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#16 of 69 Please help me with my alarm!!
Jan 24, 2009 (8:25 pm)
I just bought a 2002 Accord and the alarm keeps going off, 3-4 times, for no apparent reason (while I'm sleeping no less!!). I was told to check the doors, trunk, hood and windows to make sure everything was closed properly and they were. Went to an Honda dealership and was told it's probably the hood latch, they have experienced this before. Hood closes just fine though. Does anyone have any other ideas as to what might cause this before I spend money to fix it? I can't lock my car incase it happens again.
#17 of 69 Re: Please help me with my alarm!! [paulaw]
Jan 25, 2009 (8:37 am)
The hood latch on my 04 Accord has the alarm switch mounted in/on it. I'm assuming your 02 is similar. Like all hood latches, they collect all the grease/grime/dust from the road. My suggestion would be to spray the whole latch with WD40. Soak it down real good, you can't really overdue it. Now close-open-close the hood a few times to work the mechanism. This will help distribute the oil. Hopefully what's going on is the alarm switch is sticking, and adding the lube will work it loose.
#18 of 69 Re: Please help me with my alarm!! [mrbill1957]
Jan 25, 2009 (9:22 am)
Thanks Mrbill, I'll try that. Can you see the hood latch alarm swith? Is it something I can disconnect incase the WD40 isn't enough to stop the problem?
#19 of 69 Re: Please help me with my alarm!! [paulaw]
Jan 26, 2009 (4:47 pm)
Not sure if you can see the switch on your 02. On my 04, when I look at the hood latch, I can see the cable for the hood release, and I also see an electrical cable going to the latch. Thats probably the alarm switch since I don't know of anything else electrical on a hood latch. As far as disconnecting, that probably can be done, but if you do unplug the switch, that cable will need to be jumpered (shorted) to keep from triggering the alarm.
#20 of 69 Re: Please help me with my alarm!! [mrbill1957]
Jan 27, 2009 (7:23 am)
I'll have a look for the switch...thanks for your help!
#21 of 69 Re: 2005 Honda Accord Security [elroy5]
Feb 27, 2009 (11:17 am)
"The security system automatically sets 15 seconds after you lock the doors, hood and trunk. For the system to activate, you must lock the doors from the outside with the key, lock tab, door lock switch, or remote transmitter. The security system light on the instrument panel starts blinking immediately to show you the system is setting itself."
This is a direct quote from the owner's manual, I've just noticed. Thing is, my system activates as soon as I remove the key from the ignition (2006 EX 4 liter). Locking the doors, manually or with the remote, makes no difference. Reinserting the key in the ignition deactivates the system (or, at least, the dash light stops blinking).
I've only just noticed this now because I've wondered whether leaving the car unlocked (in a locked garage) might help to avoid a battery drain problem I've been having. Twice now, late in winter, after leaving the car in the garage for a day or two, the battery's lost enough cranking power that I can't start up (headlamps are still bright, oddly enough.)
I'm not sure it's worth the bother, but I can't even begin to experiment with it with the system as it now functions. Leaving the driver's side door unlocked should keep the system from activating, as I understand it. I guess I'll have to have the dealer take a look (still under warranty.)
#22 of 69 Re: 2005 Honda Accord Security [robgrave]
Feb 27, 2009 (1:12 pm)
As an edit to the above post, I should mention that the light for my system is not located in the instrument panel. It is on the dash, just above the "eject" button for my CD changer (I don't have a navigation system, where the configuration may be different.) The light is labeled "anti-theft device." But the light in the instrument panel, as illustrated in the manual, is not present.
It may be that my system is a different one that is discussed in the manual (?). And if so, perhaps its operational characteristics are not quite the same.
Funny that I should have the car for over 2 1/2 years without noticing this, but then, there it is: it never mattered until now.
#23 of 69 Re: 2005 Honda Accord Security [robgrave]
Feb 27, 2009 (8:39 pm)
That light on the stereo is not an alarm, but simply a theft-deterrent. Honda has used these since the early 90s.
The alarm system in EX Hondas is the light in the instrument cluster.
#24 of 69 Re: 2005 Honda Accord Security [thegraduate]
Feb 27, 2009 (9:21 pm)
You know, standing directly behind the car, the steering wheel blocks out that light in the cluster. Never even noticed it before. I always assumed the anti-theft blinker was what mattered. (Manual says nothing about that one, BTW). Feel more than a little foolish about this, but anyway, thanks for straightening me out.
Yes, the alarm system light does work as advertised. It remains to be seen whether disabling the system is of any consequence as far as battery drain is concerned. Perhaps someday I'll have something positive to report about it.
#25 of 69 Re: 2005 Honda Accord Security [robgrave]
Feb 28, 2009 (2:08 pm)
No problem my friend!