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Old 07-12-2007, 01:46 PM
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Just bought a car with problems

Ok first off hello everyone! I just bought my first prelude! Ever since I turned 16 three years ago and test drove one I have wanted one. So now that I have a full time job I finally got to buy a prelude! I bought a 1990 Prelude 2.0SI for $375. This car is in great shape! The body looks amazing as well as the interior! But it does have some issues. For the past couple of weeks I have been reading a lot on this forum so I have an idea what my problems are. Ok so this is what the deal is. This car has been sitting in the same place for a little over 6 months. I talked to the guy and said it runs. He told me that whenever he drove it it would break up past 4000 rpm. He also said that it would not shift. So today I went over and stuck my battery in the car out of my car. I tried to crank it up but all it would do is almost crank up. You could here it firing and everything but it just wouldn't quite crank up. So after awhile of trying to crank it up it started to do something else. I would turn the key over to the on position and everything would light up fine, then when I tried to crank it it would go completely dead and would come back on in like 3 seconds. I've never seen anything like it. But its my car now so it will be fixed. And just to let yall know, I am very good with cars and I have been working on them almost my entire life! So there is nothing that I cant do!
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Ok first off hello everyone! I just bought my first prelude! Ever since I turned 16 three years ago and test drove one I have wanted one. So now that I have a full time job I finally got to buy a prelude! I bought a 1990 Prelude 2.0SI for $375. This car is in great shape! The body looks amazing as well as the interior! But it does have some issues. For the past couple of weeks I have been reading a lot on this forum so I have an idea what my problems are. Ok so this is what the deal is. This car has been sitting in the same place for a little over 6 months. I talked to the guy and said it runs. He told me that whenever he drove it it would break up past 4000 rpm. He also said that it would not shift. So today I went over and stuck my battery in the car out of my car. I tried to crank it up but all it would do is almost crank up. You could here it firing and everything but it just wouldn't quite crank up. So after awhile of trying to crank it up it started to do something else. I would turn the key over to the on position and everything would light up fine, then when I tried to crank it it would go completely dead and would come back on in like 3 seconds. I've never seen anything like it. But its my car now so it will be fixed. And just to let yall know, I am very good with cars and I have been working on them almost my entire life! So there is nothing that I cant do!
Sounds you killed the starter. Anyway, try changing the fuel filter. The gas in there might also be bad
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Old 07-12-2007, 03:27 PM
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the intermitten starting could be a loose battery cable

but i agree the newer type fuels DO go bad fast and "gum" up the works so to speak , i also would have the fuel pump tested for proper flow and change the fuel filters


i knowm 89 s model does NOT start unless the battery is fully charged

keep us informed of how it goes
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Old 07-13-2007, 08:57 PM
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I agree, take off both battery cables from the battery and clean the posts with a metal brush (also clean the terminals). Replace and make sure they will tighten, the battery terminals may need replacing.
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