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Old 29th December 2009, 13:05   #1
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Hi all Civic owners, I am creating this thread especially to share any kind of technical tips, tricks and hacks that are possible to enhance or alter the stock settings/features of the car. To not waste time, I found these few tricks:

1) How to display the car's speed in the stock radio screen? (TRIED SUCCESSFULLY)




2) How to change the welcome screen on the stock screen? (COULD NOT GET IT TO WORK)




3) Test if the immobilizer (Honda's new wave key technology) works!




4) Unleash the BASS

i) Hold '4' & '6' buttons and press 'ON' and you will see DIAG on display
ii) Press '4' once and it would display DSP = FLAT
iii) Then now press '4' again for 5 seconds+ till you get DSP = OFF
iv) Turn off the player now and ON it !



If you have or know anything more, please do share here!
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Old 29th December 2009, 13:36   #2
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How to check if all the dash lights are working? (Instrumentation Diagnostics)

1) Push and hold the SEL/RESET switch button.
2) Turn the headlights ON.
3) Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
4) Within 5 sec., turn the headlights OFF, then ON and OFF again.
5) Within 5 sec., release the SEL/RESET switch button, and then push and release the button three times repeatedly.

While in the self-diagnostic mode, the dash lights brightness controller operates normally. While in the self-diagnostic mode, the SEL/RESET button is used to start the Beeper Drive Circuit Test and the Gauge Drive Circuit Check.

If the vehicle speed exceeds 2 km/h or the ignition switch is turned OFF, the self-diagnostic mode ends.

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Old 29th December 2009, 14:09   #3
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A lot more of these self diag stuff are available in the 8th gen Civic forum.
Thanks for sharing it here

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Old 29th December 2009, 14:27   #4
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Any such tricks for it's rival - Altis?
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Old 29th December 2009, 15:07   #5
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nice stuff. how many bars are there in the civic in the fuel gauge ? 15 or more ? every 100 kms i drive i think 5 or 6 drop down. i hope i get 300 0r 350 kms on one full tank i really do.
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Old 29th December 2009, 17:37   #6
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On expressways, I've hit 16KMPL, driving sensibly at around 120-130KM for 3 hours straight. I've hit 9KMPL on highways, ripping hard for 350KMs. So it is possible to get 500KM+ on a single tank. Or 350. It all depends on how you use your right foot.

A/T BTW.

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On expressways, I've hit 16KMPL, driving sensibly at around 120-130KM for 3 hours straight. I've hit 9KMPL on highways, ripping hard for 350KMs. So it is possible to get 500KM+ on a single tank. Or 350. It all depends on how you use your right foot.

A/T BTW.

got a AT too and purple one as well. half tank down and 150 kms driven do not think i am going above 300 kms this time. also how accurate is this thing. is it ok to drive 50 kms after the reserve lights come on ? i guess reserve is big more than 10 liters ? sorry for going off topic. immortalz pm me your gtalk or msn chat address.
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I refuel before the reserve comes on. Dirt accumulates at the bottom of the tank and when you run it on fumes, this gets into the fuel system and the injectors. Not good.

Reserve is around 10L, yes. When the meter shows completely empty, there will still be fuel inside. What I've observed is that a full tank from one dot on the gauge is around 42L, +/- 1L. This is petrol bunk wala full tank BTW (not stopping at the first click).

I get around 8.5KMPL in the city. Highway mileage varies as I posted before.
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How to change the welcome screen on the stock screen? (COULD NOT GET IT TO WORK)
Thanks for tricks, mate.
Knew a some of them. The welcome screen text can only be changed in a premium audio system given in foreign civics. Ours dont get that premium head unit.
And, Please let me know how to cancel the Unleash the Bass hack.....
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Great stuff ITNerd. I believe some of these tricks depend on the HU model. The "welcome message" trick seems to work on Premium Audio System.

Diag/self-test may be safer to try, but other tricks may leave the system in inconsistent state. Typically the same software runs on different models of HU and some may be using different/additional hardware (mostly DSP related). Such hidden features are generally untested and can brick the system, unless you know the trick to undo it.

Here are some mileage stats with my ~3K old Civic A/T.
City: Worst - 7.6, Avg - ~9
Highway: 15.5 (during run-in) and 13.5 during my weekend drive to Kanyakumari (mostly in S-mode and some distance in D with Cruise-Control).
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any body know how to get the doors to auto lock in a 2008 Civic V MT, any tricks for this and also will the bass stuff work in my car
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Was going through google and landed upon a feature called "Maintenance Minder" through which you can know the remaining Engine Life in %. Is the feature available in Indian Civic ??
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any body know how to get the doors to auto lock in a 2008 Civic V MT, any tricks for this and also will the bass stuff work in my car
Hi prashanth, could you get the auto locking/unlocking enabled in your 2008 civic? I am also looking for the same. Have tried some ways that are mentioned in 8th Civic, but could not get it to work.
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no harsh, no idea what did you try can you please tell me
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Hi prashanth, could you get the auto locking/unlocking enabled in your 2008 civic? I am also looking for the same. Have tried some ways that are mentioned in 8th Civic, but could not get it to work.
In my 2009 Civic, the door locks automatically when the speed is more than 30 kmph.. I also noticed that if I don't lock the doors (from the key), after 5-6 mins, it automatically locks it (think it works only when the gear is in neutral)

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