Honda HR-V Owners & Service Manuals

Honda HR-V: Engine Does Not Start

Checking the Engine

If the engine does not start, check the starter.

If you must start the vehicle immediately, use an assisting vehicle to jump start it.

Engine Does Not Start

Models with smart entry system

If the Smart Entry Remote Battery is Weak

If the beeper sounds, the indicator on the ENGINE START/STOP button flashes, and the engine won't start.

Start the engine as follows.

1. Touch the center of the ENGINE START/ STOP button with the H logo on the smart entry remote while the indicator on the ENGINE START/STOP button is flashing.

The buttons on the smart entry remote should be facing you.

  • The indicator flashes for about 30 seconds.

Engine Does Not Start

2. Depress the brake pedal (continuously variable transmission) or clutch pedal (manual transmission) and press the ENGINE START/STOP button within 10 seconds after the beeper sounds and the indicator stays on.

  • If you don't depress the pedal, the mode will change to ACCESSORY.

Engine Does Not Start

Models with smart entry system

Emergency Engine Stop

The ENGINE START/STOP button may be used to stop the engine due to an emergency situation even while driving. If you must stop the engine, do either of the following operations:

  • Press and hold the ENGINE START/STOP button for about two seconds.
  • Firmly press the ENGINE START/STOP button twice.

The steering wheel will not lock. However, because turning off the engine disables the power assist the engine provides to the steering and braking systems, it will require significantly more physical effort and time to steer and slow the vehicle. Use both feet on the brake pedal to slow down the vehicle and stop immediately in a safe place. With manual transmission models you can also downshift the transmission to utilize engine braking.

Continuously variable transmission models

The power mode is in ACCESSORY when the engine is stopped.

To change the mode to VEHICLE OFF, move the shift lever to (P) after the vehicle comes to a complete stop.

Canadian continuously variable transmission models

Then press the ENGINE START/STOP button twice without depressing the brake pedal.

Manual transmission models

The power mode changes to VEHICLE OFF.

Do not press the button while driving unless it is absolutely necessary for the engine to be switched off.


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