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Old 08-31-2008, 06:20 AM
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Dead battery or some other electrical problem?

I went to play some golf this morning. Had no trouble starting the car or driving it the 10 miles to play golf. When I went to leave it wouldn't start, wouldn't make any noise other than my Sirius turned on. Luckily I was with my friend who jumped me, we drove to Dunkin Donuts and because he was with me I figured he could jump me again if necessary. After 5 minutes in DD the car wouldn't make a noise and I couldn't get in using the unlock button on the key. He jumped me again and it started up but I had to stay on the gas to keep it going. The CEL and the ABS light would randomly come on then go off. When I got off the exit ramp the CEL came on and stayed on. When I went to pull into my driveway the car died and I was able to drop the clutch and keep it going to get into my driveway.
When I attempt to honk the horn all it does is sort of whine or groan.
When I put my headlights on they do not come on.

Is this a dead battery which I can easily replace or is it a more serious electrical issue.

I am borrowing my FIL's OBD reader today so I will try to get some code out of the car.
I have had the car for almost 3.5 years and it has 55,000 miles on it.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 08-31-2008, 06:33 AM
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I bet a dollar to a doughnut you need a new battery.
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If you want a quick way to reset it, pull the negative battery for 30 seconds and re-connect.
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If you want a quick way to reset it, pull the negative battery for 30 seconds and re-connect.
Reset what? The battery or the CEL?
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Reset what? The battery or the CEL?
Sorry something must have happened to the topic I was responding to. Please ignore it.
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Old 08-31-2008, 11:38 AM
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Dead battery. You could get it tested. I've had the same problem before. Car started and ran fine, out of the blue, not able to start, but able to be jumped and run. Mine was covered under warranty as the battery was only two years old.
Get this checked out before you toast the alternator.
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Or it could be the battery cable connection to the battery. A simple/cheap voltage meter will tell you.
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Get this checked out before you toast the alternator.
By continuing to jump the car it will kill the alternator?
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Old 09-01-2008, 11:07 AM
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I pulled the code it was P0685 ECM/PCM Power Relay Control Circuit Malfunction. Brought the battery down to Advanced Auto Parts and tested it and it needed to be replaced. So I replaced it was a 500 CCA version. I just put it in and the car started up fine. Thanks for everyones help.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:29 PM
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Continuing to run a car on a dead battery will stress your alternator. It is trying to keep a battery at full charge when it is unable to keep it.
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I had the same thing happened to my o3 accord, replaced battery and never had a problem since... knock on the wood.
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I had the same thing happen over the weekend. I just dropped it off at the dealership this morning. I was assuming that the alternator had gone bad. Now I am hopeful that it too is just the battery!
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If you got five years out of an OEM battery that is exceptional.....seems like three years is about it.
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UPDATE: This thread was absolutely right on! Turns out my problem, whose symptoms were identical to the OP, was exactly the same: bad battery. All is running great now with this simple fix!
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Hi I have a dead battery few days ago. now changed to a new one. But the multi display on my accord which shows how many KM left for the fuel in my tank is just showing 2 km but the fuel gauge is more than half ( car battery died at petrol staion after a refuel.) I just refuel about $10 more and now the display reads 22KM. WTF? please help. Cheers
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