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1988 honda prelude no start

Engine turning normally but no spark at coil

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  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy W. Feb 23, 2012

    2.0 liter, correct?

    You sure the timing belt is good?

    You have checked for power to the coil?

    Have you noticed anything unusual with the dash warning lights when you try to start it?

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If you are carburator or fuel injection you should have a tach meter hopefully it works. Crank the engine does the tach slighty move this small movement tell us if you have spark. You state no spark at coil 3 item that wont allow spark to happen the magnetic pick up the ignitor and the coil itself.Or even the distributor cap itself. 2 main failure for no spark is the ignitor itself. and the magnetic pick up1988 honda prelude no start - 2_23_2012_6_54_27_am.gif

Posted on Feb 23, 2012

  • Jeremy W.
    Jeremy W. Feb 23, 2012

    If you are carburator or fuel injection you should have a tachometer hopefully it works.

    Crank the engine does the tach slighty move? This small movement will tell us if you have spark.

    You state no spark at coil. There are 3 items that wont allow spark to happen.
    1 - the magnetic pick up.
    2 - the ignitor
    3 - the coil itself or even the distributor cap itself (if the coil is internal)

    The 2 most common failures for no spark are the ignitor and the magnetic pick up.

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hmmm u should check the wires going to the coil to see if there is power, if so its mostlikey the coil, and if the coil seems fine you gotta track father back, do u know about the prelude board? http://www.preludeonline.com/ they probably know something about your issue, sorry for the long responce time, was out on my summer vaction !!

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The problem is likely in the injection module which is located in the dash right behind the flip down tray to the right of the flip down fuse door the the left of the steering wheal.To test simply rapidly slap the fuse/vanity flip down door area while starting the car and it will start.I have had 5 preludes and all have the same problem a replacement is 150 or you can sotter all the connections on the board inside the fuel injection module.This will fix the problem as the original connections develop miniscule cracksAll preludes have this problem in really hot or cold weather

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well if this is the model i think it is you have pgm ignition. you have an ignition coil , ignitor unit, ground wires all(corrosion) left to check.
coil testing

  1. With ignition switch OFF, remove the distributor cap.
  2. Remove the two screws to disconnect the BLK/YEL front terminal A and WHT/BLU from terminal B of the coil.
  3. Using an ohmmeter, check resistance between terminals. Replace coil if resistance is not within specification.
  4. Check that the primary winding resistance between terminals A and B is 0.3-0.5 ohms.
  5. Check that the secondary winding resistance between terminals A and the coil tower is 9,440-14,160 ohms.
  6. If not within specifications, replace the coil.

unit testing
    1. Check and service any Honda engine codes before proceeding.
    2. Check the No. 32 50A fuse on 1985-91 models, or the No. 39 50A fuse on 1992-95 models in the dash fuse box before testing.
    3. Remove the distributor cap, rotor and the leak cover.
    4. Disconnect the wires from the igniter.
    5. Turn the ignition switch ON.
    6. Check for voltage between the BLK/YEL wire and ground. If there is no voltage check the BLK/YEL wire and ignition switch.
    7. Check for voltage between the WHT/BLU wire and ground. If there is no voltage check the WHT/BLU wire and the ignition coil.
    8. Check the continuity between the WHT wire and body ground. Service the wire or connectors as needed.
    9. Check for continuity between the BLU wire and body ground. If no continuity check the wire and connectors between the igniter unit and the
tachometer or the A/Trans control unit.

after these things let me know if problem persists
    1. If any tests were not passed, replace the igniter unit.

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There is a warm up valve on the throttle body(should have 2 small coolant hoses). remove the valve and have someone start the car while you block the port to the valve on the intake. If that clears up the problem you can cut a piece of cardboard to mount in between the valve and intake.should straighten it out.

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