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Engine will not turn over.

My '88 Prelude has been sitting for three or more years. I have recharged the battery, but the car will not even turn over...just a lot of clicking and the check engine light goes on.

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Check if you can turn motor over by hand if you cant motor has seized (rust in cylinder bores) can try removing spark plugs and put a few squirts of oil in cylinder let it soak for a day or two then try to turn over by hand with plugs out still if it frees up put plugs in and try and start be warned it may get a little smokey till oil burns off.

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1986-89 1.6L Integra
1991-95 1.7L Integra
1990-95 1.8L Integra
1986-89 2.5L Legend
1992-94 2.5L Vigor
1986-89 2.7L Legend
1990 2.7L Legend
1991-95 3.0L NSX
1991-95 3.2L Legend
AUDI
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BMW
1987-95 2.5L 325I 525I
1994-95 4.0L 740I
CHRYSLER
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1987-88 1.5L Colt
1992-95 1.5L Eagle Summit
1987-88 1.6L Colt
1989-92 1.6L Eagle Summit
1994-98 2.0L Neon Stratus
1990-95 2.0L Eagle Talon
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1988-92 1.0L Charade
1988-92 1.3L Charade
1990-92 1.6L Rocky
FIAT
1974-79 1.3L 128 Series
1979-82 1.5L Stranda
1974-78 1.6L 124 Series
1974-78 1.8L 124 Series
1974-78 1.8L 131 Series, Brava
1979-82 2.0L Brava, Spider
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1981-83 1.6L LN7, Lynx
1984-85 2.0L Escort, Tempo
1993-95 2.0L Probe
1986-88 2.0L Ranger
1984-87 2.0L Lynx, Topaz Diesel
1985 2.2L Ranger
1989-92 2.2L Probe
1986-88 2.3L Ranger
1986-87 2.3L Diesel Ranger
1991-98 4.6L Crown Victoria
GM
1986-95 1.0L Geo Metro
1989-91 1.0L Firefly (CANADA)
1985-88 1.5L Sunburst (CANADA)
1985-89 1.5L Spectrum
1990-93 1.6L Prizm, Storm
1981-84 1.8L Diesel (CANADA)
1982-86 1.8L Buick Skyhawk
1990-98 1.9L Saturn
1987-88 2.0L Buick Skyhawk
1988-95 2.3L Quad Four
1985-87 3.0L Buick
1979-95 3.8L Buick
HONDA
1986-87 1.0L Prelude
1973-78 1.2L All
1973-78 1.3L All
1980-84 1.3L All
1973-78 1.5L All
1985-89 1.5L Civic
1988-95 1.5L Civic, CRX
1993-95 1.5L Civic Del Sol
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1985-87 1.5L CRX
1993-95 1.6L Civic Del Sol
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1980-82 1.6L All
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1979-83 1.8L All
1986-91 2.0L Prelude
1990-91 2.1L Prelude
1990-95 2.2L Prelude, Accord
1992-95 2.2L Prelude
1995 2.7L Accord
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1984-95 1.5L Excel Scoupe
1995-98 1.5L Accent
1992-95 1.6L Elantra
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1992-95 2.0L Sonata
1989-91 2.4L Sonata
1990-95 3.0L Sonata
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1990-93 1.6L Stylus Impulse
1987-89 2.0L Impulse
1981-87 2.2L Diesel Truck
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1988-95 2.6L Truck Rodeo Amigo
1991-96 3.2L Trooper Rodeo Amigo
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1988-92 2.2L 626 MX6
1989-93 2.2L Pickup
1988-95 3.0L 929 MPV
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1990-92 1.6L Mirage
1989-95 2.0L Galant Eclipse
1983-86 2.3L Diesel Pickup
1994-95 2.4L Galant
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1983-88 1.6L Sentra Pulsar
1987-89 1.8L Pulsar
1982-89 2.0L Stanza 300ZX
1984-95 3.0L Maxima 300ZX Pathfinder
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1976-89 2.5L 944 Series
1989 2.7L 944 Series
1989-91 3.0L 944 Series
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1984 4.7L 928
1985-91 5.0L 928
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1989-94 1.3L Swift
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1981-83 2.2L Pickup
1984-87 2.4L Pickup
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