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Old 24 Aug 2006, 12:30 pm
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Default 99 Civic: Key ingnition/door open alarm question

I have a 1999 Honda DX sedan with 73,000 miles. It's been a very
reliable car for me, however over the last few months I've encountered a
problem that is more of an annoyance than anything, but now the problem
is constant and extremely annoying.

Normally, when one leaves the key in the ignition and gets out of the
driver's seat and alarm will beep. I assume there's a sensor of some
kind under the seat that attempts to warn the driver of the possibility
of locking the keys in the car. I noticed the problem first when I took
the keys out of the ignition and exited the car, the alarm still beeped.
Close the door, alarms goes off, but the whole thing was random and
intermittent. Now, it beeps even when I open the car door before I get
in! I can't leave my driver side door open to clean the interior
without constant beeping even with the key safely out of the ignition.
Could this be a problem with the ignition keyhole or a sensor of some
kind or both? What might I be looking at in terms of repair? I looked
for a fuse to pull that might temporarily solve the problem, but wasn't
sure which one. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

mb
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Old 24 Aug 2006, 11:36 pm
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mb wrote:
>
> I have a 1999 Honda DX sedan with 73,000 miles. It's been a very
> reliable car for me, however over the last few months I've encountered a
> problem that is more of an annoyance than anything, but now the problem
> is constant and extremely annoying.
>
> Normally, when one leaves the key in the ignition and gets out of the
> driver's seat and alarm will beep. I assume there's a sensor of some
> kind under the seat that attempts to warn the driver of the possibility
> of locking the keys in the car. I noticed the problem first when I took
> the keys out of the ignition and exited the car, the alarm still beeped.
> Close the door, alarms goes off, but the whole thing was random and
> intermittent. Now, it beeps even when I open the car door before I get
> in! I can't leave my driver side door open to clean the interior
> without constant beeping even with the key safely out of the ignition.
> Could this be a problem with the ignition keyhole or a sensor of some
> kind or both? What might I be looking at in terms of repair? I looked
> for a fuse to pull that might temporarily solve the problem, but wasn't
> sure which one. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
>
> mb


------------------------------

It's time to lube your locks anyhow. :-)

Somebody may have used the wrong lube and gummed it all up.
Get a small blue aerosol can of LockEase and hose all five locks with
the special slim tube. Massage the key around, especially in the
ignition lock and see if it loosens up the problem. It's MESSY so wipe
the key with a tissue the first few times. Have you checked the function
of your door switch (and interior light) as well?

'Curly'
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Old 25 Aug 2006, 09:58 am
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Default Re: 99 Civic: Key ingnition/door open alarm question

"'Curly Q. Links'" <motsco__@interbaun.com> wrote in message
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> mb wrote:
>>
>> I have a 1999 Honda DX sedan with 73,000 miles. It's been a very
>> reliable car for me, however over the last few months I've encountered a
>> problem that is more of an annoyance than anything, but now the problem
>> is constant and extremely annoying.
>>
>> Normally, when one leaves the key in the ignition and gets out of the
>> driver's seat and alarm will beep. I assume there's a sensor of some
>> kind under the seat that attempts to warn the driver of the possibility
>> of locking the keys in the car. I noticed the problem first when I took
>> the keys out of the ignition and exited the car, the alarm still beeped.
>> Close the door, alarms goes off, but the whole thing was random and
>> intermittent. Now, it beeps even when I open the car door before I get
>> in! I can't leave my driver side door open to clean the interior
>> without constant beeping even with the key safely out of the ignition.
>> Could this be a problem with the ignition keyhole or a sensor of some
>> kind or both? What might I be looking at in terms of repair? I looked
>> for a fuse to pull that might temporarily solve the problem, but wasn't
>> sure which one. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
>>
>> mb

>
> ------------------------------
>
> It's time to lube your locks anyhow. :-)
>
> Somebody may have used the wrong lube and gummed it all up.
> Get a small blue aerosol can of LockEase and hose all five locks with
> the special slim tube. Massage the key around, especially in the
> ignition lock and see if it loosens up the problem. It's MESSY so wipe
> the key with a tissue the first few times. Have you checked the function
> of your door switch (and interior light) as well?
>
> 'Curly'


A warning - although I love Lock-ease it will make a lock that has been
WD-40'd worse, sometimes to the extent that the key will require a major
struggle to get it out. Apparently the kerosene (or whatever the carrier is)
reacts badly with the gum WD-40 leaves behind. If that happens, the only
solution I've found is to spray it with WD-40 again. Even soaking in parts
dip won't clean the residue out.

Mike


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Old 25 Aug 2006, 05:39 pm
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In article <44EE7E4F.790AAE7D@interbaun.com>, motsco__@interbaun.com
says...
> mb wrote:
> >
> > I have a 1999 Honda DX sedan with 73,000 miles. It's been a very
> > reliable car for me, however over the last few months I've encountered a
> > problem that is more of an annoyance than anything, but now the problem
> > is constant and extremely annoying.
> >
> > Normally, when one leaves the key in the ignition and gets out of the
> > driver's seat and alarm will beep. I assume there's a sensor of some
> > kind under the seat that attempts to warn the driver of the possibility
> > of locking the keys in the car. I noticed the problem first when I took
> > the keys out of the ignition and exited the car, the alarm still beeped.
> > Close the door, alarms goes off, but the whole thing was random and
> > intermittent. Now, it beeps even when I open the car door before I get
> > in! I can't leave my driver side door open to clean the interior
> > without constant beeping even with the key safely out of the ignition.
> > Could this be a problem with the ignition keyhole or a sensor of some
> > kind or both? What might I be looking at in terms of repair? I looked
> > for a fuse to pull that might temporarily solve the problem, but wasn't
> > sure which one. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
> >
> > mb

>
> ------------------------------
>
> It's time to lube your locks anyhow. :-)
>
> Somebody may have used the wrong lube and gummed it all up.
> Get a small blue aerosol can of LockEase and hose all five locks with
> the special slim tube. Massage the key around, especially in the
> ignition lock and see if it loosens up the problem. It's MESSY so wipe
> the key with a tissue the first few times. Have you checked the function
> of your door switch (and interior light) as well?
>
> 'Curly'
>


Thanks. I'll give Lock Ease a shot. As far as checking the door
switch, is it a simple matter of seeing whether or not the interior
light comes on when you open the door? If that test fails, is it
something a novice can easily repair?

mb
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