Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) is a feature found on many Honda vehicles that helps keep the vehicle in its lane by using a camera and sensors to detect lane markings.
If you are experiencing problems with your LKA system, such as it not turning on or not working correctly, it may be due to a variety of reasons.
This guide will provide an introduction to troubleshooting LKA problems on Honda vehicles, including common causes and potential solutions.
Why is My Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) Not Working?
With Honda Sensing, you’re alerted to things you might miss while driving with a comprehensive range of safety and driver assistance technologies. Occasionally, the system may not function properly for your safety and that of your passengers:
1. Honda Sensing Is Not Activated
If your Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) is part of the Honda Sensing suite of safety features, it may not be working because Honda Sensing is not activated. Honda Sensing is typically an optional package that needs to be selected when purchasing a new Honda vehicle or added as an aftermarket accessory.
If Honda Sensing is not activated, it can be done by visiting your nearest Honda dealership or by checking the settings on the vehicle’s infotainment system.
Also, make sure that the “Honda Sensing,” “Lane Keep Assist,” or “LKAS” is enabled in the settings. In some models of Honda, LKA is enabled by default, but it can be turned off by mistake or by a previous owner.
It’s also worth noting that LKA may not function in certain conditions, such as poor weather, low visibility, or on certain types of roads. In these cases, the LKA indicator on the dash will turn off.
2. Traveling Speed
Another reason your Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system may not be working is that the vehicle travels at a speed that is too low or too high for the system to function properly.
LKAS is designed to work at speeds above a certain threshold, usually around 45-90 mph. If your vehicle travels at a lower speed, the LKAS system may not be active.
Conversely, if your vehicle travels at a speed above a certain limit, such as above 90 mph, the LKAS system may also not be active for safety reasons.
3. Severe Weather And Road Conditions
Severe weather conditions and poor road conditions can also affect the performance of your Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system.
For example, heavy rain, snow, or fog can make it difficult for the camera and sensors to detect lane markings accurately. Similarly, if the road is covered in mud, dirt, or debris, the sensors may not accurately detect the vehicle’s position.
In such cases, the LKAS indicator on the dash will turn off, and the system will not function as a safety measure. It is important to note that LKAS is not a substitute for safe driving practices, and the driver should always be alert and aware of the road conditions and weather.
4. Radar Sensors Are Obstructed
Another reason why your Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system may not be working because the radar sensors are obstructed. The LKAS system uses radar sensors to detect the vehicle’s position on the road; if these sensors are obstructed, the system may not be able to function correctly.
Obstruction can be caused by things like dirt, ice, snow, or debris on the sensors and also by things like an accumulation of bugs or bird droppings. It’s important to check the sensors and clean them, if necessary, regularly.
Sometimes, you may need to remove the obstruction using a soft cloth or a specialized sensor cleaning solution. If the sensor is damaged or malfunctioning, it may need to be replaced.
It’s also recommended to check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for any specific guidelines or recommendations for cleaning or maintaining the sensors.
Honda Civic Owners Report Problems Related to Lane Departure Assist
It has been reported that the vehicle’s lane departure assist system has caused several problems for Honda Civic owners. A 2022 Honda Civic, for example, was reported to have just over 600 miles on the website Carproblemzoo.com.
The vehicle owner reported that the lane centering/keeping feature caused the steering wheel to shake when the car was being pulled sharply to the right.
Another driver complained that their 2022 Honda Civic pulled out of the lane instead of staying in the lane on March 16, 2022.
According to the driver, Honda could not resolve the issue despite video and picture evidence provided by the driver. He/she no longer feels safe driving while these assist features are engaged and no longer feels comfortable using them.
How The Assist Is Supposed To Work
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) on Honda vehicles is designed to alert the driver when it starts drifting from its lane. Located behind the rearview mirror is a camera that detects lane changes.
When the vehicle starts to drift from its lane without signaling, this camera scans road markings and relays visual and tactile alerts to the driver. The steering wheel vibrates immediately as soon as the vehicle starts drifting.
A warning display appears in the multi-information display. According to Honda’s website, the LKAS also provides corrective steering for lane stability.
The system can be deactivated at any time by the driver. Consumers may have to pay about $1,000 to add Honda Sensing, which includes this feature.
Potential Class Action
It may be possible for you to sue Honda for compensation if you are experiencing any of these problems with Honda Assist.
It is expected that when you purchase a vehicle or include a package of features designed to keep you safe, they will function as intended.
It can be frustrating and dangerous for consumers when such features do not function as intended. Owners of vehicles can pursue legal action with class action attorneys.
If you’ve tried troubleshooting the problem and are still experiencing issues with your Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system, it may be best to seek help from a Honda dealer. They will have the expertise and equipment to correctly diagnose and fix the problem.
The dealer can check for software updates, technical bulletins, or recalls related to your vehicle’s LKAS system and perform necessary repairs or replacements.
It’s also a good idea to bring your vehicle’s service records and any information about the problem you’ve been experiencing to the dealer, as it will help them diagnose the issue more quickly.
If you suspect that a malfunctioning part or sensor causes the problem, the dealer may need to perform a diagnostic test or scan to identify the problem and fix it accordingly.
Remember that LKAS is a safety feature, and it’s essential to have it working correctly, so if you’re experiencing issues, don’t hesitate to seek help from a professional.