1993 Honda Prelude 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 135000 miles
Just replaced shift cable, clutch/flywheel, rear main seal, and mounts in my prelude a few weeks ago. Did this with the motor outside of the vehicle. Changed oil and transmission fluid, too.
After a few days of driving I noticed 3rd gear started to make the steering wheel shake when accelerating. Gradually, this degrade has spread it seems, and 2nd and 4th have the same feel as well; 3rd is dreadfull now. It has been a little over 2 weeks. Yesterday, I noticed fluid surrounding the side and bottom of the transmission; there was a bit of spill when filling fluids after putting the motor in, though, so that may just be spilled fluid.
Here are some details about the new parts:
It is an aftermarket clutch and flywheel. I read another answer to a clutch question and you guys said that contamination and oil on the clutch happens more often with aftermarket clutches.
The mounts are solid steel mounts with eurothane inserts. Vibration from these mounts shouldn't occur above idle RPM's. I've had the same mounts with stiffer inserts in another prelude and didn't have this problem.
Not a new part, but the CV-axles have never been replaced as far as I know. Might have a lot of miles on them.
This might be a separate problem, but my ABS light also came on about the same time the shaking started, 2 days into (almost) fixed car.
I started smelling fluid about 3 days ago, which was about 12 days of driving car. I can't identify the smell. It seems a little different everytime I drive. I just shrugged it off as spilled fluid burning off the exhaust. Um, I only average about 2 to 5 miles a day. Every few days I may have a longer trip (once or twice a week); about 25 miles.
Also, the shaking in the wheel is worse the harder I press the throttle. I can feel the shaking in the gas pedal now, too. I'm thinking it's contamination to the clutch/flywheel, but the way it shakes feels like it's coming from the wheels to the transmission, so I'm not sure what it is in between. It's not the tires, they are new, balanced, and aligned. I'm going to check the fluids tomorrow and see if I can find some kind of leak. Another concern is that this could be my rack and pinion. Or maybe I'm leaking transmission fluid?
Monday, August 16th, 2010 AT 1:37 AM