Place your new cap on the distributor, replace the 3 8mm bolts and tighten. We’ll replace the spark plugs then attach the wires afterwards. They’ll only reach one way so don’t worry at this point about messing them up.

Step 5

Taking your socket wrench and spark plug socket begin by removing one plug at a time and replacing it. This way you’ll have less of a chance of dropping anything down into the holes.



Here’s a comparison of the old plug (left), new OEM plug (center) and new Platinum plug (right). You can see that about half the electrode is worn down on the old plug but it looks like a good color (not real white, no black, no oil). You’ll want to at this point if you use the center plug (copper) to gap it using a ramp style gapper or wire gapper. If you are using the platinum plug you can check gap but don’t gap it as you could wear off the platinum on the tip. The gap should be .044” (+.004”/-.004”).



Now taking one plug at a time place the plug into the spark plug socket and slowly lower it down into the hole ensuring not to drop it as it could gap the plug smaller. Hand tighten the plug and torque the plug to 13 ft/lb. Repeat with the other 3 plugs.



Now you can place the plug wires onto the spark plugs ensuring they clip onto the plug. Clip the plug clip on the bracket. Your done! Replace your airbox if you removed it. Check your work area under the hood and crank the car to ensure all is well and go for a test drive. You just saved a grip of $$$ and you can brag to your family that you accomplished something.

 

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Thanks for the writeup! Just did plugs, wires, distributor cap and rotor the other week. :biggrin:

PS Nice gear wrench set, I have the same one.
 

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Nice write up, hit the basics. Honda service manual recommends adjusting valve clearances every 30K, too, definitely worth doing (plenty of write ups about that here already).
 

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nice info, thanks, very informative
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