Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: 1992 Honda Prelude cranking, but not starting

asked by on

My car cranks, but won't start. When I try to start it, smoke comes out of the exhaust. The problem started after I drove through some standing water on the highway during a rainstorm.

A: Hello. It sounds like your car may have su...

Hello. It sounds like your car may have sucked up some water into the engine. I would recommend blowing out the water with compressed air as soon as possible. If the water sits in the engine for too long it will rust components internally resulting in a complete engine replacement. A YourMechanic technician will be able to verify if the engine is in fact hydrolocked by inspecting the combustion chamber and also inspect why your vehicle wont start.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: When turning left, car dies

Hello. This is a very rare and strange problem to have in a car. My thought is that something is putting too much load on the car when you are turning left. A load is when a component of the...

Q: 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...

Q: CV axle

Hello. There are a few possible issues going on here. First thing is that when you reinstalled the axle, you may have damaged the speed sensor or you may have caused internal transmission damage. Hopefully this did not occur. ...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.