Honda Prelude Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Honda Prelude as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

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.

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.

On certain models the primary heated Oxygen sensor heater can fail and cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Replacing the Oxygen Sensor is will fix this problem.
On certain models the primary heated Oxygen sensor heater can fail and cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Replacing the Oxygen Sensor is will fix this problem.
On some models an overly sensitive transmission control module (TCM) along with contaminated transmission fluid can cause the Check Engine light (MIL) to illuminate. Flushing the transmission and replacing the TCM usually repairs this issue.

On certain models a faulty radiator fan motor can cause the AC not to cool properly. Replacing the faulty motor should correct this problem.

A seal in the 4 cylinder engine around the balance shaft tends to fall out, causing a large oil leak. There is a retaining device available to prevent the seal from falling out, which can be put in place during routine timing belt maintenance.

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.

On models with manual transmissions, an AC suction line can rub against a radiator support bracket and cause a leak. Replacing the line along with an updated bracket from Honda will correct the problem and prevent it from happening again.

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.

On certain models moisture can get into the rear wheel bearing and cause a noise. Replacing the rear bearing and hub will repair this problem.

On certain models the fuel fill door does not open far enough to clear the body. Installing an improved fuel door spring from Honda will fix this issue.

A front bearing failure in the alternator can cause a whining type noise in the engine area. Replacing the faulty bearing or the alternator will repair the problem.

On certain models one or both doors can be difficult to open from the inside due to an inner handle rod being too long. Replacing the rod with an updated rod from Honda will repair this problem.

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.