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Old 01-24-2015, 03:46 PM
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Hey all i just picked up a Honda prelude last night for. its a 1997 type sh. i have owned only Honda my first one being a accord then a integra. This is my first vtec engine and i cant wait to try it out. What would be some good starter mods to do? i was thinking putting in a kill switch.

Edit: What should i do along the longs of i just got this car what should i do? Like oil change/sparkplugs/brakes ect ect

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Hey there! Welcome to PZ! We love pictures here so start snapping :) a basic tune up/service and you should be good to go eh
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Re: New Prelude Owner

Timing belt, tensioner and water pump.


Immediately if theyve not been done and you are over 110k miles

Then focus on any oil leaks and check the quarters for rust. If the rubber trim is in the rear quarter, remove it


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^^ this!!

When I buy a car, even if it has a valid inspection I still have it inspected. $16 (in my state) to get them to go over the car.
Not just the light bulbs but suspension items, axle boots, and the general condition of many items throughout the car.

Many folks fear inspection time and go in all fingers crossed. But if your car is not going to pass in a few months when that other sticker was expiring, you have some time between now and that time to fix up what ails it.

And as a bonus you have an idea what else is wrong or will be soon.
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Timing belt, tensioner and water pump.


Immediately if theyve not been done and you are over 110k miles

Then focus on any oil leaks and check the quarters for rust. If the rubber trim is in the rear quarter, remove it


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Hey what do you mean remove rubber trim?

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Re: New Prelude Owner

1) Preludes build up carbon in the intake area. There are write-ups here to perform the cleaning procedure. Expect computer codes if not completed under 200k.
2) Another common issue is knock sounds from the rear. Simple fix and check is to lift rear seat and check bolts in floorpan. They have a tendency to work loose and cause a knocking sound. If this is the case, remove bolts, clean bolts and area, lock tight bolts upon reassembly. There are also write ups here for this procedure.
3) Lastly a common old leak is the o-ring behind the old filter housing. Not a hard fix if you can get your Prelude on a rack or lift.
4) Get extra transponder keys made
5) Write down your radio code somewhere you can get to, you will need it when disconnected battery
6) Replace taillights gaskets, they leak and only last but a few years.
7) Clean out sunroof drain tubes once a year and make sure they are not disconnected in the trunk. They will come loose and stop up, causing rear trunk water and back seat mold and mildew

These are some of my tips along with the other great tips.
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only owned 1 honda but listed an accord and integra lol welcome to pz
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Rubber seal that sits on the inside lip of the quarter panels. It collects moisture and debris that eat at the paint and metal


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only owned 1 honda but listed an accord and integra lol welcome to pz
Never said i owned 1 honda. Said i only owned hondas. Ill take pictures soon i have it parked at my moms for the moment till i do a little security
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So im thinking about a paint job in the near future..like 1-2 years. If i get a alarm system installed like a good one will the body shop not **** it up when they paint? Im getting a complete different color the full package inside and out engine bay and door jams ect ect
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i should learn to read lol
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add push to start
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The entire bay needs to be gutted.

An alarm shouldnt be bothered during a paintjob if its installed properly. Let the installer know your plans so they can work around them
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Re: New Prelude Owner

Manual timing tensioner
Timing belt
cam seals
front main
balance shaft seals
check fluids/replace fluids
check/replace bad ball joints and check bushings
check for bad motor mounts
check for exhaust leaks
best of luck with your new vtec engine, try not to hit it so much and keep a close
eye on your oil level cuz it'll dissappear lol
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