1997 Honda Prelude fire


Engine Performance problem
1997 Honda Prelude 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual 130000 miles

my honda prelude, is not starting. Its got spark tons of it, fuel pressure, and fuel is getting to cylinders. Getting air. All though I found water in my cool air intake. Took spark plugs our and opened intake to dry out for two days at 85f. Replaced with new. Spark plugs, rotor cap and wires. Oil and filter. Air filter. Checked all conections for corrosion. Charged battery. Got all back together. Turned it over once and I shot fire out the intake.(Backfired). Im to scared of trying it again. Can this damage the motor, intake, or anything. Ive heard that this could be a result of timing belt skipping a tooth. Is there anything else that could cause this problum? Is the h22a4 a non-interfearance motor? Does it take the motor droped down and out to fix timing belt or can it be fixed in the car. But I have a performance clutch to put in also so I guess I can make it a winter project. Any information will help.

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Monday, November 23rd, 2009 AT 11:45 PM

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Hi there, this could be a valve timing issue, ignition timing problem, crossed leads, all will have to be investigated, thing about what is happening, you have an ignition source with an inlet valve open, (back fire through inlet) or a cross firing ignition lead, voltage jumping from one lead to another, all things that can cause this problem, the timing belt you can do in car but it is a tight fit.

Mark (mhpautos)

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