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Old 03-22-2012, 01:46 PM
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Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

Hi guys, I just purchased a 98 prelude this week, engine seems very healthy. Idles fine. Light was not on when I bought the car, but now all of a sudden I started the car up today and the light is on. Totally confused. Do you think he reset the light before he sold the car to me?
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

If you have an OBD2 tester, run the code and see what comes up. If it's running and driving fine it shouldn't be too big a problem.

I've been seeing a lot of P0401 codes since I've been lurking around here. I just bought my first 'lude and the same thing happened to me. I took apart and cleaned the EGR valve and ports and am doing well even since. CEL went right off.

BTW you can get a pretty decent little code scanner at Kragen or Autozone for like 70 bucks.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

I did notice a weird "spinning whining noise after I turn on the AC. It only happened twice but lasted until I shut off the engine. Maybe that's it.

I think I'm going to take it to a mechanic and get a full inspection. I really need this thing to be reliable as my daily lol.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

Yea same thing happened when I brought mine, its probably code 401 egr valve needs cleaning. The person you brought it from may have had it sitting in a garage or something. Just clean the etf valve, Honda also says cleaning the ports does the same thing and is less labor intensive but becareful u may give urself a bad cat just trying to burn stuff off, I would remove and clean the egr valve if that's ur code...
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

Also if its the egr valve u would prob notice throttle delay when stepping on the gas, idk about the a/c noise...but I don't see what if would have to with cel...maybe it does idk...
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

I'm gonna be in big bear all weekend so I cant get it checked out till mon-tues. I'll keep you guys updated thanks for all the help!

man I was really skeptic about buying a car with 158k miles I hope its not anything serious
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

I'm sure the seller knew, hope an prey that its minor
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

158k for a Honda, ur motor is just breaking in bro, I never see these things die before 220k, u get 3 out of it easy with tlc, or buy another h22 and swap it in for 2k...ur fine as far as mileage bro
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

if its a solid CEL you can drive it safely. if its blinking dont even touch it until its fixed. just take it to autozone or advance auto when you can
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

^^^ this.


No doubt the previous owner reset everything prior to selling it. If it drives fine atm - i'm sure that it's a minor issue. But do get it checked out asap.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

could be a knock sesor, the cel only goes on after you run 3k rpm for a few seconds
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

anything suggested as a cause for a cell is just speculation. have the code scanned and find out the issue, we'll help you from there.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

Short the service connector with a paper clip and read the code, thay way you dont need to drive the car anywhere or shell out for a code reader. Im sure the procedure for do it is on this forum.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

Just clarifying in case you didn't know, Autozone will scan your code for free if you bring it to them. You don't necessarily need to buy the scanner, but it would be a plus to have it handy at home.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

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I did notice a weird "spinning whining noise after I turn on the AC. It only happened twice but lasted until I shut off the engine. Maybe that's it.

I think I'm going to take it to a mechanic and get a full inspection. I really need this thing to be reliable as my daily lol.
I get that whining too when my A/C turns on. I think it's just not lubed up or something. lol But that's probably not the reason why you have CEL.
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Re: Just bought a prelude...check engine light came on after only 20 miles...?

alright so got my junk checked...one of the valves has low compression 110 or something I think he said....

he said it was safe to buy and quoted me a **** ton to get it fixed..almost a grand! gahhh lol

I ended up just buying a new battery since the prev. owner put the wrong type in and it was making my start sound sluggish.

on a good note, the previous owner replaced the timing belt/water pump/spark plugs.
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