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Angry help please

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i have a 2006 2.2 ex i-ctdi

i have had the car since march and about once every month the battery goes flat for no reason, i.e , car has been left over night and will not start yet when away on holiday the car was left for 10 days and started with no problems there is no pattern to it .

i think it could be the battery on its way out so i took the car to hernys honda glasgow ( titwood road ) and asked if they could have a quick check of the battery .

was giving the girl the car details and walk with her out to the car and as she was about to drive it to the service bay she said " oh there is a 50 service charge to look at the car " i did ask if she was joking .

so i am looking for any help on this and i would rather spend the 50 plus VAT on a new battery and see if it works

any help or info would be greatfully accepted

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The battery on the current Civic, has been a problem for many on here.
Honda didn't fit the best in Town.
Are you turning everything off of a night :- windscreen wipers etc etc.
Such things, still take a trickle from the battery, when left on.
For an 06, it hasn't done too badly though, as the b-ggers seem to inbuild a timer on batteries, to conk out a week after the warranty expires.
Take the car to another tyre & battery centre, I have never heard of such a thing (50 indeed)
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hi jack

everything is off at night , there is no way of knowing

thought the woman was just trying to put me off as it was near finnishing time !!

will try to get it check elsewhere, problem is what happens if its not the battery

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Too many have had intermittant flat batteries on here.
I'm pretty sure that is all it is mate.
I'm sure that I will soon be blown out of the water, if others think differently.
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You could disconnect the battery, put a meter between the disconected lead and terminal on the battery with everything off and see if a current is still flowing this will tell you somthing is on, I have known of a boot light being on when the boot is shut thus draining the battery even though everything was off.. ( if you have a meter or know someone)
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Do you know if your cars gone in for the MICU recall fix?

It's a very common problem on the earlier Civics.
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I have known of a boot light being on when the boot is shut thus draining the battery even though everything was off..
+1 also seen this before for Glove box lights
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+1 also seen this before for Glove box lights
The glove box light should only come on with your sidelights
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Also make sure all doors and the boot are shut properly


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hi


battery and car got clean bill of health

battery is in good condition

there is nothing draining it

so what do i do now ????


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battery and car got clean bill of health

battery is in good condition

there is nothing draining it

so what do i do now ????


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Something must be draining it if it keeps going flat. As above, take it into your Honda dealer and find out if it's had the MICU fix carried out.

There's a problem with the early models where it doesn't go into standby when the car is locked and continues to drain the battery.

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The glove box light should only come on with your sidelights
Sorry, old git here, glovebox lights used to come on whenever you opened the glovebox on older cars. They weren't hooked in to the sidelights. Faulty switch/light would drain batt down and could take ages to fined
Was just a comment on odd things that could drain down your batt
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Ah right. I thought you meant you knew about a case on a Civic where the glove box light was staying on.

Which would probably mean interconnected wires or a short or some other fiddly situation like that lol

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hi

i have a 2006 2.2 ex i-ctdi

i have had the car since march and about once every month the battery goes flat for no reason, i.e , car has been left over night and will not start yet when away on holiday the car was left for 10 days and started with no problems there is no pattern to it .

i think it could be the battery on its way out so i took the car to hernys honda glasgow ( titwood road ) and asked if they could have a quick check of the battery .

was giving the girl the car details and walk with her out to the car and as she was about to drive it to the service bay she said " oh there is a 50 service charge to look at the car " i did ask if she was joking .

so i am looking for any help on this and i would rather spend the 50 plus VAT on a new battery and see if it works

any help or info would be greatfully accepted

maxy
The chances are that it is your battery needs replacing and that is easy to check. Just take it to any service centre and a battery check takes 30 seconds.
Regarding your dealer charge I think some misunderstanding arose as my dealer would never dream of charging in those circumstances
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Just had a thought...is the battery checked on a free Honda 'health check'?

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hi

should i take the car in to honda or phone them ,

i take it that the MICU drains the battery when the car is locked and would not show up when they where checking the battery ?

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Regarding your dealer charge I think some misunderstanding arose as my dealer would never dream of charging in those circumstances

there was no misunderstanding as she said that the charge was honda standard charge to look at cars , i did ask how she expected to get new customers !!!
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hi

spoke to honda ,

gave them the vin number , they say the recall does not effect my car.

so i am now stumped , might just buy a new battery and see how it goes

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Hmmm, would you be able to get ahold of another battery? See if that one goes flat. Then at least you'd know whether it's the battery at fault or the car.

Saves you buying a new one if it's not the battery that's the problem.
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