O/T - Honda CRV Electrics Dead! Help Needed Please

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:11
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Hi Guys,
Was driving around today, no obvious symptoms or unusual behaviour. Parked the car outside in therain, When we went back to it the dash lights lit for a fraction of a second and everything went black. No power to dash, horn etc.

When Ignition is switched on only the seatbelt, handbrake and oil pressure lights illuminate (but dimly), but it takes about 5 seconds for them to come on. Nothing else lights up. No solenoids or relays make a sound. Power is getting to the central locking though as that works normally.

I checked the main fuse 100A but l'm clueless what it could be.
Any ideas??????

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Reply By: Max - Sydney - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:26

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:26

Look for the fusible links (if you are lucky the handbook will give you a clue, but normally not far from the battery) - they look like wires. In the rain if something got shorted and the fuses did not pop quickly enough one or more fusible links could go. Test them with a multimeter looking for a voltage drop across them or if no voltage there check for resistance - none if ok and infinity if they are blown.

You should be able to get them from a dealer and put them in but if the fault has not cleared they will blow again.

After that - call the Auto Assn if you are a member - their patrols normally know the weak spots and can go straight to them, or else tow you home or to a workshop of your choice.

Good luck

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Follow Up By: Beast of Bodmin - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:38

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:38
Cheers Max,
The battery feeds the 100A fuse first, before all the other sub systems. That's ok.
Luckily it happened in the yard, so just pushed it out of the way.

I'm not in the RACV etc, so may join just to get it diagnosed!

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Reply By: porl - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:39

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 21:39
A girl at work bought one. Her boyfriend replaced the battery. But unbeknowest to anyone, after a replacement of a CRV battery the "system" needs to be "reset" or it all dies. Apparently this is only one of two vehicles on the market that a replacement battery affects.

So just a stab in the dark but if you cut the power or replaced the battery, get it to a Honda dealer. But i spose that's the best advice anyhow.
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Reply By: nowimnumberone - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 22:19

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 22:19
its not the battery that just died is it?
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 22:52

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 22:52
You need to put a multimeter or test lamp DIRECTLY on the battery posts - NOT on the cable clamps, but the battery posts in the centre.

Then put the test leads on the clamps to see if the voltage is any lower there - you could have black corrosion on the battery posts that is almost invisible.
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Reply By: kiwicol - Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:39

Sunday, Jan 20, 2008 at 19:39
Same thing happened to a late model pathfinder, took all the relays out one by one replacing as i went and fixed the problem. Col
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