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Honda Accord Security System Questions



  • You know, standing directly behind the car, the steering wheel blocks out that light in the cluster. Never even noticed it before. I always assumed the anti-theft blinker was what mattered. (Manual says nothing about that one, BTW). Feel more than a little foolish about this, but anyway, thanks for straightening me out.

    Yes, the alarm system light does work as advertised. It remains to be seen whether disabling the system is of any consequence as far as battery drain is concerned. Perhaps someday I'll have something positive to report about it.

    Thanks again.
  • thegraduatethegraduate Posts: 9,731
    No problem my friend!
  • robgraverobgrave Posts: 65
    Well, these mistakes do happen. The first time I drove my Honda in the rain, I had to pull over to the curb, take out the Manual, and find out how to operate the wipers! Fifteen years with an Olds Cutlass was a foundation for confusion, it seems.

    Re the alarm system: it was designed, I'm sure, to be activated over long periods of time without putting any significant load on the battery. I don't know specifically what the amperage requirements are, but I would suppose they are minimal. If the battery is fully charged, I would think there would be no problem.

    Trouble is, the battery will weaken over the winter, particularly when the car doesn't get driven much. By late February (twice this has happened to me now), there can be starting problems. Then -- maybe -- disabling the alarm for overnight garage storage might make a difference. And then again, maybe not. Won't hurt to try.
  • kbussellkbussell Posts: 1
    We just put in a new battery and now the navigation system is asking for a security code in order to activate .

    Is there an initial code that comes on the car , or how do I reset the code?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    You should have received a card with the radio and navi codes on it when you bought the car. Perhaps it is with your owner's manual?

    If you can't find it, I believe you have to get help from a Honda dealer.
  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    I just installed the Factory Honda Security System Hood Switch (part# 08E49-SDA-100) on my 2007 Accord SE, but it doesn't work. I ordered it from the dealer who said it would work with my car and installed it myself. I've made sure all the connections are good and all the parts were installed correctly (I've worked on many cars and know what I'm doing for the most part). I set the alarm with someone inside, have them release the hood and open it but the alarm does not go off. I've tried triggering it with a flat blade screwdriver, but that does not work either. Any ideas?
  • Keep in mind I haven't installed one of these. As you have experience installing these kind of items, you have probably done all this already, but:

    1) First, you did disconnect the battery right? Just on the off chance that the computer memory dump that comes with it causes the thing to learn the new sensor.

    I would guess it came with these directions:

    2) Make sure you have a good ground on the metal tab that is on the wiring pigtail - no ground, the alarm won't trigger.

    NOTE that they appear to have shipped a new bolt specifically for the ground spot on the latch. Make sure there is no paint keeping the bolt and washer from good chassis contact.

    You could check the ground with a meter, or just use a tempy jumper wire with the switch released (hood open) from the ground tab to the a good ground point on the engine and see if the alarm fires.

    Other things to check are if any of the little metal pins got bent over in the connectors.

    3) Note the last item about getting the power window auto to work again.

    To state the obvious, just in case - from what I see, if you have the four cylinder on which the honda security system was a dealer installed option, for the hood switch to interact with:

    4) You may have to check the alarm units installation (above) to make sure there is not a problem in one of the wiring harness connections made when it was installed. Especially the three pin wiring harness connector at the steering column.
  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    Yes I did disconnect the battery. Forgot to input my radio code before I went to the store so I had to drive in silence :(

    Those are the exact instructions I followed, and I even bought it from the people that provided them, and as far as I can tell, the ground is good. I'll double check this weekend when I have time to take it apart (took me 2hrs the first time).

    I thought it was weird though that I did not have the reprogram my drivers AUTO function. I've disconnected the battery a couple times before (Once with a USA Spec iPod connector) and have never had to do it. I don't know if this is normal or not.

