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My car won't start because the immobilizer system is kicking

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Hello, my car won't start because the immobilizer system is kicking on, as if my key doesn't go to my car. I've been stuck in Walmart parking lot for about 30 minutes, and from what I was reading online there's a brake code to by-pass the system to start it.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

You might not have an immobilizer issue. When the key is in the ignition is there a green light that looks like a key flashing?

Does the car just start and die?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
a green light that looks like a key is flashing, but no the car will not start at all.
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

The battery may be very low. Even if the immobilizer was at fault the engine would still turn over. You might still have lights and a radio because they require much less power than the starter does.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
should I jump the battery?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
ive had the battery die before, but the green key symbol didn't pop up.
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

Yes I would try and get a jump start first to see it gets you going.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Alright I'll try that, and let you know.
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

ok. I will be checking for your reply.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It turned on, I feel like such an idiot. Thank you so much!
Expert:  Steve replied 1 year ago.

I am happy for you. The brake code is something they really don't want us giving out anyway. It is also hard to do it sometimes.