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Old 10-08-2011, 05:19 PM
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New to Preludes. Two questions.

Just bought a 1999 Prelude this week. Vtec, automatic and 150k miles.
Own a couple of 2nd gen Integras so know a little about Honda.

Engine seems to run really strong. Engine light came on. Engine seems to
have low idle. About 400 rpm per tach. Seems to run ok but stalled once on
my wife and started right back up with no stumbling. What would be the most
likely things to make the engine like come on?

Also while sitting in the driveway I tried to rev to the redline and it would
only go to 5000 rpm. Revs great whiile driving. is this a normal
feature in Prelude automatics? Sort of a rev limiter.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Sounds like you're in limp mode.


take it to a reputable mechanic and have that CEL (check engine light) code pulled and trouble shoot from there. Do not wait to do this - it could lead to serious problems if it's put off.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

i would suggest an auto parts store aka-advance auto,o'rileys, napa etc. and have them pull they code. they will do it for free where is alot of dealerships and mechanics will charge you.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Get it towed (hopefully you got AAA). Don't drive unless you absolutely have to.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Ya the automatics have a lower rev limiter. Only when sitting still though. Bounces normal in the red zone while driving.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

does you car is warmed up enough before you do redline?
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Yes. I wouldn't redline my engine while it's cold..
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Thanks for the replies, guys.

As far as revving the engine while cold, I'm 59, I think I know better. Thanks for the concern though.

I'm going to take it to my mechanic who specializes in Hondas and Acuras and I feel certain he can diagnose the problem. First Prelude. Paid $3,500 for it. Just didn't expect the engine light to come on so soon after a 60 mile drive from the purchase destination. I'm in the Dallas area and finding Preludes that look and sound this good are hard to find.
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

I had a similar issue after i did the jdm motor swap. It turned out to be a bad crank sensor
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Re: New to Preludes. Two questions.

Alright if you've got a good man to take it to, keep us updated.

Best of luck.
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