Honda Repair Questions? Ask a Mechanic for Answers ASAP
Here is a little info that I found that may help.
NOTE: This article applies to '94-03 Accords,
'96-03 Civics, '97-01 Preludes, '95-03 Odysseys,
and '97-03 CR-Vs.
If your customer complains that his or her keyless
remote transmitter doesn't work, check the ceiling
light switch or the ignition key beeper before you
go off troubleshooting the keyless entry system.
Ceiling light switch. If a door isn't adjusted right
or if a door switch is shorted, the ceiling light stays
on all the time. (On Accords and Odysseys, the
affected door light in the door and brake lamp
monitor also comes on and stays on.) The keyless
entry doesn't lock any of the doors because,
electrically, it thinks a door is still open. Your
customer turns off the ceiling light switch to get
rid of the annoyance, and brings in the vehicle for
repair thinking the keyless entry is on the fritz.
If it's a problem in the ceiling light switch circuit,
you'll notice that the hatch or trunk release and
the Panic feature on the remote transmitter both
Ignition key reminder beeper switch. If the
ignition key reminder beeper switch is stuck or
faulty, and the key reminder beeper sounds off
any time there's a door open, even without a key
in the ignition switch, the keyless entry doesn't
lock or unlock any of the doors. This is because,
electrically, it thinks there's still a key in the
If it's a problem in the beeper switch circuit, you'll
notice that the hatch or trunk release on the
remote transmitter doesn't work but the Panic
feature still does.
The next step will be to see if your remote will pop the trunk. Also do you hear the actuators trying to work at all when you press the remote button?