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How often should the key battery be changed ?

The spare has never been used but the main key is used twice a day.

Lexus changed both mine at 2 years, is the Civic the same ?
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Do you know which batterys and how they're changed?
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It's in the manual somewhere but I'm not sure what the change period is.
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The batteries are CR1616 if I remember right. Both mine and mife's have lasted 3 years with no prob at 2 journeys a day so certainly you will get 2 years evry with quite a bit of use.

You have to undo the little screw, pop the key shell apart & take out the plip module from inside the key then unclip the back from the module and the battery slips in to the back plate. It's actually quite easy once the screw is out.
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Thanks for the info.

I'll probably rotate the keys at the weekend so the spare gets it's use over the next year.
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Not sure about the Honda keys, but on my old 307 which is from 2002, which my wife now drives, this is still on the original battery in the key and is used at least 2 times a day.

The 307 has an onboard warning that flashes up when the key battery is low, wonder if the civic has that?
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Ta

Just aware that if the key battery fails you need to open the car with the key itself, which sets off the alarm and I don't think it stops until you disarm it with a button press = get the other key out ?

Also, would the transponder recognise the key if the battery was dead = stuck
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Not so sure about the alarm going off.

Sounds like we're going to have some fun this weekend when I try it out!

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I could very well be wrong

She's always telling me that
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I've brought a new battery which I keep on me (well in my jacket) just in case! Its easier looking for a screw driver if it ever goes than a new battery. The battery cost me around 7.
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BMW used to charge when I put my key in the ignition, and I assumed it was a similar thing.

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I've brought a new battery which I keep on me (well in my jacket) just in case! Its easier looking for a screw driver if it ever goes than a new battery. The battery cost me around 7.
Good idea but ouch to 7.00 - buy them on ebay - 1.89 inc P&P for 2 batteries and they are Maxell & from the UK not some cruddy light weight cheapoid from Hong Kong
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In my previous car (Ford) you only had 30 seconds with the battery out of the key to insert the new battery. If you wern't quick enough it lost it settings and all keys had to be re-programmed.
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How often should the key battery be changed ?

The spare has never been used but the main key is used twice a day.

Lexus changed both mine at 2 years, is the Civic the same ?

Greedy is correct, the battery is a CR1616. Book of words doesn't give battery life but suggests that if it takes several pushes on the button to lock/unlock then its time to change. No other warning with regard to alarm etc..

For info, never changed the battery on my old Civic key and had that for 4 years...

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I've switched to the 'spare' for this year and I will probably change both batteries March next year which will be the one and only time I need to do it.
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I've switched to the 'spare' for this year and I will probably change both batteries March next year which will be the one and only time I need to do it.
Not a good idea!!! What happens if you loose your key and need to get the car moved/started, you'll be stuck!

You will then need to buy a new battery before you can get the car going, instead of going home and collecting the spare????
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The other key that has been in use for a year is now sitting at home quite safely and still works.

I am now using the one that has been sitting at home for the last year unused.

If they can last at least 4 years then I should be OK till I change htem next year.
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