how do i find out what engine i have?


666
08-23-2003, 11:40 PM
Hi i recently bought a 1988 Honda Civic ... its a hatch back... the previous owner had no idea what type of engine it had or whether it was a Dx or whatever... can someone please tell me if there is anyways i can find out on my own what type of engine it has and whether its a DX or CX or whatever....

slammedcivicsi
08-23-2003, 11:46 PM
look on the block....right where the tranny meets the block. Below the valve cover to the left of the exhaust manifold. You will see a flat spot with a code on it.

If you a have a DX or CX you will have a D15B7 or something.......if you have an SI you will have a D16A6......but an easy way to see if you have an SI or a DX/CX is the intake manifold. If you have a big silver one and 4 injectors....you have an SI.....if you have a big round Black one....and 2 injectors....you have a DX/CX

-Brad

666
08-24-2003, 12:07 AM
thanks a lot .. i'lll look into that right away .... also .. can u tell me why i have only 4 gears + reverse ?

666
08-24-2003, 12:08 AM
Also i know for a fact that it is a 1.3 litre engine because thats what it said on the transfer of ownership document... and that is the only informatino about the vehicle on that document ...

slammedcivicsi
08-24-2003, 12:26 AM
where do you live ?.....you most likely have a CX....unless you live in Europe then you probably have the 1.3L Luxe with the D13B1

666
08-24-2003, 12:52 AM
i live in canada... but i figure the car is not from canada.. cos the odometer is in miles not km...

T-Mo
08-24-2003, 01:02 AM
The cluster could have been swapped in. How about you post some pics of this thing so that we can see. Could it possibly be a std. I know mine is a 4 speed Standard. Anyways welcome to the boards, and like I said b4 post some pics. :biggrin:

666
08-24-2003, 01:04 AM
thanks T-MO ....i'll try and get some pics tomorrow for sure.. when the light comes out ... ( its night time here) .. but yeah it is a 4 spd standard transmission .. i didn't know there were any that way .
anyways i'm off to bed... i really appreciate all the help you guys have given me ... nite

FourthGenHatch
08-24-2003, 01:36 AM
http://www.fourthgenhatch.com/photos/zc/zc-enginestamplocation.jpg

Bustamon
08-24-2003, 01:08 PM
If its a DX engine in the fourth gen. it should say D15B2 or B1. Mine says D15B2 and its an 88 DX.

666
08-24-2003, 01:12 PM
Yes YES... it says D15B1 .. so that means i have an 88 DX? .... ok FINALLY ... after all that trouble... i had to wipe off some hard grease to find that flat panel that shows the engine number.. damn this car was kept in bad condition.. hope i can give her a good home.. haha..

Alright now that i know what kind of engine i have i know what i can do to my car .. or what engine i'd like to swap in it ... |

thanks all of you .. i relaly appreciate your help .

GTA
08-24-2003, 02:29 PM
Its not a DX. the d15b1 comes in the STD (standard) engine. It is 70 HP.

EFStali
08-24-2003, 02:50 PM
just went and cleaned mine D15B2

666
08-24-2003, 02:57 PM
ok so i have a 1.3 litre... D15B1 STD 4 speed manual .... will this limit me from performing any mods? .. or would it be better to swap the engine and transmission entirely?

666
08-24-2003, 02:59 PM
just went and cleaned mine D15B2

EFStali ..... whats the best way to clean ur engine??

GTA
08-24-2003, 03:17 PM
ok so i have a 1.3 litre... D15B1 STD 4 speed manual .... will this limit me from performing any mods? .. or would it be better to swap the engine and transmission entirely?


definetly better to just swap the whole engien out.

Kunundrum
08-24-2003, 03:45 PM
Yeah swaping the engine is probably best since the 1.5l has only 70hp, I would sugest the ZC with the ZC or Si transmsission, keeping in mind you will need to change your wheels bearing with Si ones for the axles to fit.

Good luck with the car and welcome to the board, us Canucks are taking over :lol:

d16a6crx
08-24-2003, 04:49 PM
ok so i have a 1.3 litre... D15B1 STD 4 speed manual .... will this limit me from performing any mods? .. or would it be better to swap the engine and transmission entirely?

If you have a d15b1 its a 1.5L not 1.3L

The best way to get performance would be to swap in another engine.

666
08-24-2003, 04:52 PM
If you have a d15b1 its a 1.5L not 1.3L

The best way to get performance would be to swap in another engine.

alright thanks a lot man, any recommendations for engine swaps? based on your experiences...

Redline_civic91
08-24-2003, 07:31 PM
yeah get a b20 lol :evillol:

EFStali
08-24-2003, 07:50 PM
basicly what it comes down to is a little bit of elbow grease..took me all of 1 minute to clean the number plate

d16a6crx
08-24-2003, 08:52 PM
basicly what it comes down to is a little bit of elbow grease..took me all of 1 minute to clean the number plate

What motor you swap in depends on what motors you can find, and even more important, how much money you are willing to spend

some popular motors to swap in your car are:
d16a6 (108hp)
d16z6 (130hp)
b16a1 (160hp)
b18a1 (130hp)
b18b1 (140hp)
b18c1 (180hp?)
b18c5 (190hp?)
b20 (125?hp)
h22 (160-210hp?)

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