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Old 10 Dec 2012, 07:56 am
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Default key fob battery

I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
radio shack do it for me?
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Old 10 Dec 2012, 08:13 am
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On 12/10/2012 7:56 AM, Observer wrote:
> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
> battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
> cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
> have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
> radio shack do it for me?
>


Don't have the fob for a 2003. But our 2005 and 2006 fobs have a small
(maybe >") indentation along the seam of the case.

With the 2005 it's along the top edge where the key ring is attached and
with the 2006, it's down towards the bottom close the the screw you
mention next to the key shank.

Take a dime or small flat bladed screw driver and pry it open by
twisting the blade (or dime) sideways.

You do NOT have to unscrew anything.

Inside you'll find a wafer type Li-Ion cell (maybe a CR 2032 - it's been
some time so I'm not sure of the size). This is definitely a
user-replaceable item.

Batteries are available just about anywhere.


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Old 10 Dec 2012, 10:24 am
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On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:13:55 -0600, Unquestionably Confused
<puzzled2@ameritech.net> wrote:

>On 12/10/2012 7:56 AM, Observer wrote:
>> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
>> battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
>> cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
>> have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
>> radio shack do it for me?
>>

>
>Don't have the fob for a 2003. But our 2005 and 2006 fobs have a small
>(maybe >") indentation along the seam of the case.
>
>With the 2005 it's along the top edge where the key ring is attached and
>with the 2006, it's down towards the bottom close the the screw you
>mention next to the key shank.
>
>Take a dime or small flat bladed screw driver and pry it open by
>twisting the blade (or dime) sideways.
>
>You do NOT have to unscrew anything.
>
>Inside you'll find a wafer type Li-Ion cell (maybe a CR 2032 - it's been
>some time so I'm not sure of the size). This is definitely a
>user-replaceable item.
>
>Batteries are available just about anywhere.



That easy? I thought there was some dealer-only voodoo involved, at
some point I thought there was about a $65 charge for doing it.


J.


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Old 10 Dec 2012, 12:57 pm
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Default Re: key fob battery

"JRStern" wrote

> That easy? I thought there was some dealer-only voodoo involved, at
> some point I thought there was about a $65 charge for doing it.


My dealer (in AZ) replaced one in mine (2004 EX) for something like $10.
Fair enough.

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Old 10 Dec 2012, 01:13 pm
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On 12/10/2012 7:56 AM, Observer wrote:
> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
> battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
> cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
> have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
> radio shack do it for me?
>

My 2012 Honda uses a CR1616 battery so I would suggest checking the
battery that is in the key fob before buying a battery

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Old 10 Dec 2012, 01:32 pm
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On 12/10/12 2:13 PM, Rick wrote:
> On 12/10/2012 7:56 AM, Observer wrote:
>> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
>> battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
>> cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
>> have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
>> radio shack do it for me?
>>

> My 2012 Honda uses a CR1616 battery so I would suggest checking the
> battery that is in the key fob before buying a battery
>


Just curious-- how is it that you had to open the case on a near-new fob?

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Old 10 Dec 2012, 02:11 pm
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On 12/10/2012 1:32 PM, Douglas C. Neidermeyer wrote:
> On 12/10/12 2:13 PM, Rick wrote:
>> On 12/10/2012 7:56 AM, Observer wrote:
>>> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>>> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>>> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>>> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>>> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>>> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
>>> battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
>>> cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
>>> have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
>>> radio shack do it for me?
>>>

>> My 2012 Honda uses a CR1616 battery so I would suggest checking the
>> battery that is in the key fob before buying a battery
>>

>
> Just curious-- how is it that you had to open the case on a near-new fob?
>

No need to open the key fob--I read the manual and there it was. I only
posted the message because someone suggested a CR2032 I that was not
correct. 2003's use the same battery as the 2012.

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Old 10 Dec 2012, 02:55 pm
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On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:56:58 -0600, Observer <observer@void.com>
wrote:

>I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
>battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
>cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
>have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
>radio shack do it for me?



Just as a followup, I decided to see my mechanic instead of the dealer
and he charged me $10 to replace it. My 2003 Accord had a wafer
thick, dime size battery = "Panasonic CR1818 3v". There was no
programming involved, just swap out batteries. Next time I'll do it
myself.

I asked one of the counter people there how long these batteries
typically last and he told me that Honda batteries last a long time
and that the average time was like 7 to 8 years but of course that
depends on how much you use it.

Thanks to all who replied here !
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Old 10 Dec 2012, 03:03 pm
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On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:55:45 -0600, Observer <observer@void.com>
wrote:

>On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:56:58 -0600, Observer <observer@void.com>
>wrote:
>
>>I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>>it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>>lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>>dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>>getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>>screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace the
>>battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the battery
>>cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda dealer and
>>have their service dept just do it for me while I wait? Or go to a
>>radio shack do it for me?

>
>
>Just as a followup, I decided to see my mechanic instead of the dealer
>and he charged me $10 to replace it. My 2003 Accord had a wafer
>thick, dime size battery = "Panasonic CR1818 3v". There was no
>programming involved, just swap out batteries. Next time I'll do it
>myself.
>
>I asked one of the counter people there how long these batteries
>typically last and he told me that Honda batteries last a long time
>and that the average time was like 7 to 8 years but of course that
>depends on how much you use it.
>
>Thanks to all who replied here !



CORRECTION: battery was a " Panasonic CR 1616 3v" not CR 1818.
You have to look real careful to see the difference.
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Old 14 Jul 2013, 07:47 pm
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Somewhere on teh intarwebs Observer wrote:
> On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:55:45 -0600, Observer <observer@void.com>
> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, 10 Dec 2012 07:56:58 -0600, Observer <observer@void.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I noticed this cold morning, my key fob wasn't working at first then
>>> it worked but seemed to take 2 tries instead of the usual 1 try to
>>> lock my 2003 Accord. Since it seems to work okay and was never
>>> dropped or damaged. Therefore I'm thinking it's just a battery
>>> getting older. Before I google this stuff.... I noticed a small
>>> screw and a small notch in the seam of the key fob. Can I replace
>>> the battery myself and where can I get one? Any idea to the
>>> battery cost? Is this something I can just go to a local Honda
>>> dealer and have their service dept just do it for me while I wait?
>>> Or go to a radio shack do it for me?

>>
>>
>> Just as a followup, I decided to see my mechanic instead of the
>> dealer and he charged me $10 to replace it. My 2003 Accord had a
>> wafer thick, dime size battery = "Panasonic CR1818 3v". There
>> was no programming involved, just swap out batteries. Next time
>> I'll do it myself.
>>
>> I asked one of the counter people there how long these batteries
>> typically last and he told me that Honda batteries last a long time
>> and that the average time was like 7 to 8 years but of course that
>> depends on how much you use it.
>>
>> Thanks to all who replied here !

>
> CORRECTION: battery was a " Panasonic CR 1616 3v" not CR 1818.
> You have to look real careful to see the difference.


FYI the first two numbers are diameter in millimetres and the second two are
thickness in tenths of a millimetre.

In this case 18mm diameter and 1.8mm thick. A 2032 (about the most common
'coin-cell') is 20mm diameter and 3.2mm thick.

Most are Lithium and 3v.
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