Honda Prelude Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Honda Prelude

Honda Prelude Problems

Warped Front Brake Rotors May Cause Vibration When Braking

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.

Misaligned Fifth Shift Fork May Cause Transmission to Grind on Upshift

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.

Compressed upper damper spacers may cause clunking noise

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.

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Honda Prelude Questions

My 98 just shuts off in the middle of me driving I can be going 45 to 60 mph an it will just shut off on me and of not that if I pump the gas befor I shuts of it may or may not shut off. I replaced fuel pump an terminals and added water to the battery (1 answer)

Haven't replaced battery or positive cable . Sometimes it starts after ten try's sometimes it will start first try. When I try to play radio or charge phone or leave driver door open that's when I seem to think I just shuts off " that also is the case when cars running " if ...

i replaced the fuel pump and no the car runs but it revs up then drops back down then up and so on why is this happening (1 answer)

In stop n go traffic the check engine lite can on, car started running really bad, tried to keep it going, died, started 1 more time, could not get out of park, never to start again. (1 answer)

Was blocking left lane on fwy. Police pushed me to safety. The only way to get shifter out of park is to use the Shiftlock Release. Does anyone have a clue?

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Honda Prelude Recalls

Honda Recalls 1997-2002 Due to Ignition Switch Interlock Failure

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.

The Ignition Switch May Fail

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.

Premature Ball Joint Wear

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 Reviews

This is A sweet car to have and will soon be A collectors item?
260,000 miles and I still drive it daily. Best car I've ever owned. Don't buy a new car. Find a babied Prelude, not modified, adult owned. They are out there! It has had the usual stuff done for repair and maintenence and I change the oil every 3-4000 miles. I have the VTEC.
Ive got a 89 prelude and the car is a Beast!

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