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Brakes noise
A scratching or scraping noise when hitting the brakes is the first sign that your brakes are worn out and may have hit "metal to metal", meaning there is no brake pad left and you need new brake pads. A...
Jumped timing
Typically when the word jumped time is used, this means the timing belt is the issue. According to my information system, this motor is an interference motor. Which means when the belt breaks, it damages the pistons and valves. This...
Rumbling while accelerating on a 2001 Honda Prelude
It could be a lot of things. If you are talking about the steering wheel shaking, it can be tire out of balance, it can be a bad tire that's got a rip or tear, the belts could be broken...
all lights on the left side of my car wont work
The rear lights share the same power and the same ground so these may be bulb issues. The front lights, however, have the same power but different grounds. The grounds for the left side is in the left front corner...
My radio has power but is not turning on
Hello there. A few different faults can cause the radio to cut off like this when it is powered up. The most common would be a voltage spike from when it was plugged in. Other potential issues include a shorted...
Sunroof stuck
While the information provided on the Honda Prelude is a bit limited, my experience with this car leads me to believe that the tilt function on the sunroof has stopped operating correctly. If the sunroof can open and close...
A/c pulley bypassed Now it has a knocking sound but doesn't sound internal? timing was done at 180k
Hello there, a variety of faults will cause a knocking noise in the engine. The most common would be a belt tensioner, idler, engine rods, engine bearings, low oil pressure/level, power steering pump, or alternator. With so many possibilities the...
Timing belt broke.
Hi, thanks for writing in. This engine is listed as an interference motor. This means the engine is likely to bend the valves if the timing belt breaks. The only way to verify if the valves are bent is to...
Violent shifting
Hi there. Sounds to me as if your vehicle is having issues with its transmission. This usually points towards an internal problem. Your transmission is made up of multiple gears and solenoids inside. If one of these components is malfunctioning...
over revving and gears bang in hard each time
Hello there, thanks for writing in about your 1997 Honda Prelude. Your engine will not cause the transmission to slip and shift hard. You will need to have the transmission checked for proper pressures and shift solenoid operation. This could...
Car overheating in heat
These vehicles have electric radiator fans. If the fan is not working I would recommend having the system inspected by a qualified technician. This inspection will include checking fuses, relays, wiring, connectors, and the fan itself. The most likely cause...
Won't shift into 5th or reverse
Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1994 Honda Prelude. Go back to the shift linkages and check the integrity of the connections. Any looseness here will result in misalignment problems changing gears. Have this shifting problem inspected in...
Car Lights, 1992 Honda Prelude
Hi there. There is a meter fuse under your dashboard that will likely be a 15 amp fuse. Check all of these just to be sure, but you will likely see one that is burnt out. This is a relatively...
What causes the passenger side wheel to wobble as if loose when braking?
It is possible that you may have a lug nut loose. However, if this were the case, the wheel would wobble at all speeds and not just when braking. This may be more likely related to a warped brake rotor....
Car won't start in hot weather
One possible cause of this issue could be the ignition control module or ignitor. Once they age, they are very susceptible to heat and temperature. Another possibility could be a main relay as well. Fault codes should be read...
Car makes cricket type sounds
If the noise is coming from the front of the engine in the drive belt area, then quite possibly one of the engine peripherals such as the alternator, power steering pump, or AC compressor is at fault. An engine...
Clutch sticks to floor and won't release
This is an indication of either a clutch hydraulic system that needs to be filled or bled, or a defective clutch pressure plate. The clutch hydraulic fluid level needs to be checked and the clutch hydraulics bled to...
What direction are threads on harmonic balancer bolt?
The bolt is threaded counter clockwise. It is usually torqued extremely tight. Generally air tools are required to remove this bolt.
The heater, radio and rear defroster stopped working. Check all fuses and they were fine. what else could it be?
If all of these issues began at the same time, it is possible that you have a bad ignition switch. Heat, Air Conditioning and I believe the radio are only powered with the key in the ON position. They will...
Car shuts off while driving
Hello. Most of the time if the car just shuts right off then it is caused by a main relay that is failing or a distributor issue. I usually start by determining if the engine is losing spark or fuel...

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