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What do I do??? please help.

So I have a '89 Honda prelude automatic 2.0 s it's my first car and I love it to death, and it hasn't given any problems for the first year I've had it until now.. recently it's been smelling like gas, having issues going past 60 mph on the freeway, and when I turn the car off it's leaks from up under the driver side. I went to a mechanic and they said that it was the carburetor.. now I saw a carburetor rebuild kit on Amazon for my car could that fix my problem? Would it be difficult? Thanks for the help!
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Re: What do I do??? please help.

If you gotta ask...let a mechanic do it.

Not hard to swap the parts. But getting them to function correctly is another matter.

You could easily end up with a car that won't start or run proper.
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So I have a '89 Honda prelude automatic 2.0 s it's my first car and I love it to death, and it hasn't given any problems for the first year I've had it until now.. recently it's been smelling like gas, having issues going past 60 mph on the freeway, and when I turn the car off it's leaks from up under the driver side. I went to a mechanic and they said that it was the carburetor.. now I saw a carburetor rebuild kit on Amazon for my car could that fix my problem? Would it be difficult? Thanks for the help!
Can you post a link to the carb rebuild kit? I'm highly skeptical that it's actually correct for your dual side-draft carbs. The last shop I took my last S model to said they can't get carb kits for those anymore.

Check all your fuel lines before you decide to tear into the carbs. I know of only one shop in my area will even work on these carbs. My Honda service department won't touch it. They are complicated systems, and will be expensive even if you find someone who can and will work on them.
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I rebuild lots of American carbs but still shy away from the ones you got. Too many vacuum hoses. Maybe the float valve is stuck open and the fuel is finding it's way to a vacuum line. Who knows? Raw fuel smell is not good!Luzer is right about checking for fuel leaks first. Let it idle then revv it up. Might wanna get a good flashlight and mirror.
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What are we going to do when we can't find anymore parts for our cars?
Fix our broken ones or go custom built or what?
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Re: What do I do??? please help.

I'm sure any carb kit for a carbed lude is worth it's weight in gold. I did see that O'reilleys has the kit for 61 bucks.

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What are we going to do when we can't find anymore parts for our cars?
Fix our broken ones or go custom built or what?
I think you answered your own question there. Or you could start up a fabrication shop and make them yourself.
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What are we going to do when we can't find anymore parts for our cars?
Fix our broken ones or go custom built or what?
Junkyard parts for the rest of us, that's what. Start stashing now...while you still can.

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I'm sure any carb kit for a carbed lude is worth it's weight in gold. I did see that O'reilleys has the kit for 61 bucks.
Old hondas are sorta 4 wheeled motorcycles with a heater, or in some cases the luxury lawn tractor....so the trick is to find old motorcycle motorcycle mechanics. Guys who have worked on the CB 750 and stuff like that.
You guys would be amazed at how much relevant info is available at motorcycle forums.

Trouble is, the carb'd 3g was like a moving being released on beta back when vhs had begun to dominate the market place. Not many beta machines left, and even less support for them.
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Pretty much got flamed for driving like a jackass and was told to slow down. And I'll be damned, slowing down fixed it.

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Re: What do I do??? please help.

I believe that the fuel feed line comes from the driver side... On the FI engines anyways... Maybe a rubber hose is dry rotted? That could be cheaper (and safer) than having the carbs rebuilt...
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I'm sure any carb kit for a carbed lude is worth it's weight in gold. I did see that O'reilleys has the kit for 61 bucks.
You can buy gasket material "freestock" at some auto parts stores. You would have to have a pack of new X-Acto blades and the old gaskets to make your new gasket. The needle is probably the same as one of the Honda Cycles like was mentioned above. ALSO, Some carb rebuild kits have multiple gaskets in them for different variations of each carb so maybe 2 kits could equal 1 Prelude side draft. The float may be interchangeable as well.

Wonder if we had the Honda P/N's we could cross reference them on that HondaParts site that was posted last week??

Just brainstorming...
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^^ good stuff. from what I'm see-ing here lately 3g carby-ludes require brainstorming quite often....makes me think twice about adding a 2g to my herd.

And frankly I had forgotten about the make your own gaskets...old timey lawnmower trick from days before all the 'kits' were the norm, before the age of disposable lawn care machines and fuel injected everything...right up there with swapping tubes to get the tv going before the follow up to the cliff hanger episode of Columbo came on.
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^^ good stuff. from what I'm see-ing here lately 3g carby-ludes require brainstorming quite often....makes me think twice about adding a 2g to my herd.
Opt for an Si if you are thinking about picking up a 2nd gen. Having said that, there has been more done for 2nd gen carb'd models than for 3rd gens. You also don't have the same limitations with engine choices if you want to do a swap. Or so I've read when perusing the 2nd gen section on the other forum.

I've made my own gaskets many times. Even out of cereal boxes. It can be very time consuming but it works in a pinch.
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Cereal boxes? Wow! Now that's cool...you did remove the toy first, right.

Sure beats the old peanut butter valve cover gasket trick...yes once upon a time, before Jif and all that poison called peanut butter, it was burely enough to hold back motor oil in the pre-permatex days...and black pepper made a mighty fine stop leak for small radiator/water pump leaks until you could fix it proper.


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Cereal boxes? Wow! Now that's cool...you did remove the toy first, right.

Sure beats the old peanut butter valve cover gasket trick...yes once upon a time, before Jif and all that poison called peanut butter, it was burely enough to hold back motor oil in the pre-permatex days...and black pepper made a mighty fine stop leak for small radiator/water pump leaks until you could fix it proper.


Thanx for the 2g tips Mike.
Never heard of the peanut butter trick, but I used to keep a bottle of course ground pepper in my '78 Skylark before I got my new radiator for it! Worked like a champ!!
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...right up there with swapping tubes to get the tv going before the follow up to the cliff hanger episode of Columbo came on.
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^^ OLD GUYS RULE!

...now if you tuned each week, same bat time, same bat channel to see if the caped crusaders escaped the saw mill or whatever...when pop tarts first came out and the latest jackson 5 record was on the back of a cereal box, your pop may have been outside fixing the rotor tiller with a home made carby gasket while the peanut butter on the valve cover was 'curing' (lol) before refastening the valve cover back on the 'wind to start' push mower..yep, turn the crank handle 180, fasten down the handle, push the button, POW!(dog hauls @$$ from the bang) and it either started, or repeat.
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