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I have a 2013 Honda Pilot and was stranded when the car would start, but shut off 25 seconds later. The tow driver thought it was odd. I tried a spare set and the car worked fine. Could a bad key start the car and then shut it off.
 

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sell the Pilot Buy new .. problem solved in many ways :)
 

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I tried a spare set and the car worked fine.
Keep trying out that set under safe and convenient conditions. If after a few weeks you're sure it works reliably, get a new second set of keys if needed.

It may be a slight annoyance and expense, but to thank me you can PayPal me half of what you saved by not having to buy a new car. ?
 

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Is there some low quality after market anti theft system fitted?
 

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Is there some low quality after market anti theft system fitted?
Good question.

Next time you start the car, leave it in park and lightly jiggle the key around in the ignition. If the car stalls, you might have a bad ignition switch.

Also - How do the teeth look on the old key? How's the battery in it?
 

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We had a Chrysler van that would do that with the spare key that didn't have the transponder thingy. I don't know if the Honda is the same way, but maybe.
 
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