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Old 01-07-2008, 07:23 PM
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Icon5 1992 Prelude Si with an oil leak...

I'm considering taking ownership of a '92 Prelude, (haven't had a chance to look yet, other than pictures) with an oil leak. The seller says it is leaking from the crank seal, but I wonder if it might not actually be the balance shaft seal.

Basically, I've never worked on one before, and I'm wondering how hard it is to do a seal kit. The parts store has a full front end seal kit for <$50.00, and the timing belt and water pump were recently done, so that should be all I'd need (right?). The thing is that I'd have to do the work myself. I've done timing belts on other cars, but how bad is this one to get to? I know there is a tool to hold the crank pulley, but do you need a puller or anything special to get it off? What about the balance pulley?

Beyond that, how has reliability been with these cars? It has 123k on it, original motor & 5 sp. manual trans. Can I reasonably expect it to go another 100 to 200k with routine maintenance? What about fuel economy?

Please reply soon; I'm going to look & possibly trade my '95 Dodge Intrepid for it on Thursday.

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Beyond that, how has reliability been with these cars? It has 123k on it, original motor & 5 sp. manual trans. Can I reasonably expect it to go another 100 to 200k with routine maintenance? What about fuel economy?

Please reply soon; I'm going to look & possibly trade my '95 Dodge Intrepid for it on Thursday.

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Sorry can't actually answer on the oil leak, but I can tell you that reliability wise, It's very reliable, and also depends on how u maintain it. Mine is a 92 with 191K and I still race it hard. Definitely more fun than the Intrepid

And On the leak, here you can see the service manual:

http://downloads.hondatech.info/Auto...e%20Manual.zip
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:31 PM
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It's a tight fit...i'm 6'1 255 pounds..needless to say, my hands are bigger than normal..it's hard working on anything where i have to reach down into the bay...it's not as hard as a 2g eclipse though...
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well i have done all the seals on the front and the timing belt just give yourself a good 6 hours to take ur time and do it right. you wont need a pully puller but u will need a strong impact gun. just replace all the seal while u have everything off. if u want i can scan the manual that came with my tensioners it was alot of help on showing how to do it
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Thanks to everyone who replied!

I put on a new timing belt, new balance belt, new balance shaft seal (there was no question that it was causing the problem, considering that it was hanging off the shaft...), and a new power steering belt.

The impact gun was definitely a necessity...but I've been driving it around for about two weeks, with only minor problems (burnt out bulbs and such).

The service manual was a great help too...

The body on the car is pretty rough, but nothing a little pounding, bondo, paint, and a few trips to a junk yard can't fix over time. First thing I need is tires, though.

Thanks again, guys!

P.S. The other weird thing was that the main relay died while I was working on it...I went to start and check for leaks, and suddenly the fuel pump wasn't running...I hope that doesn't happen very often...
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so wait, u bought it?
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Yep, I bought it!

...sorry...did I forget to mention?

It's pretty cool...it's red with black interior...its a 5 speed, and its a bit rough all the way around.

It came with the radio, but no mounting stuff...so the factory radio is in and operational, but it just rattles around in the opening...I'll probably get an aftermarket with a cd anyway...

The hood has a dent in front {the guy claimed someone backed into it}, the moon roof has a rust hole in the front left side, and the fenders are starting to go...esp. the right rear. The paint is faded in spots and it desperately needs new tires {but 1st I need money}

But, it's fun to drive, it only has about 115k miles on it, the clutch and brakes are good, and it runs well. So hopefully I'll be able to massage out the bad spots little by little over time.

The other thing I'm missing is the owner's manual...anyone know where to find one {besides paying $25 at the stealership}? In the mean time, how does the memory lever on the driver's seat work?

Did these cars come with a cd changer? It's wired for one, the factory radio has the plug, and the mounts look factory (right side of the trunk, below the jack). If they did, is it better to find the factory changer, or throw in an aftermarket cd with mp3 & wma compatibility? I'm leaning toward the aftermarket HU {I may even go 2 DIN}, what do you guys think? What seems to work best and look cool?

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u can get an owners maunual on here...its more in depth but...theres also 1408 pages

here it is anyway

http://web.archive.org/web/200406101...ude_manual.htm

but that ^ doesnt seem to be workin at the moment
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Yep, I bought it!

The hood has a dent in front {the guy claimed someone backed into it}, the moon roof has a rust hole in the front left side, and the fenders are starting to go...esp. the right rear. The paint is faded in spots and it desperately needs new tires {but 1st I need money}

Did these cars come with a cd changer? It's wired for one, the factory radio has the plug, and the mounts look factory (right side of the trunk, below the jack). If they did, is it better to find the factory changer, or throw in an aftermarket cd with mp3 & wma compatibility? I'm leaning toward the aftermarket HU {I may even go 2 DIN}, what do you guys think? What seems to work best and look cool?

-Greg
I spent around $40 on bondo and spray paint to fix my rust lol. CD player was optional, and they work very good, as in, I've never had it skip (i have one in my accord). I'd say get aftermarket though you'll have a lot more control over bass/treble etc.
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