20 Most Recent 1987 Honda Prelude Questions & Answers

I got this free Pdf manual from reliable-store for free and I don't think Ive visited a mechanic or fixya for help for more than 3-4 times out of the 20 times I fixed the chipper in these 4 years

1987 Honda... | Answered on Feb 02, 2019

try the inertia switch has not tripped first the there is a fuel pump timer relay that is favorite good luck

1987 Honda... | Answered on Feb 20, 2018

Best would be to check the oil pump filter in the sump of the engine. these also clog up and drops the oil pressure resulting in a warning light

1987 Honda... | Answered on Jun 28, 2017

it sounds like you want a "power probe" . It's the best way to test continuity. A little pricey, though.

1987 Honda... | Answered on May 02, 2017

I believe your clutch is hydraulic on your Prelude, at least my 91 Prelude is, which means you have a master cylinder and a slave cylinder. Are you sure it's cable operated?

1987 Honda... | Answered on Oct 20, 2014

pedal pressure? the throttle sticks< OPEN?
ive never ever seen a post ever for pedal pressure,
what does that mean? im clueless here, and sounds very scary.
to any mech. after all, throttle valves failures, can be man killers.
when failed does the engine crank over full speed with the starter?
grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr fail to start.
that normal sound of a good starter, yes?

is this an intermittent problem only?

NO start, ? (cranks robustly)
no, lets start at step one.
1: check all fuses. in both fuse boxes.
2: are the Headlamps working at full brightness.
3: does all the normal dash cluster lamps glow , key on.
Charge, Brake , Check engine lamp> all glow, if not, stop.
4: spark got spark at all cylinders, (a test)
my guess is engine is flooding, (smells) and is due to
lost spark.
ever do the 60k mile tuneup this decade?

this very old car has relic, warnings, back then.
non standard.

the PGM-FI is early name for CEL, check engine
on this engine you must find the ECU (PGM-FI box)
and see the LEDs on the side.
they can be made to blink secret codes. errrors
these errors will be key to diagnosis, i bet.

here is the clue

the cars FSM book covers how to diagnose no starts
or no cranks.

1987 Honda... | Answered on Feb 14, 2014

old car. 5th gear? is this M/T? 1987 ?
A/T? is 4speed

what does stopped working mean .
1: shifter fails to select 5 gear H pattern slot.
2: grinds?
3: cant force it to 5th with clutch depressed.? is free play at spec?
4: raise front wheels off ground, can you get in to 5th now? keyout and running?
5: can you get into 5th parked engine off, and select 5th and then start car in 5th with clutch depresses first step. then slowly very slowly attempt to move car starting in 5th, but dont finish, just feel the gear, feel that its there and not neutral.

not working ,says nothing at all.

1987 Honda... | Answered on Nov 16, 2013

you can take a look under the hood at the fuse and relay box. the fan relays are probably just old and worn out and need replacing. try this and also try and follow the wire back to the relay box to make sure its connected. If this doesn't work, you can always run a power wire straight to the fan so when you turn the key it comes on and stays on. It should just be a bad relay. good luck

1987 Honda... | Answered on Apr 20, 2013

There are two speed sensors, one in the usual location and a second one in the instrument pod. Both must be working or you will experience the abrupt cut out. I had a 1990 Prelude with the same problem. The factory-trained Honda technician could not find the second sensor but eventually replacement of the entire instrument pod solved the problem

1987 Honda... | Answered on Oct 24, 2012

Try flushing the fluid. 2 1/2 quarts come out easily with the drain plug at the driver side. Add only Honda approved fluid. It is OLD dextron and $8 a quart. There is no filter on a Honda but you could add one on the return line from the radiator /cooler. Use Lucas conditioner as a last resort before replacing the solenoids/transmission. My CL had blocked filter mesh screens at the Torque Converter lock-up solenoids.

1987 Honda... | Answered on Oct 17, 2012

for an 87 I can imagine that you are probably running it at between 175K-350K miles so you should be getting

Castrol/1 qt. SAE 5W-30 GTX superior sludge protection motor oil

Part Number:

1987 Honda... | Answered on Jul 22, 2012

Some how you have a short where the two systems run off same circut which this would be AC fan. The cooling fan is wired up throught a thermo switch Wich comes on when it reaches a certion heat degree.Myself i like to elemanate proplems so i wire up cooling fans direct.When key is on you here cooling fan.Therno switches will burn car motors out when they go tt80500

1987 Honda... | Answered on Jul 22, 2012

If it sit for a long time the gas would not be any good no octane You can keep the critters out of the intake which i use lathing material cheep at hardware or scrap's around job sites free

1987 Honda... | Answered on Jul 22, 2012

If battery is ok check battery terminals for whitish coloured powder on them. If so pour boiling water over it to dissolve the powder which is dry acid. Then check to see if the connections to the battery are tight and not corroded.
You my have to clean the battery terminals and connections to get a good contact.

Hope this helps.


1987 Honda... | Answered on Jul 22, 2012

Sam so right now you have crank no start,or no crank , no start. Not clear.
If its no crank no start.Your looking at battery, cables, ignition switch , starter relay.
If its crank no start, you know that B+ is making it to starter. Ok now listen for fuel pump to buzz or hum when you put key in ignition and turn to on position. No buzzing or humming fuel pump or relay.
make a set of jumper cables run them from battery to fuel pump, Does the pump run? If yes. The pump is good relay is not. If pump doesn't run then its the pump. Remember when you do this test you don't need the key in ignition Battery doesn't have to be connected, because your bypassing the control circuit.

1987 Honda... | Answered on Jul 20, 2012

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