    & Yes, I have the OEM security system installed. Bought the car new in 07 and it came with it. I don't know if it's the exact one like in the link you posted, because I don't see a microphone on my dash, but I know it's the factory security system

    I plan on taking all the wires apart and making sure they are snug again as well.
    Thanks for the response, I'll post back when I can.
  • I was re-editing the post while you were reading it, adding some items. Just wanted to make sure you had the optional dealer installed alarm, if so, maybe checking the three pin connector it hooks to will help, as it is probably the same harness that the switch is connecting to under the hood.

  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    I edited mine as well.

    As far as I know, my Accord came with the security system from the factory. But, I can't remember if it's ever gone off & I don't know of a good way to test it. (Other than arm it with a window down and open a door?)

    I also purchased the outside temp kit at the same time. I'm a little reluctant to install it because it connects into the same harness as the hood switch. I want to get the switch working first before I install the temp kit.

  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I don't know of a good way to test it.

    Just lock the doors with the window down and then reach in to unlock the door by pulling on the lock stem. Speaking from (ahem) experience.

    You can also press the panic button on the key fob.
  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    At the gas station this morning I rolled down the driver side window, set the alarm (clicking "lock" twice on the fob and the horn sounded) and then pulled up on the lock stem and opened the door, the alarm didn't sound.

    I pushed the panic button when I got to work and it does go off when I press that.I just didn't know if the panic button was tied into the security system, or if it was on it's own.
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Well, I guess that answers your question about the alarm working or not. Something must not be connecting correctly in the doors. Sounds like the panic button is separate.
  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    Well, now that I've read some articles on it... I'm not 100% sure my car has the security system. I would think if the panic button sounded the alarm it would, but I'm not sure.
    I'm going to take a look this weekend to see if it does. I assume I would be looking for these parts to verify that it indeed does have the security system?

    Thanks for all the responses!
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    I just went back and looked at your original post. You say that you have an SE but not the engine size. The 07 SE V6 has a security system but the 4 does not. Perhaps you have the I-4.
  • jamesongjamesong Posts: 6
    Yep. I have the 4cyl. Called the dealer to verify that today. Looks like I'll be purchasing the security kit as well (not from the dealer)

    Thanks for all the help!
  • carols2carols2 Posts: 1
    Just bought a 2006 Honda. Initially when I would use the key fob to lock and unlock the car there was no sound. The panic button did work. Recently I used the Home LInk to program my garage door opener. Now if I click the open button two times to open all the doors, the panic alarm goes off. I have to press the button once wait until it beeps and then press it again to open the other doors. I don't like the beeps and would like to turn them off. Today as I was driving the alarm system went off and I could only stop it by pressing a button on the fob. I tried turning the car off, but the alarm was still going. Really strange. Is there any link between the alarm system and the Home Link? What could I have done while training and programming the Home Link to have caused the alarm to become audible?
  • tallman1tallman1 Posts: 1,874
    Very odd. Not sure what you did but the car normally doesn't honk when unlocking. It will only honk when you lock it if you press the key fob lock button twice.
  • jandorjandor Posts: 1
    I am buying a new 2009 Honda Accord coupe EX-L. Correct me if I am wrong, but this comes standard with an immobilizer anti-theft key system. My dealer presented me with three further "improved" options to add to deter theft. The lowest price option was called "Secret". I did not understand all the details, but it is something that is attached directly to the car's computer, and disables the car from starting even more than the standard immobilizer. I believe they said it would immobilize even if a window were broken. It does not set off an audible alarm, and that is why it is called "Secret", I believe.

    Anyone know more about this? I cannot find anything on the web. Wondering if it is worth the extra cost ($421).

  • Not sure of the 'Secret', most likely the real secret is how much they make if you buy it.

    I am sure you have seen in this forum where some are having trouble with aftermarket security and remote start systems not integrating well with the factory system, so please choose wisely.

    Also, the factory anti-theft should qualify for the insurance discount (tiny). No alarm will get anyone to pay it much attention, or stop a determined thief who has a temporary ignition system or a tow truck / flatbed.
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