Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car turns over but doesn't start.

asked by on

Need help getting my car started. It turns over, but won't start.

A: There could be several reasons behind why y...

There could be several reasons behind why your Honda Prelude will not start. A simple test you can try first yourself is to turn the key to the ON position (do not start the car) and see if the check engine light comes on. If this light does not come on, this could mean the main relay has gone bad. This is one of the more common reasons a Honda won’t start. If the light does come on, it will need to be inspected by a certified mechanic for diagnosis.

A few other things to consider as to why your Prelude will not start include reasons such as that the engine ground straps may have a bad connection and need to be cleaned. Another issue could be caused by lack of fuel and spark, a possible timing belt failure or even a crank shaft position sensor failure. As you can see, the cause of a non-starting car can be one or more of these many conditions, therefore you need a certified mechanic to inspect the starting system of your vehicle and determine exactly what is causing your Prelude not to 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・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Choke not releasing upon cold startup.

Hello, the choke relies on 12v heating element, as it heats up it allows the idle speed cam to lower, allowing the idle speed to decrease as the car warms up. If the heating element has failed it will cause...

Q: new rear air bag shocks wont adjust to height regulation, passenger rear side is low.

The air compressor or a leak in the pneumatic system filling the air bags are common concerns for your type of vehicle. If you have performed the work on your own, check your work and make sure all connections are...

Q: coolant evaporating very quickly

Hello. If the coolant continues to go low then there is a problem with the vehicle. It can be an external leak or the engine may have an internal failure which is causing the coolant to burn off. Since you...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...
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.