Question about 1996 Honda Prelude
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.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The fan won't come on because the thermoswitch is in the bottom of the radiator, without coolant flow the switch never gets hot. Just because a part is new doesn't mean it is good, is the thermostat an aftermarket part ? I would take out the thermostat (leave the gasket) and see if the bottom hose gets warm. If the bottom hose does not get warm, you may have a blockage or bad water pump
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Is there any reason that you have not checked the valve lash on the engine?It's really quite simple and if you have misadjusted intake valves the car will never start. Not to mention with while adjusting valves you will have to double check crank and cam timing twice (once at cylinder 1 adjust and once at cylinder 4 adjust)at the same time you will also be abble to watch dist.rotation and again be able to see that the dist rotor is in the correct firing position in junction with cam timing.ANYTIME a honda or acura has belt replaced you will check valve clearances,it changes with different belt tention on end of camshaft. when distributor was replaced was ignitor unit replaced,and coil (both inside dist. housing)replaced at this time?Hondas and Acuras both are notorious for failed ignitors and coils.(intermitantly even)this can result intermitant spark(either of the two) or weak spark when failing coil is problem. you may have spark but how hot is it?And last but not least ,most affordable but extremely coomon mistake...do not ever replace spark plugs on honda with anything but NGK spark plugs,if you use bosch ,bosch platinums you "WILL" see running problems and or no start!!!!!splitfire plugs will be destroyed within weeks in a Honda!And use nothing but a Honda Distributor Rotor. T.E.C is manufacturer of Honda cap & Rotors.You may be thinking to yourself how silly and anal i am about those things but i can say i have seen hundreds of civics,integras,preludes,with no starts,poor performance,etc,with customers"just replaced plugs,cap and rotor,they should be good they were expensive bill at checker said they were the best".hundreds of dollars later and driving out with NGK plugs and honda cap and rotor,lesson learned
Posted on Nov 11, 2009
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