Honda 2012 CR-Z, automatic shift.


Asked by Apr 06, 2016 at 04:53 PM about the 2012 Honda CR-Z Base Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I bought it used from the local dealer, and have  had it serviced by a local
garage which has been doing our cars for twelve years without incident. The
problem is the battery! The car is right now sitting in the garage, running,
after about the sixth re-charge by the local AAA folks; luckily we have upper-
level AAA so none of this has cost us. My question is WHY does this car
keep refusing to start? I just spoke to the Honda dealer and was told it's
because I drive SHORT distances around town so the computers in the car
can't recharge adequately to start the car up again the next day. Actually this
really IS how I drive it, though on three days of the week it gets more
mileage put on it. Has anyone else HEARD of this, let alone experienced it?

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if a battery is fully charged it should run for the reserve minutes marked on the battery without the aid of an alternator. As this is a 2013 you can't just yank out the battery and have it load tested without causing more problems. You need a preset saver tool. I suspect that you either have an alternator that has low output or there is a draw that is killing the battery when the engine is shut down. Do you know if your shop checked it for excessive battery draw?

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