1998 Honda Prelude HELP PLEASE!

Tiny
JSERR01
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  • 1998 HONDA PRELUDE
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 115,000 MILES
I have a 1998 Honda Prelude VTEC That I have a problem with. I am driving the car down the road normally but sometimes I need to accelerate it a little up to 4, 5TH RPM and the car responds normally but after 4 or 5 seconds the check engine light comes one and you fell that the car has no power. Sometimes when you stop at a light the engine turns off. You have to open and close the ignition switch a couple of times in order to start. If you don't stop an keep on driving you can accelerate and the car will not respond. It feels like there is not enough fuel on the system. After 2 or 3 minutes driving it with out stopping. It has its normal power back. But if you accelerate it aging it will do the same thing. I cant really remember what the code is but it says that fuel and air are not the same. I Changed the fuel pump but it dose the same thing. I also changed the fuel regulator valve that is located in the injector's rail, but it did not help. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
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Monday, August 10th, 2009 AT 6:01 PM

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Tiny
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Hi jserr01,

The exact trouble code is required to understand the problem and you can get it scanned and retrieved for free at your local Autozone parts outlets.

Let me know the exact trouble code and we shall try to get to the bottom of this.
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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 11:31 AM
Tiny
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I Just changed my battery yesterday so I will have to wait until I accelerate it up to 4, 5 RPM in Order for that specific cod comes up again. I remember it was P1259 but to be 100% sure I would have to check it again. But I have Some other one's that the car has right now, they are P0171, P0170, AND P0402. PLEASE HELP ME I WILL APPRECIATE IT A LOT
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 9:41 PM
Tiny
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P0171 = System too lean. Possible causes are leaking vacumns.

P0170 and P0402 are not found in trouble code list.

Please reconfirm.
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 6:52 AM
Tiny
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I check and this is what the other 2 codes say. What could this be.

P0402. Exhaust Gas Recirculation Flow Excessive Detected

P0170. Fuel Trim (Bank 1)
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 2:16 PM
Tiny
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I understand what the codes are but they do not apply to your model from the DTC table.

P0170 should be related to P0171 so we can leave it aside first.

As to P0402, if it is excessive EGR valve lift, the possible cause would be a stuck EGR valve causing the poor performance.
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 2:34 PM
Tiny
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I am sorry for taking so long but I was out of town. The code the car is reading is.

P1259 Manufacturer controlled fuel and air metering.

Can you please help me and tell me what is wrong with my car.
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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 AT 2:41 PM
Tiny
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DTC P1259 - VTEC PRESSURE SWITCH & SOLENOID VALVE CIRCUIT

1 . Perform PCM reset procedure. Start engine and run at 3000 RPM with no loads and transmission in Park or Neutral until radiator fan comes on. Road test vehicle. Accelerate in 1st gear to an engine speed of more than 6000 RPM. Hold specified engine speed for at least 2 seconds. If DTC P1259 is not repeated during first road test, repeat road test 2 more times. If DTC P1259 is indicated, go to next step. If DTC P1259 is not indicated, problem is intermittent. System is okay at this time. Check for poor connections or loose wires between VTEC pressure switch, solenoid valve and PCM connectors. Repair as necessary.

2 . Turn ignition off. Disconnect VTEC pressure switch 2 -pin connector. Check for VTEC pressure switch continuity between switch terminals No. 1 (Blue/Black wire) and No. 2 (Brown/Black wire). If continuity exists, go to next step. If continuity does not exist, replace VTEC pressure switch.

3 . Turn ignition on. Check voltage between ground and VTEC pressure switch harness connector terminal No. 1 (Blue/Black wire). If about 12 volts exists, go to next step. If about 12 volts does not exist, check for an open or short in Blue/Black wire between VTEC pressure switch and PCM 31 -pin connector "C" terminal C15. If wire is okay, substitute a known-good PCM and recheck. If symptom or problem goes away, replace original PCM.

4 . Measure voltage between VTEC pressure switch harness connector terminals. If about 12 volts exists, go to next step. If about 12 volts does not exist, repair open in Black wire between VTEC pressure switch and ground connection G101, located at right side of engine, near VTEC pressure switch.

5 . Remove 10 -mm oil pressure inspection bolt located above thermo- stat housing and connect
an oil pressure gauge. Connect a tachometer. Start engine and warm to operating temperature. Because engine is running with no load, oil pressure must be checked within one minute. Check oil pressure at engine speeds of 1000, 3000 and 5000 RPM. If oil
pressure is less than 7 psi, go to next step. If oil pressure is 7 psi or more, go to step 11).

6 . Turn ignition off. Disconnect VTEC solenoid valve connector. Using a fused jumper wire, connect battery voltage to VTEC solenoid valve terminal. Start engine and check oil pressure at 5000 RPM. If oil pressure is more than 60 psi, go to next step. If oil pressure is not more than 60 psi, go to step 11).

7 . Turn ignition off. Reconnect VTEC pressure switch connector. Start engine. With battery voltage connected to VTEC solenoid valve terminal, measure voltage between PCM 31 -pin connector "C" terminals C15 (Blue/Black wire) and PCM 32 -pin connector "A" terminal A10 (Black wire) or A23 (Black wire). See Fig. 1 and Fig. 3 . If about 12 volts exists at more than 5000 RPM, go to next step. If about 12 volts does not exist at more than 5000
RPM, replace VTEC pressure switch.


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8 . Turn ignition off. Disconnect battery voltage from VTEC solenoid valve. Measure resistance between ground and VTEC solenoid valve terminal. If resistance is 14 -30 ohms, go to next step. If resistance is not 14- 30 ohms, replace VTEC solenoid valve.

9 . Check for continuity in Green/Yellow wire between VTEC solenoid valve harness connector terminal and PCM 32 -pin connector "A" terminal A8. See Fig. 1 . If continuity exists, go to next step. If continuity does not exist, repair open in Green/Yellow wire between VTEC solenoid valve and PCM.

10 . Check for continuity between ground and VTEC solenoid valve harness connector terminal. If continuity does not exist, substitute a known-good PCM and recheck. If symptom or problem goes away, replace original PCM. If continuity exists, repair short in Green/Yellow wire between VTEC solenoid valve and PCM.

11 . Remove VTEC solenoid valve assembly from cylinder head. Check VTEC solenoid valve filter/"O" ring and valve plunger for clogging. If filter/"O" ring is okay, go to next step. If filter/"O" ring is clogged, replace engine oil and oil filter. Repair or replace as necessary.

12 . Push VTEC solenoid valve plunger with finger and ensure normal movement. Repair or replace as necessary. If plunger movement is normal, ensure engine oil pressure is correct.

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 AT 3:11 PM

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