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I have been a Honda owner since 1974 and have nothing but praise for the make. I am somewhat puzzled over the issue my 2016 Touring is plaguing me with.

This problem can happen whether we been driving for hours or simply overnight, the vehicle won’t start and needs a jump. While we have a Halo pack which is a multi function unit which will jump the car it is driving us crazy.

The fob eats batteries as well and we had the car brought to Honda Service and the battery shows it’s fine and all we were told was we don’t drive it enough. I can’t accept this as an answer since checking out the problem shows it has been around since 2013 with the Accord when the keyless system was used.

Does anyone else have this issue and if so how was it resolved? Thank you very much in advance for any solution to this problem since I’m 100% disabled and my wife drives me to all my medical appointments and needs and she is afraid to drive the car without me there since she doesn’t really understand how to jump it if needed.
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I have been a Honda owner since 1974 and have nothing but praise for the make. I am somewhat puzzled over the issue my 2016 Touring is plaguing me with.

This problem can happen whether we been driving for hours or simply overnight, the vehicle won’t start and needs a jump. While we have a Halo pack which is a multi function unit which will jump the car it is driving us crazy.

The fob eats batteries as well and we had the car brought to Honda Service and the battery shows it’s fine and all we were told was we don’t drive it enough. I can’t accept this as an answer since checking out the problem shows it has been around since 2013 with the Accord when the keyless system was used.

Does anyone else have this issue and if so how was it resolved? Thank you very much in advance for any solution to this problem since I’m 100% disabled and my wife drives me to all my medical appointments and needs and she is afraid to drive the car without me there since she doesn’t really understand how to jump it if needed.
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I'd have it checked for a parasitic power drain. Do you have any aftermarket options on the vehicle.?
Somebody needs to check the battery voltage in the evening and then again in the morning. See if the battery's being drained.
 

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Wondering if there are two things going on here, or whether the cars battery has reached the end of its life. Three years is as much as you can expect from a factory car engine battery. I got two and a half from my fob.
 

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Thanks, yeah I know a battery could be reaching its EOL at 3 1/2 years but they did a stress test and said it was fine. My fobs battery was fine but my wife’s went through 3 batteries in 5 weeks, then I gave her mine and the battery in it dies in 3 weeks, that one I believe is the communication from the vehicle to the fob or vice versa.

I just can’t believe a keyless entry system should be this problematic in this day and age, regards.
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Thanks, yeah I know a battery could be reaching its EOL at 3 1/2 years but they did a stress test and said it was fine. My fobs battery was fine but my wife’s went through 3 batteries in 5 weeks, then I gave her mine and the battery in it dies in 3 weeks, that one I believe is the communication from the vehicle to the fob or vice versa. There are no aftermarket devices save the connector to charge our iPhones which are not charging unless we are actively driving somewhere.

I just can’t believe a keyless entry system should be this problematic in this day and age, regards.
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Electronics can have strange issues! Especially if voltage is dropping, which can 'corrupt' the controls (IE, one or more modules isn't 'going to sleep' properly)

Have you tried disconnection the car battery for 20 minutes? Before reconnecting, touch the two terminals to drain any residual voltage...


Post back with results.
 

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Three and a half years is plenty and it's already telling you it's time.
Just replace it.
 

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I, too, have a 2016 Touring. Although I haven't had Fob problems like you, I did experience battery problems. Ironically, I just had my car inspected and was told/shown that the CCAs on my battery were "marginal" but acceptable. The next week my battery died. Fortunately, I had been proactive and had gone to CostCo for a replacement battery which was still in the cargo area (it had been too cold to replace it). Needless to say, i "braved" the cold. Long story short, get a new battery. I don't know if it will affect your Fob problems or not, but it couldn't hurt.
 

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Car batteries can be a bit temperamental. I once experienced a battery go dead without any prior warning on a nice summer day. An internal plate can short out and take the rest of the battery with it.
Regarding the fob, does your wife keep the fob within say 20 feet of where the car is parked? I've heard if a fob is kept near the car when parked, it's continuously communicating to the vehicle. Another possibility is if any buttons might be sticking?
 

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I would just replace the battery with new AGM battery. If you really want to, you can even upsize to a bigger battery(group 24F), you can get one with 710cca. We never have issues with start up even in -40c.
 

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I've pretty much decided the agm route is the way to go.
 

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Thanks, yeah I know a battery could be reaching its EOL at 3 1/2 years but they did a stress test and said it was fine. My fobs battery was fine but my wife’s went through 3 batteries in 5 weeks, then I gave her mine and the battery in it dies in 3 weeks, that one I believe is the communication from the vehicle to the fob or vice versa.

I just can’t believe a keyless entry system should be this problematic in this day and age, regards.
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Hey Bud, I hope you've resolved your issues.
What's your location?
I currently live in a southern state and I just found out that the heat kills batteries faster than the cold winters from NY.
I would just replace the battery.

Regarding the fobs, maybe the batch of batteries is old, I'm just saying.
I replaced the batteries on my TV remote control three times in one week, at the end it was an old batch of batteries. The batteries were new but about three years old.

Good luck with your issues and let us know and you solve them.

Also, if you have a credit card like Capitol One, it comes with a road side assistance included.
 

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Now it’s really gotten stranger! If I use my fob to drive, a not very often occurrence, my wife cannot get into the car with her fob and when she finally does get in the brake is all the way to the floor and the car won’t start until you change the battery in her fob, this is crazy, we have under 8000 miles on it!
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Thanks, yeah I know a battery could be reaching its EOL at 3 1/2 years but they did a stress test and said it was fine. My fobs battery was fine but my wife’s went through 3 batteries in 5 weeks, then I gave her mine and the battery in it dies in 3 weeks, that one I believe is the communication from the vehicle to the fob or vice versa.

I just can’t believe a keyless entry system should be this problematic in this day and age, regards.
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It is entirely possible that your wife puts the fob in her purse and one of the buttons bumps up against something else in her purse and that will keep the fob active and most likely drain the battery. I suspect this given your fob worked fine until you let her have it. :)

True story... my wife went out to her car (a 2018 Accord) at the end of the day at work and found all the windows half down, and the moon roof half open and freaked out. I explained to here that holding down a button for more the 5 seconds on her fob while in range of the car would tell it to open the windows to cool down a hot interior before you enter. I told her that the fob must have been jammed on by something else in her purse. She now keeps her fob separate in a small pocket in her purse all by itself.. and has never had the issue again.
 

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My wife keeps her fob on a clamp that slides onto her purse so no chance of the buttons being activated since it is outside the purse and lives on a desk in the living room, mine lives in a basket in the living room, this is really driving us nuts.
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Well after the light show the dash assembly put on Thursday and the haunted hatch door dancing up and down with nothing whatsoever impeding it from closing my wife hit her last straw so we now own a 2019 Modern Metal HR-V Sport Edition that has a Key and less electronic fruit salad which I doubt we’ll miss, cheers.
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