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1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out


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Tyroc
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Sep 13, 2017, 6:53 PM

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1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out Sign In

My son has a 88 Honda prelude with the 2.0 Si 4ws. It has a little hesitation but nothing serious. Now it starts up and idles fine and even seems to go backwards good. But when you put it in gear and the minute you let the clutch out the car dies. you can push the clutch back in and it runs good again, it will rev up and sounds ok until the clutch engages then it dies. if you hold the clutch so that it isn't fully engaged the car will go but as soon as its fully engaged it stops. Any ideas. we have changed the plugs and wires and distributor. Set the timing replaced the fuel filter, It doesn't have a mass airflow sensor so I am stumped


Tyroc
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Oct 2, 2017, 9:18 PM

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Re: 1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out Sign In

I guess there are not any Honda mechanics out there. Thanks anyways


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 2, 2017, 10:00 PM

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Re: 1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out Sign In

Tyroc: Some things that can be an issue with just the age and general type of vehicle.
Quoting you >"But when you put it in gear and the minute you let the clutch out the car dies. you can push the clutch back in and it runs good again, it will rev up and sounds ok until the clutch engages then it dies. if you hold the clutch so that it isn't fully engaged the car will go but as soon as its fully engaged it stops.<"
There's a clue in that isn't brand associated. This is running then dies related to pressure on clutch? I'd suspect a poor ground cable battery to engine block but both need to be spot on clean and good.


What may be happening is the torque of pressure using the clutch is re-routing ground thru linkage by pressure and spot of travel. Really need to know it's not that as just a couple assorted vehicles would be sensitive like that not as old would choose cables - anything that's the next best way to find ground over load items not meant to be electrical at all, cause harm from heat to things that pivot or move to do with clutch.


Do totally check condition of especially the negative cable must be clean, not corroded at either end and to body metal. IDK if original battery end u-bolts they didn't fare too well unless assertively lube and kept in good shape IMO substandard from new almost has to have been already a problem and the fix may not be so great more than once or twice by now.


I'll save the novel but can check cables with a DVOM for ohms to change with use of the clutch pedal and assorted checks.


You would know this is the area of trouble by just using one good jumper cable batter negative to known engine ground doubles up that and the bizzare behavior quits you know your problem is with that. Keep overlaying a cable like that out of harm's way if you test like that or now hard to find exact OE stuff may need to splice in quality ends if cable is still good at all maybe even make one up totally.


Quality means any splicing with the right metals assorted ends available - solder or a type that really about duplicates an original up to being better than the OE types of these and other cars like it - assorted makes was a trouble spot long before this age now,


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Tyroc
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Oct 4, 2017, 4:09 PM

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Re: 1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out Sign In

Thanks I will check that out. I really appreciate it


Sidom
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Oct 5, 2017, 12:57 PM

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Re: 1988 Honda Prelude mini stock dies when the clutch is let out Sign In

So it won't drive at all or you have to rev it really high to take off?

If so does it feel like it's "binding" when it's trying to go forward?

If so I would get down at the trany and manually move the arms to go thru the gears....


If it's binding trying to go forward, it sounds like the trans is jammed in the reverse gear....






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(This post was edited by Sidom on Oct 5, 2017, 12:58 PM)






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