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Honda Prelude Problems

Brakes -- Verified

The front brake rotors can warp and cause a vibration when braking. The rotors will need to be machined or in cases where they are worn to thin, replaced to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

On some models the manual transmission fifth gear can grind on upshift due to a misaligned fifth shift fork. The transmission will have to be removed and disassembled and  the fifth gear, the fifth sleeve set and the fifth gear shift fork will have to be replaced to repair this issue.

Brakes -- Verified

A faulty brake master cylinder reservoir filter can cause the brake system indicator to illuminate after a cold start and then go off. Replacement of the reservoir filter will commonly fix this problem.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

A clunk noise can develop from the rear due to upper damper spacers compressing over time. Installing new damper collars is required to stop the noise.

Suspension & Steering -- Verified

On some models a jingling noise from the rear can be heard due to uninsulated damper mounts. Both rear damper mounts will need to be insulated to quiet the noise.

Honda Prelude Recalls (Recent)

Body, Interior & Misc., May 19, 1995

Summary: THE FRONT SAFETY BELT BUCKLE RELEASE BUTTONS CAN BREAK. THESE RED PLASTIC RELEASE BUTTONS ARE MARKED "PRESS." IF A BUTTON BREAKS, PIECES CAN FALL INTO THE BUCKLE ASSEMBLY CAUSING THE BUCKLE TO OPERATE IMPROPERLY.

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Electrical & Lights, June 14, 2002

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The electrical contacts in the ignition switch may be worn. This may cause the engine to stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the ignition switch to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin by June 14, 2002.

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Electrical & Lights, March 7, 2005

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Honda has recalled 1997-2001 Prelude, 1999-2002 Accord, and 1999-2000 Acura TL models because the ignition switch interlock may fail. If this happens, the key will be removable before the engine is in the "Park" position, which could cause the vehicle to roll and crash. Dealers will confirm interlock function and vehicles will receive an updated interlock lever free of charge.

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Suspension & Steering, May 17, 1999

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The ball joints in the front suspension may prematurely wear out. The ball joints could break in severe circumstances, which may cause an accident. Dealers will replace the front suspension lower ball joints. This recall is expected to begin by May 17, 1999.

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Honda Prelude Questions and Answers

Jonni210, 1990 Honda Prelude, Detroit, MI

I was wondering what the usual cost is for a 1986 honda prelude si 2.0 engine, and what it would cost to be replaced. They engine was over worked wich caused ti to overheat and now it's floode...

j_sulin, 1990 Honda Prelude, Tomball, TX

I have a 1989 Prelude,the problem is i lose power to the fuel pump at ignition.I have power at start and the engine will start for that few seconds but when key comes back to ignition I lose power....

povicki, 1990 Honda Prelude, Riverside, CA

I have a 1989 Honda Prelude SI. I have repaced the master clutch cylinder and found i had a leak in the clutch pressure hose and replaced that. I cannot get pressure to the clutch pedal. It goes...

APR, 1990 Honda Prelude, 2.1L 4 Cylinder, Modesto, CA

I have a 1990 Honda Prelude and the lenses won't lower themselves after I shut the lights off; where should I begin to look for the problem?

Pruludeguyj, 1990 Honda Prelude, 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Austin, TX

i have an 88 honda prelude 2.0 si 4ws automatic, i am not getting any electrcity to any part of the car, ive got a new battery, alt, starter, cables and i am lost on what is causeing it. all my fus...

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Honda Prelude Reviews

I have owned over 20 vehicles and my 1991 prelude is one of the best to drive. Handles amazing and is all around excellent. Only complaint would be my automatic transmission shifts a little hard.

i love my honda prelude si h23 with 4 ws...it has a coolant leak, and a couple oil leaks.... i really want to keep it but im a female that is only slightly mechanically inclined.... the four wheel steering turns off and the car starts to act slightly sluggish when its really hot outside... the car is so amazing when its a cold day outside, 4ws works it runs brand new can it be the oil leaks and the coolant leak.,.... i would love to keep the car its the best car ive drivin,,,, - woman who loves her prelude???

My 1995 Honda Prelude brake lights and blinkers will not work when my headlights are on. I really enjoy this car...love the body style and interior. I have only had this car for 2 months.

Ok, Almost a year later, after buying my 2000 Prelude(base model),my 2nd Honda...I made a second trip back in June (2011) back home to Ohio! I Drove my Prelude to & thru Nashville,TN (to visit & have dinner with Steve(& his wife),the man I baught it from), then up to S.Ohio, then upto N.Ohio! Round-trip...I ended up putting almost 2,700 miles on it, and she was fantastic! Air & cc worked beautifully! The body has 167,000 miles, and only about 6,000 on the rebuilt motor! Great cars!!! Thanks! Don, TX

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