1996 Honda Prelude - Answered Questions & Fixed issues


I strongly suggest you initially concentrate on the basics. First ensure the engine is ok in all respects...

I seem to remember Honda used to use the oil light as part of the fuel safety system - if the oil light came on the fuel pump would stop. That was a long time ago but well worth looking into. You did say the oil light came on and then the engine stopped - it isn't surprising the engine stopped but it is of fundamental importance to discover why the oil light came on.

If the coil is producing sparks but the distributor is not redirecting those sparks to each cylinder there is clearly a fault inside the distributor that should be rectified. Similarly that broken knock sensor should be replaced and the fault codes in the brain recorded and erased before continuing.

Diagnosing stuff and verifying each diagnosis is a process that must be worked through systematically - you have a long, long way to go before you need to be considering a new ECU.

1996 Honda... | Answered on May 25, 2017 | 51 views


96's are kinda the bad year for our cars being the only obd2 4th gen preludes so for any codes over 43 you have to look it up in the '97-'01 manual. Code 65 is "Secondary Heated Oxygen Sensor Heater Circuit Malfunction (Sensor 2)". Probable causes are an open in the secondary O2 sensor heater circuit or bad ECU. Have you tried resetting the ECU to see if it comes back? If so, you could check for loose wires coming from the secondary O2 sensor in the cat converter going to the 4 pin connector, or if you have access to another ECU I would try to substitute a known good ECU to see if that clears it up. The troubleshooting flowchart is on page 11-79 in the '97-'01 helms manual, and involves checking resistances and for continuity.

I think this could be the code I had on my '96 when I bought it. I tried replacing the secondary O2 sensor, and long story short it was the ECU. Luckily my '96 was still under the extended emmissions warranty, so Honda replaced it for free. I don't think you would be covered under the extended warranty because it was 14 years and under 150k miles. I just barely made it (within a month or 2 and 3k miles) last year.

As far as the engine sounds and rough idle, you could just need a valve adjustment. The secondary O2 sensor just checks the cat to make sure it's working right.

And all auto trans want to move forward when the brake is released.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Aug 02, 2015 | 157 views


You have to remove the radio and get the serial number then call any honda dealership service desk tell them you need the radio code give them the serial number and they'll give you the code. I've done it a few times good luck

1996 Honda... | Answered on May 29, 2015 | 86 views


Try pressing the reset button a few times. That works on some cars.
Hope this helps.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Feb 13, 2015 | 26 views


Check the drive belt to the power steering pump and the level of fluid in the power steering reservoir.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Dec 03, 2014 | 404 views


no inertia switch on honda

1996 Honda... | Answered on Oct 24, 2014 | 118 views


Yes, fuse and or relay

1996 Honda... | Answered on Aug 27, 2014 | 67 views


The battery sounds like it's dead, it may have enough power to make noise for a few but it not charging. May also be the alternator going bad and causing the battery not to fun

1996 Honda... | Answered on Aug 07, 2014 | 54 views


Just use a chisel or big flat blade and go along the groove between the cap and the hub. It will come off.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Jun 09, 2014 | 56 views


Blue smoke is usually an indication of oil burning. If you see blue smoke and hear a loud sound it could be a few things. The biggest being you have a hole in your block. You could also have a leak in your exhaust and be burning oil. A quick trip to a local autoparts store should answer this question. Most employees are willing to lend an ear and have experience with cars.
I recomend you dont take the car on anything other than short trips untill your problem is found and solved.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Jun 04, 2014 | 201 views


Interesting question. If you think a lifter arm, which I presume is also called a rocker arm, is broken, remove the valve cover and find it. All the rocker arms are visible, and should be easy to see.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Jun 04, 2014 | 99 views


Have the lifters replaced,better still you replace it completely with the rocker arm,to eliminate dought mind

1996 Honda... | Answered on May 05, 2014 | 52 views


cold engine idle surge. (problem)
RPM range of surge not stated
300-700 or 800 to 1500? (range is critical to diagnosis)

bad fuel
running summer fuel in winter (running old fuel?)
needs a tune up bad, see the list in the operator guide.
idle speed controller,sticking or EGR valve same. (clean them)
location not stated, so cant guess about local air temps.?
no other symptoms, lack of engine power? etc?
was it ok last week, or better, when was the last time it was OK?
1week, 1year?
surge , causes, on a tuned engine might be:
1: too lean. so lean the ISC can not control idle. rpm low, stalling
2: too rich, flooding, stalling, spark plugs foul (look at them)
3: weak compression in 1 or more cylinders.
4: bad spark.
5: air leaks, in the plenum causing , ISC to lose control.
why high RPM?

especially?
well that means it fails hot too.
and there is a simple tests. for hot surge.
is engine fully hot? 180F and holds solid there?
say rpm is about 800
and you turn on head lights, heater fan and (not AC) and defrost.
the RPM must hold or the ISC is failing.
ISC -= idle speed controls. (all EFI has this function)

1996 Honda... | Answered on Nov 02, 2013 | 373 views


Check the air intake sensor.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Nov 02, 2013 | 72 views


did you check the steering pump, AC compression pump, etc or other engine components ? it could be something other than the engine.

1996 Honda... | Answered on Jul 26, 2013 | 431 views


Bad or loose ground wiring. Check ground by driver side intake manifold

1996 Honda... | Answered on Jun 18, 2013 | 354 views

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