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#519 of 2496 Honda Prelude (1992 si) - Strange noise from Engine Bay
Dec 02, 2001 (4:10 am)
Hello Prelude lovers - any diagnostic ideas for me on my 1992 Prelude si would be appreciated.
The Car has 80,000 miles and the timing belt was replaced at 60,000 miles after the car was 7 years old.
Yesterday while idling at a stop light I heard a strange sound from the engine bay. There was a loud THUNK that sounded like it came from near my left foot near the pedals and then a squeal like you might hear from a vacuum cleaner when it gets hair caught in it or a power steering unit on an old ford when you crank the wheel over to hard.
I have NEVER heard a noise like that coming from my car.
So I hear this THUNK- (belt?) squeal. The timing belt has not broken because the engine is still running. I gently pull over in a parking lot and pop the hood. Nothing seems amiss (though I do not actually know what I am looking for). In any event the engine is idling quietly. I gun it gently - it makes nice honda sewing machine like noises.
I gently drive home.
SO what could this sound have come from? Prelude and Honda experts -- this is the 1992 model with 2.0 liter engine that makes 160 hp.
Any other belts that could cause this squeak? Power steering? Alternator?
I plan to take the car in Monday for my Honda dealer to look at. Any ideas as to what the problem is would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 02, 2001 (9:38 am)
Did you turning the wheel when you heard that noise? If you do, that is the power steering pump that is on the edge. Otherwise, it might be any of the driving belt, fan belt that is slipping.
Dec 02, 2001 (6:26 pm)
Shmang - the car was not moving when I heard the belt noise and the tires were straight.
Is there another belt besides the timing belt on these cars that could be making this noise?
Thx. -- JN
#522 of 2496 Is installing ATTS on a 5th Gen Automatic Possible?
Dec 15, 2001 (11:18 pm)
I had a guy come into my stereo shop the other day (with the idential car as me--same year, color, tranny), and he told me that a dealer told him that ATTS Could be installed into his prelude for 5-6k? It just would void factory warranty. If you've heard of this please let me know. Any SH owners who have this, let me know if you think ATTS is worth the additional money. Thanks.
#523 of 2496 PLEASE ADVISE ASAP
Dec 16, 2001 (3:03 pm)
Answer A.s.a.p !!!
Hey guys, waz going oN? ...havent been on in a while, but I just need osme last minute advice before I store my prelude away. It's a 97 with a Neuspeed drop of about 1.5, or something close , don't remember, it also haz da skitz n all if dat matterz. The former owner of the car was telling me something about putting bricks or something like dat between the suspension and the car, I dunt rememebr exactly what he told me. Could someone tell me what I would have to do to the Lude while putting it away for 3 or 4 monthz ? Do I have to change any liquids or could I just leave everything as is ? ?
#524 of 2496 Winter Storage Tips for confused07
Dec 22, 2001 (11:32 am)
Same situation here and these are what I do:
1. First I would assume that your car is gonna be stored indoors.
2. Change oil & filter (A MUST).
3. Wash & wax the car. Make sure the car is thoroughly dried prior to putting away for storage. Same goes for interior - make sure it's clean and dry. Clean the alloy wheels cos the brake dusts are very corrosive.
4. Inflate the tires to approx. 5-8 psi over. This will prevent the tires from developing flat spots.
5. Seal/cover the exhaust tips so moisture won't go in and build up inside the pipes.
6. Remove the battery and place it on a block of wood. If you decide to leave the battery in the car at least you disconnect it.
7. If the storage has a concrete floor then you may wish to place a thick piece of plastic sheet under the car (I use a 12' X 20' tarp) to prevent moisture invasion from the bottom.
8. I personally do not put the car on blocks because this would make the suspension to sag and it would also put stress on the areas which are not designed to tolerate. If you do wish to jack it up, then you want to put the blocks under the lower arms instead of the frame - this will still save your tires and bearing and prevent the frame from bending. For me, I would just inflate the tires to 38 psi and move the car back or forth once in a while. That'll be just fine.
9. Leave the parking/emergency brakes OFF. Put the transmission in gear or block the wheels.
10. Start the car at least once a month and let it run for 15 min or so. Run the A/C at high temp setting. This circulates the lubricant in the compressor and removes the moisture inside the cabin. NOTE: if the weather permits and the road is clear, you may wish to take it out for a spin. Some suggest that you don't run the engine at all during the storage if you don't drive it at all, since the engine would not reach the temperature high enough to remove the moisture build up in the engine and exhaust (simply running the engine at idle would make it even worse). Anyway, the decision is all up to you. Just make sure you have good ventilation when running the engine.
11. Fill up the tank and add some fuel stablizer in it so the gas won't go bad over time.
12. Keep the wiper blades off the windshield by supporting the arms with folds of towel or something.
13. Lube the weatherstriping with some silicone spray and wax its mating surface.
These are what I do and you can tell that I'm very anal about my car
Hope this help.
#525 of 2496 Is installing ATTS on a 5th Gen Automatic Possible?
Dec 22, 2001 (12:14 pm)
It is possible but not worth it doing it 'cos you'll need a SH block, a manual tranny, a whole ATTS system, a SH front suspension, and a Type SH emblem. You might as well just go buy a new SH. By the way, the ATTS worths every penny of it you can ask every SH owner.
Dec 24, 2001 (9:57 am)
thanx for the advice eggparm..very much appreciated. So if i just put my car on a big piece of plactic, and deflate the tires a bit, even though I got that neuspeed suspension, I will be alright ? Somebody was teling me If I leave my car alone for 3 monthz, that the brakes might jam or something like that...Nonsence righT? and its stored in doorz...thanx again
Dec 26, 2001 (9:39 am)
Hey man, you need to INFLATE the tires instead of deflate them. Don't worry about the suspension it'll be just fine. The brakes might jam if they are not completely dried prior to storage. So after your last car wash you want to drive it a little bit to get the water out of the brake system and other components (instead of just wash it and store it). Moving the car back and forth once in a while during the storage can also assure that your brakes are fine. Good luck!
#528 of 2496 Which would be a better buy.
Dec 31, 2001 (7:08 am)
A Honda Prelude 5 spd regular not sho(my leading choice as of this moment), Acura RSX Type S, Toyota Celica GTS or Mercedes C230 coupe? I've done 3 months of internet and book research, but now I'm looking for some opinions of people who may have driven these cars. Also I was wondering what is the 5th gen prelude's redline.