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Landslide of problems.

I don't even know where to start. Im at my wits end with this ****. Coming from a 240 driver and being used to my car breaking down every other day, this is frustrating. Anyway to start this **** storm off, my problems started while driving on the freeway at about 50-60mph stuck in LA traffic hell. Tachometer starting jumping around like I had a bad ground. Pulled over and saw a few of my grounds needed to be tightened. I tightened all of them and car was back to normal until I reached my destination and it did the jumpy tach again. I decided to get the code checked the next day and found a knock sensor code and nothing else. My knock sensor was ****ed in half so I replaced it. Now I cant even start my **** and when I magically do it idles rough as hell and the CEL flashes. Piece. Of. ****. I need a reliable car.
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Re: Landslide of problems.

In my anger I forgot to mention that this is a 5th gen with H22a swap.
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Re: Landslide of problems.

Preludes, like 240's are not inherently unreliable vehicles. They'd do just fine if it wasn't for careless (and clueless) owners molesting and abusing them. This is why I would never buy a modified Prelude, why I couldn't find a 240, and, why it took me seven months to find a 300ZX despite viewing dozens of them. Too many "[becuz] racecar builders", swagfags, and ****boys out there, mucking about with stuff they don't know about, and then palming it off on others when they get bored, or want to buy a new hat.

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A flashing CEL is a misfire, which would explain the rough idle. Check the CEL code and find out which cylinder(s) the misfire(s) are on, and diagnose from there with any subsequent codes.

Possible causes: EGR, cap/rotor, wires, plugs, injectors, fuel pump, even poor compression.
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Re: Landslide of problems.

The newest ones are 15 years old.

So it stands to reason lots of things go wrong.
Trust me, I spent 2 years trying to get mine reliable. When I finally got it running tip top was when the mystery coolant leak began. So I've stored it for about a year now..
Until I'm ready to let it break my heart some more.

I bought a chassis with 225k+ miles and a halfarsed motor swap. The poor chassis had left the road a few times to boot.

So go get you a Corolla for the daily LA bs commute and fix the Lude 1 step at a time, then enjoy driving to Saturday car meets...
Otherwise you're going to lose your mind on this thing along with a bunch of money..

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Re: Landslide of problems.

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Preludes, like 240's are not inherently unreliable vehicles. They'd do just fine if it wasn't for careless (and clueless) owners molesting and abusing them. This is why I would never buy a modified Prelude, why I couldn't find a 240, and, why it took me seven months to find a 300ZX despite viewing dozens of them. Too many "[becuz] racecar builders", swagfags, and ****boys out there, mucking about with stuff they don't know about, and then palming it off on others when they get bored, or want to buy a new hat.



Anyways..

A flashing CEL is a misfire, which would explain the rough idle. Check the CEL code and find out which cylinder(s) the misfire(s) are on, and diagnose from there with any subsequent codes.

Possible causes: EGR, cap/rotor, wires, plugs, injectors, fuel pump, even poor compression.
The sheer number of ****bois in the 240 community have made me anti-social unless theyre proven not ****boi. Same with hondas. As for the mucking around part, as an automotive student and beginner tech, Im mucking around my car to learn and youre right, the previous guy who worked on this **** didnt have a damn clue. As for your suggestions on the CEL, cap and rotor are new, compression was ok. About 150 across. How can I test egr and the injectors?
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The newest ones are 15 years old.

So it stands to reason lots of things go wrong.
Trust me, I spent 2 years trying to get mine reliable. When I finally got it running tip top was when the mystery coolant leak began. So I've stored it for about a year now..
Until I'm ready to let it break my heart some more.

I bought a chassis with 225k+ miles and a halfarsed motor swap. The poor chassis had left the road a few times to boot.

So go get you a Corolla for the daily LA bs commute and fix the Lude 1 step at a time, then enjoy driving to Saturday car meets...
Otherwise you're going to lose your mind on this thing along with a bunch of money..

Losing my mind is the fun part. Means Im putting in effort to fix the thing.
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Re: Landslide of problems.

If it was in Florida i would just convert it to OBD1 with a rywire harness and get a tune. Cali lol
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Re: Landslide of problems.

pop in a new distributor and youll be fine
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Re: Landslide of problems.

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Losing my mind is the fun part. Means Im putting in effort to fix the thing.
I felt the same way for quite a while. It was a huge learning experience. Many of my issues were not text book, nor involved a check engine light.

Then came the day I was truely hoping space junk would land on it. From that point I kept plugging away at it for months. I had it stored away from home and put in a few hours a week until that faithful day it came home. That was around Christmas that year.

My son and I found a nearly complete 5th gen in the junkyard and we probably brought home 1/3 of the car. I spent the winter dressing up used parts to continue the restoration process. Once spring arrived and time to take it out. It had 23785x miles on it before the months long process. At this point it had 237995 miles. My year long goal was to reach 238000.

On the day of the maiden voyage as the odo went from 237999.9 to 238000.0 the check engine light came back on. It said my brand new knock sensor had failed. My oil lamp was permanently on even though the dam thing was unplugged and I lost a quart of coolant in 5 miles.

I was done! I parked it in front of my house to continue to swap better parts, gave the finish a complete restore and placed 2 high end covers over it and set out on a different hobby. I have intentions of resuming the project at some point but will probably pull the engine out and replace it.

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Re: Landslide of problems.

Phew. Damn. Let me update the situation. Replaced the Dizzy and it is still having the issue. I have a misfire on Cyl 3 and 4. Ive inspected my grounds at least 50 times and Im running out of ideas. Anybody got anything more for me to attempt?
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