Last post on Jul 12, 2013 at 7:54 AM
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Honda Accord, Honda Civic, Sedan
#1 of 9 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain
Jan 22, 2013 (1:41 pm)
Could any 2013 Accord owner post how long your battery lasts without driving?
My brand new Accord lasts 5 days. I hope this is not "normal" as I would never have purchased such a vehicle.
#2 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [jjcone]
Feb 03, 2013 (1:08 pm)
Ahh.... You may need a new battery or your car may have short somewhere. My neighbor has a 2013 civic and was gone (military) for 2 weeks. He had no problems starting his vehicle when he returned. Hope this helps.
#3 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [jjcone]
Jun 08, 2013 (10:01 pm)
Today my Honda Accord 2013 did not start. I gave it a jump start and took it to the dealership. They replaced the battery and told me it had a dead cell and failed the battery test. I only bought my Honda 6 month ago!! and left it 2 days without driving!!...did not expect this from a Honda..!!
#4 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [from_mhana]
Jun 12, 2013 (12:54 pm)
I only bought my Honda 6 month ago!! and left it 2 days without driving!!...did not expect this from a Honda..!!
Um, I'm not sure it's a Honda problem inasmuch as it is a battery problem. Use a different manufacturer. Honda didn't make the battery. It is odd, though.
#5 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [thegraduate]
Jun 12, 2013 (1:32 pm)
Honda approved the battery to put in their car, so ultimately the blame is theirs.
#6 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [jipster]
Jun 13, 2013 (6:50 am)
Do we know for sure an interior light wasn't left on? (Sorry, I missed some earlier posts). I'm certainly no Honda apologist. I've owned two. One great, one decent. I currently drive a car from a different manufacturer and like it.
#7 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [thegraduate]
Jun 13, 2013 (9:39 am)
Not sure about interior lights.
I have a 2012 Honda Civic and went 4 days without driving it. It started with no problem.
#8 of 9 Re: 2013 Civic/Accord Battery Drain [jjcone]
Jul 12, 2013 (7:39 am)
I had a problem with something draining the battery on my car. A friend of mine did some research and found a service bulletin #12-041 that came out around Nov. 2012 pertaining to Civics. The fix is simple - the dealership has to upgrade the car's software with PGM-FI software.
The software helps the car determine your driving habits and makes adjustments so the alternator continues to charge the battery.
The dealership had my car almost four days and was about to give it back to me saying nothing was wrong. I told them about this bulletin and the software. They told me there was no such software for my car. A few minutes later it was being installed and took less than a half hour. It's odd they had it there and readily available but for almost four days did nothing.
Another employee told me this service bulletin will probably be a future recall. I lost confidence in Honda and the dealership. I drove out and traded the car for a Toyota. Now I don't have to say a prayer hoping every time I turn the key the car will start.
I also called Honda Corp. and I was told to call the dealership's service department and TELL them how to fix my car, what to check, etc. If I had that type of knowledge, I could fix it myself. What a joke they turned out to be - no help.
I hope this information helps a lot of people. Don't give up.
#9 of 9 Civic battery drain
Jul 12, 2013 (7:54 am)
I had the same problem with the battery dying. I had the car towed to the dealership. They kept it for four days. I went to pick it up because I got tired of waiting for someone to call me. They said after driving it, letting it stand without starting it, etc, they couldn't find anything wrong.
A friend of mine researched the problem and found a service bulletin #12-041 that said in order to fix the problem, the car software would have to be upgraded with software program PGM-FI. I gave this information to the service dept. and they told me there was no such software for my car. A few minutes later, I was told the software was being installed and it took less than a half hour. A half hour job turned into not having my car for four days.
I can't believe Honda had no knowledge of this service bulletin that came out around Nov. 2012 and how to fix the problem. Apparently, the upgraded software lets the alternator give juice to the battery regardless of your driving habits.
I lost faith and confidence in Honda. I left the lot and drove to a Toyota dealer. I now own a Toyota.
I called Honda Corp. and they told me because I was the owner that it was my responsibility to call the service dept. and tell them exactly what I wanted them to check, how to check it, etc. If I had that knowledge, I could have fixed the car myself. They did not help. They weren't surprised when they heard what my complaint was about.
While I was at the dealership, another employee said this service bulletin will probably be a future recall.
I hope this helps everyone out there who are being told it's their driving habit because it isn't. It's Honda's responsibility and they are not stepping up to the plate; instead, they are blaming the consumer.