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Had a problem with my '56 plate Civic tonight wondering if anybody has had similar problems or could help out?

Walked up to my car after work, central locking didn't open, just thought battery in key fob had died. Opened car with my key, alarm went off as can be expected. Tried to start the car but it wouldn't, just chugged and all the lights on the dashboard were flashing on and off as though there wasn't enough power to power up lights on the dash or something or like there was a crossed connection somewhere causing it to cut out. Tried a few times as you do as leaving it a few minutes seemed to give some power back to the car. Called the AA and they came out an hour later. First thing they did is test the battery which was dead/low on power. So they connected up their portable charger thingy and after a few mins asked me to try and start the car, for a second it seemed it had sorted it, all power back as it should be even remotely opening the doors, dashboard lit up properly, tried to start the engine and it was trying to start as normal but just turning over, sounded like it had the power to start but would do everything but start. The AA man noticed the green key symbol was flashing and hadn't gone out. He thinks the car has "forgotten" the key, as though its not recognising it and getting past the immobilister stage, he said sometimes it can do this if jump starting the car can cause it to bugger up the electrics but I hadn't tried to jump start, just waited for AA

So he says its probably a box between the ignition and the ECU that holds the key information. The car is still at work so I'm going back tomorrow (on the bus, ugh!) and will try it with my spare key but the AA reckon its more likely the car thats "forgotten" the key rather than the other way round. He thhinks its a Honda fix only because not many people specialise in Hondas with them normally being so reliable, so I'm dreading the worst cost wise, but we will see. I know of someone who can re-program keys/cars so might not be too expensive if he can do it but I'll see if the spare key works first in the morning....

Just wondering if anybody else has heard of this? I've searched the forums and found plenty of people are having dead battery issues which might have been the start of the cause of the key problems, but can't find anything on this issue, even though the AA guy says its relatively common in comparrison to him hardly having any other issues with Hondas in general...
 

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If the aa man connected the jump leads while your keys were in the ignition you've tripped the immobiliser. Needs ressetting by garage/Honda most likely.

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The AA guy wiped the transponder code off the key mate :( You need to get it reprogrammed at Honda.

ALWAYS remove the key from the ignition when connecting the battery.
 

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The AA guy wiped the transponder code off the key mate :( You need to get it reprogrammed at Honda.

ALWAYS remove the key from the ignition when connecting the battery.
Thanks for the quick replies guys

Keys were in my pocket when they connected the the charger upto my battery, he then asked me to try starting it.

If it is that the transpoder code has been wiped off, does anybody know how much it costs at Honda (looking at worst case scenrio "just in case") thanks
 

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I have a receipt ftom honda from the previous owner for £285 to reprogram key to the immobiliser:eek:
 

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Thanks people. Praying the spare key will work and then I can get my current key reprogrammed in my own time rather than rushing to get the car fixed. £285 sounds about what I was expecting - not cheap but so long as thats it then I can live with that, when I had a 2004 mini I had over £1,000 worth of work done on electrical issues that would have cost double that at a dealer ! :(
 

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My mates 2004 mini's rear lights stopped working and BMW charged him £500 to locate and fix the electrical issue!

Good luck with the civic though.

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My mates 2004 mini's rear lights stopped working and BMW charged him £500 to locate and fix the electrical issue!

Good luck with the civic though.

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Thanks. Yeah Minis can cost a fortune, I had 4 of them before the Civic and even at Mini specialists electrical work can cost a fortune.

thanks :)
 

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Well good news.

Although the spare key didn't work, the AA came out again, tried to charge the battery again, tried the spare key, no luck, towed it to my local Honda dealer in Manchester

They confirmed the car had some how forgotten its settings with the keys at the same time as the batery going flat. They recoded the keys to the car (or the car to the keys?!) for just £45. They also charged the battery and did a full test on it to make sure the battery was ok and didn't need replacing which was an additional £18.

So £63 in total, I was amazed for an official dealer that it was this low (although the battery charge was expensive for what it is!). When I had BMW made Minis it cost a fortune for anything at a dealer, and to be fair most back street garages charge £50 just to diagnose a fault.

Car cleaned and vacced as well (well over due too!) so not bad for the money all in all. Got the car back the day I gave it to them (again with Mini you have to prebook a couple of days in advance normally).

Happy chappy!
 
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