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1988 Honda Prelude won't start

I have an 1988 prelude and whenever I park it on a hill with the front of the car pointing up. It will not start. If I bring the car down to a level area and let it sit for a minute it fires right up. Any ideas?

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    I have the same does not turn over at all. I can fiddle with the transmission lever, move it back and forth, giggle it and most of the time it will start. But what causes this?



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Not really enough info! Does it crank over asnd not start??? Frankster016

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