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We left our Mexican 2013 with battery disconnected for a few months as we returned to Canada.

Before starting we ensured battery was charged and tried to start. It starts, then dies.

Left it in Start position for a few minutes, starts then dies.

Green immobilizer light goes on momentarily during starting so it appears it is not immobilizer.
Tank has 1/4 tank of gasoline.
Radio was not showing but I used the trick of holding the Radio ON switch for several seconds and it registered, if it had not I would think the cars programming might be lost.

I have tried manually locking and unlocking driver side door as well as using the key to open and shut the doors thinking it might be the alarm. Still no go. We have also left the key in start position for over 20 minutes but still no help.

Battery has been on a charger a couple times in all this to make sure is still charged, it is over a year old. I also tried with a 2nd battery and booster cables just because but still no go.

If I hold the gas down while starting and keep it around 3500 or more RPM it can run up to about 5 seconds but then still seems to cut out.

When inserting the key(s), have tried both, and turning to on,the background lights come on but sometimes the instrument lights showing oil and maintenance don't and it seems to take a few key turns, wiggles or what have you before those maintenance lights show.

Vehicle has a 102,000 kilometers or about 60,000 miles. A month before going to Canada we had it in to the Honda dealer for a new timing belt, water pump, and external belt as well as timing belt adjuster as it was going causing a sound when starting and running the 1st couple minutes. Also sparkplugs replaced. Vehicle was running good when parked. A month prior to that we had the front airbag replaced due to a recall I noticed on U.S. website but we had not been informed of, vehicle was sold by Mexico honda dealership. They did do the replacement at no charge.

I am regretting disconnecting the battery.

Suggestions?
 

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Might be the fuel pump, fuel filter or there may be a leak somewhere. I thought it was the imobilizer but articles I am reading online indicate it won't start at all if that is what it is.

Take a look at this article and see if it helps. I know it has only been a few months but try adding some fresh gas to it. Its possible cheap gas could be in the tank that may be causing the issue too.

 

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Good news - we had a specialist in electrical systems who was able to make a house call though we had to wait a day, and with the covers surrounding the ignition switch and steering column off he noticed 2 crimp on connectors and some black tape of a probable aftermarket device, it led to what we surmise to be an additional aftermarket alarm probably to disable vehicle if car is bumped as well as using horn. There is also a very inconspicuous small button type switch but it did not seem to disable that alarm, or maybe there is a special procedure needed with it?

Anyway by disconnecting accessory alarm wires, and reconnecting original wire together the car started and Key with built in controls still seem to function as original.

I don't recall the previous owner mentioning the device, maybe because under normal circumstances it just worked with the standard key. The specialist is not a specialist in Alarms so suggested if we want the additional protection we should see an Alarm specialist which at least now we can do by driving.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 
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