As a Honda owner, you know the satisfaction of driving a reliable and efficient vehicle. However, even the most well-designed machines can encounter problems sometimes, which can be frustrating when these issues arise.
One issue that many Honda owners may face is being stuck in accessory mode, leaving them unable to start the car or turn it off. If you’re experiencing this problem, don’t panic!
In this article, we’ll dive into the possible causes of this issue and provide you with some easy-to-follow troubleshooting steps to get your Honda back up and running in no time. So, buckle up, and let’s get started!
What Happens When Your Car Gets Stuck In Accessory Mode?
Reports are coming in that some vehicles are stuck in ACCESSORY mode and are unable to shut down fully.
The audio unit stays on, the ENGINE START/STOP button blinks, the gear position indicator doesn’t show P, and the doors won’t lock. We have found that an incorrectly adjusted shift cable causes the problem.
This issue can be resolved by adjusting the cable per the service information. That should work. Continue troubleshooting your system as normal if it doesn’t.
Why Is My Honda Stuck In Accessory Mode?
If your Honda is stuck in accessory mode, it may be for a few different reasons. Here are a few things you can try to diagnose the problem:
1. Dead Battery
The most common cause of a stuck accessory mode is a dead battery. If the battery is not providing enough power to start the engine, the car may be stuck in accessory mode. Try jumpstarting the battery or replacing it if it is old or damaged.
2. Ignition Switch
The ignition switch sends power to the starter and the accessories. If the switch is faulty, it may be stuck in accessory mode. You may need to replace the ignition switch.
3. Key Cylinder
The key cylinder is the ignition switch part where you insert the key. If the cylinder is damaged or worn, it may not be able to turn to the “on” position, leaving the car stuck in accessory mode. You may need to replace the key cylinder.
4. Shift Interlock
Some Honda models have a shift interlock that prevents the car from being shifted out of the park if the key is not in the “on” position. If the shift interlock is faulty, it may prevent the car from leaving accessory mode. You may need to have the shift interlock repaired or replaced.
What To Do With The Key That Got Stuck In Accessory Position?
Once the key has been inserted into the ignition switch, it should not be able to come out after turning the key. The lock inside the tumbler has failed when the key can be removed from the ignition switch in either the On or Accessory position.
If you are experiencing issues with the steering wheel lock, try turning the steering wheel side to side. A new ignition switch tumbler and a new key will be needed if the steering wheel lock is not the problem.
The graphite in the tumbler can be put into the ignition switch if the key is stuck in the accessory position and will not shut off the engine; however, it will damage the tumbler, but you can shut off the engine.
To resolve your stuck-in-accessory position problem, I recommend replacing the ignition switch and key. You should contact a technician if you need assistance shutting off the ignition switch on your vehicle.
If you cannot diagnose and fix the problem yourself, it’s best to take your Honda to a certified mechanic or dealership for further diagnosis and repair.
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