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Most Common Honda Prelude Problems

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 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...
The 1990-2001 Honda Prelude engine oil pressure sensor is known to leak from normal operation. More information about the oil pressure sensor here. To correct the leak, the sensor must be inspect...
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3 Known Honda Prelude Brakes Problems

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.
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 p...
Excessive clearance between the caliper bracket and caliper slide pins can cause a rattle. Replacing the guide pins is needed for this repair.

5 Known Honda Prelude Drive Train Problems

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...
The front axles are prone to failure on the 1992-1997 Honda Prelude. This will be evident as fast clicking or popping sounds will be audible while driving, most commonly when the steering wheel is ...
The 1990-1992 Honda Prelude commonly has mechanical issues with the manual transaxle. Drivers will notice that upon decelerating, the transmission will shift to neutral on its own, and some gears,...

1 Known Honda Prelude Electrical & Lights Problem

Corrosion on the antenna mast can cause poor reception. Replacing the antenna and any corroded parts will improve reception.

6 Known Honda Prelude Engine Problems

The 1990-2001 Honda Prelude engine oil pressure sensor is known to leak from normal operation. More information about the oil pressure sensor here. To correct the leak, the sensor must be inspect...
The 1992-1997 Honda Prelude has a known issue with ignition distributor shaft bearing failure, which causes: Failure to start Engine randomly misfires Check Engine Light Illumination OBD Trou...
Smelling burning engine oil is common on the 1992-1997 Honda Prelude, and is associated with oil leaking from the valve cover. It is most common to smell the oil burning at a stop light, or just af...

3 Known Honda Prelude Exhaust & Emissions Problems

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 r...
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.

2 Known Honda Prelude Heating & Air Conditioning Problems

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

0 Known Honda Prelude Maintenance Problems

4 Known Honda Prelude Miscellaneous Problems

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.
The center console has a tendency to warp. Replacing the warped console will repair the 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.

3 Known Honda Prelude Suspension & Steering Problems

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.
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.

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Known Honda Prelude Problems & Complaints

The 1990-2001 Honda Prelude engine oil pressure sensor is known to leak from normal operation. More information about the oil pressure sensor here. To correct the leak, the sensor must be inspect...
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 r...
The front axles are prone to failure on the 1992-1997 Honda Prelude. This will be evident as fast clicking or popping sounds will be audible while driving, most commonly when the steering wheel is ...
Smelling burning engine oil is common on the 1992-1997 Honda Prelude, and is associated with oil leaking from the valve cover. It is most common to smell the oil burning at a stop light, or just af...
The camshaft seal, located at the end of the cylinder head, has a reputation for failure on the 1992-1997 Honda Prelude. This seal wraps around the camshaft to prevent engine oil from leaking wher...
The 1990-1992 Honda Prelude commonly has mechanical issues with the manual transaxle. Drivers will notice that upon decelerating, the transmission will shift to neutral on its own, and some gears,...
The 1992-1997 Honda Prelude has a known issue with ignition distributor shaft bearing failure, which causes: Failure to start Engine randomly misfires Check Engine Light Illumination OBD Trou...
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 p...
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 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...
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...
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 pro...
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