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92 Prelude S Help please.

Hi, I just bought a 1992 Honda Prelude as my first car. I know the engine is an F22 5-speed but I am not sure exactly what kind if there is more to it than that I see stuff like F22b or a1 and stuff. I had my brother look at it, he has worked as a mechanic for years and actually rebuilt cars before, and he said that for how much they wanted for it it was a steal and to go for it because most people around where I live want $3500 for ones in similar condition. Two major things that need replacing soon he said is the front right axel and the ac unit (which was completely taken out apperently) He went over it and said that with the things that need fixing or replacing I can get it back to working like new for less than a thousand for everything. I was hoping some of you who have owned or worked with these cars before could help me by pointing me to some places that would have some budget friendly options to look at, mainly the ac and front axel left axel I mentioned before, or if i am replacing one of them should I just do both? and anything I would need for the ac. Also if there are any special tools I would need to buy so he could do this stuff for me, he WAS a mechanic worked as his dads shop but there was a falling out so we have like no real tools. If you are not allowed to link items just some good brands to look at would be helpful too.

I really love this car and would like to get it working as best I can for a good price so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

Oh also shocks.
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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

Your local auto parts store will have axles.
You look under your car for the boot condition and if it isn't obviously cracked or torn kinda squeeze it to see if the rubber is brittle.


^^ a typical axle.


^^about $40
3# hammer and pickle fork set.


^^36mm socket


^^1/2" breaker bar and pipe.


^^manual tranny fluid.
You needs 2 quarts.

Now being this is your first car, you have no tools and mechanic family folks aint cool, you shouldprobably take it to a shop. Figure about $150 for each axle. Maybe $200.

Now the ac? Sheesh. That depends on what was removed. If only the compressor is gone. Yeah, maybe $600 plus a charge with cooling gas. If other stuff is gone you can get much from a junkyard or get used to having the windows down and sunroof open. Sports cars w/o ac are pretty common.
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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

If it's a Prelude S as you say, the engine is an F22A1, shared with Accords of the same year. Not the fastest Prelude out there, but a sturdy, torquey engine. And most of the rest of the car -- particularly the suspension -- is the same as every other 4th gen, so it handles well. Good first car.

It's possible the car came without air conditioning -- it was optional on the 4th Gen S model. Is there an A/C button on the far left side of the climate control panel?

Get into the DIY section here and download the shop manual -- it'll answer many questions about the car.
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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

The manual Jamie speaks of has basic how to stuff all over it.

Heck I did not know any Preludes could be had without ac. Thanks for another lesson professorrrrrr!
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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

Cool thanks for the replies. I will definitely look into the DIY section, I really want to get into doing all my own work because it seems like a good skill to learn. The pics really helped I live right down the street from 3 different parts shops so I will go talk to them about different brands and stuff.

Didn't know ac was optional, interesting. It is probably best the F22a1 is not the strongest since I am new to driving stick still, to much power would probably be dangerous. A friend at word was telling me that I can do an engine swap if I ever want more power but I am just gonna worry about the stuff needed to make it run smooth and learning to drive it well before even thinking about performance upgrades of any kind.

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Re: 92 Prelude S Help please.

I just changed both drive drive shafts on my son's 1992 Prelude SI. You'll need big socket and breaker bar to crack that axle nut. Pickle fork too, also shown. Better yet is a ball joint press probably can be had for less than $40. Quite often using the fork, you'll tear your ball joint boots. Large torque wrench is the right way to reset the big nut upon reassembly. Not a hard job by any means, but a beginner should have help. A rubber or plastic mallet is a handy tool too to tap out the RH shaft. When you put in new shafts make sure the snap ring is on there. Give it little love tap with the rubber mallet to make sure the snap ring seats back in place on reassembly. You don't have to but while you are in there, its a good time to check your brakes. Be aware that a 22 year old car has seen a lot of weather. Every little bolt, screw, nut ect is gonna give up a fight when you try to loosen one. Some are a real buggar to get out and you spend lots of time on them. My RH drive shaft splines were siezed into the wheel hub. Took me using a bigger 3 finger gear puller, an awfull lot of heat and a few 100 swings with a 5 lb sledge hammer to get the buggar out. Once out I found worn splines. I replaced the entire hub assembly with spare parts I had. Be prepared to cuss a few times. I sure did. Good luck.
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