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This is a very common problem on Honda vehicles. The security system is known to fail. Basically when you insert your key, the system checks for certain signal. If the system cannot get the correct signal from the key, it assumes the key is incorrect and goes into SECURITY lockout mode. (prevents hotwiring) This has been happening for a long time. There are ways to bypass this now. Read through this page for info, solutions as well.


1998 Honda... | Answered on Dec 18, 2017

running good --not a timing belt problem
possible a balance timing belt problem as that shaft has to timed correctly or it accentuates the engine pulse vibrations
run the fault codes and check for injector dirty problems

1998 Honda... | Answered on Nov 24, 2017

The auto was notorious for clutch pack failure. Tolerances were tight in the inner workings and this caused inadequate oil flow and poor cooling. Sooner or later the auto transmissions fail. You could have the transmission rebuilt but that will cost a bit to do it so it wont break again. I might recomend going back to honda atf and changing the fluid again. If that does not work try an additive oil for the transmission. I had some sucess with the recomend product.

last resort, have it swapped to a manual transmission. This is a cheap alternative as f series transmissions from the accord can bolt up to the h22 and can be found cheap at the expense of higher gear ratios.

1998 Honda... | Answered on Feb 18, 2015

Check that the battery connections are tight.

1998 Honda... | Answered on Dec 03, 2014

On the passengers side possibly under a trim piece on the center console by the fl

1998 Honda... | Answered on Oct 23, 2014

check the bolt holes and bolts to inspect for damaged threads and repair or replace as needed. if this is good you may need to add Loctite to the threads of the bolts. use blue Loctite as this will allow removal later on if you need to remove the bolts.

1998 Honda... | Answered on Aug 24, 2014

Test or check the crank position sensor. Look for the 5 volt reference signal (your prelude may have a higher reference voltage- I don't know), check that the ground wire is good, then see if you get a signal from the signal wire. See if you can back probe the signal wire with the engine cranking. If the sensor is at fault, the ecu cannot determine spark timing.

Look at a wiring diagram to see if the camshaft position sensor is also part of spark timing.

1998 Honda... | Answered on Aug 16, 2014

wow, some writeup-the voltage should be checked at the back of the alternator and the battery at the same time-if the pos post on the alternator reads 12.4 resting, that's what it should read at the battery too-and if it reads 14.4 volts running, at the battery, the alternator should read that too-if it does not (alternator reads 11.8, battery reads 12.40 it is the alternator. If the alternator reads 14.4 and the battery reads 12.4, the issue is wiring or the ecm is not allowing current to flow to the battery-there is an internal regulator in the alternator, but the ECM, if defective, can cause your issue. Check for relays or fuses that might be bad first, but it sounds like your ECM may be the problem and now you probably have another alternator issue which will have to be corrected first-then check the resting and running voltage at both places, and go from there. Testing an alternator off the car only proves it is good (or bad) off the car-therefore you need to determine what changes when mounted, and it can only be wiring (harness) , or control (ECM)

1998 Honda... | Answered on Jan 19, 2014

i can not understand this, ATF-DW1 what is that. so ignore. it.
so harsh shifting in what gear, A/T
1>2 , 2>3 Upshifts or down shifting or both>
ever check the fluid or do the 50k service on the A/T?

1998 Honda... | Answered on Nov 30, 2013

Did you check on fuse box there is written on cover wiper fuse, pls check & if its gone or lose pls fix or replase it ....

1998 Honda... | Answered on Nov 25, 2013

While just change ATF oil or CVT oil in transmission & old filter too. your car problem will be solve....

1998 Honda... | Answered on Nov 25, 2013

Its possible that you need some cyilinders repair there.

1998 Honda... | Answered on Dec 30, 2012

sounds like the temperature senser is shot and needs to be replaced, not a big job

1998 Honda... | Answered on Jun 11, 2012

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