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Let me explain again, I have a 1988 honda prelude with a carburator and its leaking from some where around the carb. also the idle on the car is not proper. I've put new fuel pump, new filters, new rotor button, new dist. cap, wires, and plugs. why is my car not working properly?

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Some of your new parts might be manufacture defected because the manufacture does not test every part coming from the lines. ANother thing have you checked the timing out with a timing gun to see if the timing is ok ? ANother also did you replace the new dist. cap and button in the right place of the old one was at ? Sometimes when you change some things with your car that you also have to check for timing issues because where and how you put the dist. cap and button at if not the way of the old one was. It could be off alittle bit to make this happen.

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It's not working properly because of the carb. If you have a fuel leak around the carb, that tells me that a gasket is not doing it's job. When was the least time you had the carb taken off and rebuilt? This is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, usually every 3 years or so to keep it working good. Also the idle adjustments screws need to be adjusted from time to time, usually when you do your basic maintenance tune-up. Is it possible that you may have loosened some screws on the carb recently? If so that could be the source of your leak. Make sure they are all tight.
Spray around the carb and all your vacuum lines with some carb cleaner or propane.Be careful if you use acetylene torchs, you could blow up your car. Does the engine speed up when you do this? If so you have a vacuum leak which will drastically affect how your carb works. these leaks must be repaired. Especially spray where the throttle linkage goes into the carburator base plate. If the engine revs up then the holes are worn and need bushings put in or the base plate needs to be replaced with a new one.
Rebuilding carburators is not for the average guy so you may be best off going to a shop that specializes in that kind of work. They will also be very good at diagnosing. Hope this helps.

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