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Old 22 Aug 2007, 07:18 am
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Default Why won't my honda prelude start?

makes funny noise when I try to start it
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 07:26 am
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Do you have gas..did the battery run out...many reasons..call up a mechanic.
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 07:32 am
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Could be a bad starter or weak battery.
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 07:36 am
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What is it doing? Will it turn over? DO you have spark at the plugs. If not then you have a fuel problem
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 07:40 am
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you answered your own question--- Honda
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 08:08 am
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^^ Why would you answer in the Honda section just to insult it? ^^Anyways, it could be a number of problems, starter, battery, spark plugs, no gas :P. But, if it makes a sound, I don't think it's the battery, if the battery was dead it wold make no sound at all. If your lights all work, it's not the battery. Make sure all spark plugs are clean and have the proper gapping, buy new ones for the ones you thinl need to be replaced. As for the started, I'm not sure how to check, try and get it to a garage some how and have a trusted mechanic look at everything.
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 08:10 am
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check the power and ur ground going to ur starter if its not ur starter then check if ur gettin spark if there is no spark take off ur distributer cap and clean the rotor and the prongs in the cap itself if no spark still then get a new dist. if sparking spray starting fluid into the intake manifold if still no starting check ur fuel pump ur fuel filter and ur injectors. if still not running take the ecu out and take it to a diagnostics place to get the code.
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Old 22 Aug 2007, 08:18 am
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You are pretty light with your description but I will bet that "funny noise" is a rapid clicking sound and pretty much nothing else happens and then the clicking itself goes away.In this case, you don't have enough electricity to keep the start relay operating correctly. It's function is to route high current capacity power to the starter to turn over the engine and start it.One question would help... does it start when you connect jumper cables to another vehicle? If it does, the problem is electrical and relatively easy to fix.The simple answer is your battery is dead. A more complex thought is why it is dead and that usually means the alternator isn't charging it anymore. I've had so many batteries fail from faulty alternators that I am almost accustomed to replacing batteries and alternators in pairs! If you have a volt meter, measure the battery voltage with the car off. It should be around 12 volts (11.5-12.5 would be acceptable). If the car starts with jumper cables, disconnect the jumper cables and check the voltage of the battery with the engine running. It should show higher voltage (13 -15 volts) which tells you the alternator is working trying to charge the battery.If your voltage is low with the car not running, the battery needs a charge or replacing. If the voltage doesn't increase with the engine running, you need another alternator. The battery could still be bad so I recommend you go to Autozone and have them do a free battery check. They connect a load to your battery and check it right there in the parking lot for free.A really bad battery could prevent the car from starting even with jumper cables. Disconnecting the battery and hooking the jumper cables directly to the terminal clamps/wires would allow the car to get power only from the other car and may show your battery as bad.When and if you do get the car running, you should be able to disconnect any of the battery connections and the car should stay running. If it dies when a cable is lifted, it means the battery was supplying all the power needed to stay runningn instead of the alternator, i.e. the alternator is bad.Add some detail about the noise your car makes when you try to start it and I am sure you will get better answers.Good luck
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