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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-05-2016, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Today was my first time out in snow with my new Civic, and while on the highway "brake system" icon lit up on the dash, as well as a little icon that looks like a car with front end damage. I pulled off so I could read the little i message and it was just letting me know the radar was blocked and some sensing features were now disabled. Posting this just in case people don't know about it.
I am happy to say she got me home safely in some very heavy snowfall.


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My new civic did the same thing today. If you look under vehicle messages in Hondalink it will show the warning messages. I'm not sure how to delete these, but the car warning went away when I cleaned the windshield.
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It is a somewhat common thing to have the sensors stop working if they are covered in dirt or snow. Just be careful that you aren't relying on the system or something in that case, not that you should be anyway.
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How did the Civic handle in the snow? Have not had too much of an opportunity to drive in the snow in Kansas City this year.
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How did the Civic handle in the snow? Have not had too much of an opportunity to drive in the snow in Kansas City this year.
Mine handled great, but I do not have the OEM tires anymore, they were junk in the snow.
Today the lens on the bumper was NOT covered with anything, and occasionally the orange "BRAKE" light warning came up and beeped. Not at all sure why. But glad it did not apply the brakes on me. Its a learning curve about the car and it's features I guess.


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Today the lens on the bumper was NOT covered with anything, and occasionally the orange "BRAKE" light warning came up and beeped. Not at all sure why.
It also needs the windshield in front of the monocular camera to be clean.
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Had about 2 inches of snow. The civic did just fine except for the blocked sensor.
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The issue of snow covering various sensors seems like something that manufacturers should try to remedy. It would suck to not have the technology work just when you need it most, in the snow. And it seems like it really should n't be that hard to fix. Just put defrost on the cameras or something like that.
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It would suck to not have the technology work just when you need it most, in the snow.
If they did that, they'd also have to build in detection of braking effectiveness and compensation for it. The normal CMBS reaction timings would probably be way too little, way too late, on a slippery surface.
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Mine handled great, but I do not have the OEM tires anymore, they were junk in the snow.
Today the lens on the bumper was NOT covered with anything, and occasionally the orange "BRAKE" light warning came up and beeped. Not at all sure why. But glad it did not apply the brakes on me. Its a learning curve about the car and it's features I guess.
Over time I became aware of a specific driving scenario that would always trigger a false positive to the Forward Collision Warning in my 2013 Accord.... anytime I was cresting a rise in the road (even very slight) and there was sunshine directly on the windshield.... it would trip the FCW.

I have had a couple of false positive to FCW in the Civic but haven't yet noticed if there is a pattern to it.
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