Sounds like you're on the right track.Hi guys, I'm brand new to this site and to forums in general, and I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I purchased a really clean, 1 owner, stock 2000 Prelude SH a few months ago (my first car!) and it's been running pretty well, but the paint on the roof and the hood is fading pretty bad. The clear coat hasn't started peeling but the paint is definitely getting dull. I've tried waxing it, washing it, etc., to no avail, and I really don't want it to get any worse, nor do I have the money to repaint it, seeing as how I'm a broke college student. I was wondering if anyone would know how to attempt to restore the paint or show me another forum related to this topic that could help?
Also, a couple weeks ago on the highway, going about 75mph, my harmonic balancer came loose, snapped my serpentine belt and power steering belt, and broke my power steering pump (or so the dealership told me). I've been doing some research and I think I need new motor mounts sometime in the future (the car vibrates at idle, shudders when setting off in first, and I can feel a jolt when shifting from first to second at high revs, seems like the motor and transmission jerking around in the engine bay or something. I don't beat on the car by any means, but occasionally I like to rev it up to have a little fun). I'm thinking that the two issues (balancer, motor mounts) could be related. Could the motor mounts going bad cause enough vibration for the harmonic balancer to just come off, or am I just being paranoid?
The car has 112,000 miles on it and still has the original clutch, which I know will need to be replaced sooner or later but I don't think that it is the root of my problem at this point since it still shifts fine during everyday driving.
If anyone could help me out with any of that whole mess, even just to tell me what forums to look at, that would be fantastic. Thanks in advance and sorry for the long post, I know I'm a newbie so please take it easy on me.
Paint restoration could be done on the faded areas but that only lasts for so long.
Harmonic balancer issues are pretty common. A little thread lock usually takes care of it - and replacing anything damaged (woodroof key, crank bolt, harmonic balancer)
Check your front mount and drivers mount. These are the first ones to fail. The drivers will be clearly separated and leaking, the front is a little more difficult to check but it too will be torn up.