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My 03 Civic's a Lemon! - Battery/Some sort of power issue!

Old 27-Nov-2005, 08:39 AM
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My 03 Civic's a Lemon! - Battery/Some sort of power issue!

It will not start. It's not getting any power from the battery (or it may be draining the battery and it's completely dead.)

They replaced the battery 4 days ago. Yesterday morning, I get in my car to start it up, NOTHING. Even before getting into my car, I have power locks with a remote, tried to unlock the doors.. No luck. When you insert your key and your driver side door is open, you'll hear the beeping., none of that either! I had to get a boost to get the car started and took it to Formula Honda (where I'm leasing this car.) and they changed the alternator. So, I figured the problem is fixed. This morning, getting ready to go to work, press door unlock on my remote, NOTHING!!!!

This is the 5th time this has happened where I had to get a boost. It hs 61K on it. I leased it brand new from Honda in August of 03.

Does anyone have any ideas. I'm going to Formula Honda tomorrow, as it's closed today. But, I can't not go to work, because of this problem.
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Old 27-Nov-2005, 10:16 AM
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its still under warranty so you dont need to worry.
they will definately take care of it.

maybe something is staying on, a light or something like that.
maybe you got a bad batt. contact.
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Old 27-Nov-2005, 10:49 AM
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yeah i would check to make sure that the terminals are on the battery good and tight.
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cars are like that it dont matter which kind they are....i always found this true when people build cars.....it was made on a monday= there were still hung over from the weekend....how would you feel going to work after a weekend of partying.....it was built on a friday= you in a rush to get done....partying here i come
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Old 27-Nov-2005, 11:58 PM
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Originally posted by hdave
its still under warranty so you dont need to worry.
they will definately take care of it.
I have an 03 civic bought in 02. Some parts (i.e. transmission, cylinders, fuel pump, oil pump, brearings, etc.) are still covered under the the standard 5yr (100,000km) powertrain warranty, but most common things part of the ignition/fuel/exhaust systems are only covered up to 3yr (60,000km).

So around this time, say if I needed a new battery, oxygen sensor, or new distributor, I would have to pay for them myself.
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Old 28-Nov-2005, 01:19 PM
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Sounds like you have some type of drain have you installed anything aftermarket recently?
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Old 29-Nov-2005, 02:20 AM
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Originally posted by pwllam

I have an 03 civic bought in 02. Some parts (i.e. transmission, cylinders, fuel pump, oil pump, brearings, etc.) are still covered under the the standard 5yr (100,000km) powertrain warranty, but most common things part of the ignition/fuel/exhaust systems are only covered up to 3yr (60,000km).

So around this time, say if I needed a new battery, oxygen sensor, or new distributor, I would have to pay for them myself.
battery, oxy sensor are wear and tear items.
they dont get covered.
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Old 29-Nov-2005, 11:30 AM
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yeah my cat went after 3months and all i had was an intake.
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Old 29-Nov-2005, 02:35 PM
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Originally posted by Team Rukus


battery, oxy sensor are wear and tear items.
they dont get covered.
With newer civics, the battery gets covered to 2 years and the O2 sensor is covered to 3 yrs(or 60,000k).
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Old 30-Nov-2005, 01:29 AM
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oh i c.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought all emission parts were covered to 130,000 km???
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought all emission parts were covered to 130,000 km???
All emissions parts (exhaust pipes, manifold, fuel injectors, EGR, etc.) are covered only to 3yrs or 60,000km with the exception of the catalytic converter and engine control module (ECM), which are covered for 8yrs or 130,000km.
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sounds like a power draw from something
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 04:18 PM
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So, here's the status report.

Car doesn't start on Wednesday, Nov 23,

Changed the battery on Wednesday, November 23rd.
Car doesn't start 3 days later (Saturday)

Changed the alternator on Saturday, November 26.
Car doesn't start next day.

Take car into Formula Honda on Monday (Closed on Sunday)
Changed the battery again on Tuesday Nov 29.
Car doesn't start today (4 days later)

I have a rental today. They have no idea what problem is. It has 61k. 2 years and 4 months old leasing from Formula Honda.


What are my options?
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 04:20 PM
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Everything is stock. No starter, no subs/amps, absolutely nothing!!!
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 08:05 PM
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i think something is staying on or drawign power.

dont worry its under warranty, honda mechanics arent really the brightest, but they will definately take care of you since your under warranty.
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 08:24 PM
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Actually, it's technically not under warranty.

I've past 61K.. But, it's less than 3 years old. The greatest thing I've ever done was report this problem when it originally occurred back in June. Samething happened about last month.

Both times, they did an "AVR Test" and found that there's nothing wrong with battery.

It's a lease that has 20 months left. I'd like to break the lease and get something else. I don't want toe 06 civic as it's ugly IMO. If it's the only thing I can afford, obviously I have no other choice. But, it's like Formula Honda's unwilling to recognize the fact that there's something wrong. I'll be calling Honda Canada on Monday. Is there any particular department I should speak to re: Lemon car, breaking lease and getting another car that's not a lemon withotu having to pay an arm and leg for "breaking" the lease.. But, I signed the lease for 4 years under the pretense that I'll have a functioning automobile for 4 years and nto 2 years.
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Is the battery getting drained and just not providing enough power to turn the car over?

Assuming your battery/alternator/starter is fine, might be a problem with your distributor and/or spark plugs.
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Old 03-Dec-2005, 08:40 PM
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Battery is getting drained.

When I try to unlock my doors (keyless entry) - Nothing! Usually my lights flash. Nothing.

When I get in insert key in ignition and leave driver side door open (should beep telling you key is ignition.) -- nothing!

Try to crank - dead silence!
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Old 04-Dec-2005, 01:58 AM
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Originally posted by pwllam
Is the battery getting drained and just not providing enough power to turn the car over?

Assuming your battery/alternator/starter is fine, might be a problem with your distributor and/or spark plugs.

they dont have distributors

you already replaced the battery? if so

pm me and ill help you out im a tech just not a honda tech
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