Honda Civic Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide (2001 – 2020)

The Honda Civic has used 3 different key fob models over it’s 3-decade span. In this guide to replacing the battery in a Honda Civic, I will show you how to change the coin key battery in each of the 3 fobs the Civic has used. Let’s start with changing the battery in the most recent Honda Civic Smart Key that looks like this:

honda civic key battery

How to Replace a Honda Civic Key Battery (2014 – Present)

How to replace honda civic key battery smart key
How to replace the Honda Civic smart key battery

You can change this Civic key battery in, no joke, 15 seconds with the trick I will show you in the video below. This is for Civic model years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

Honda Civic Key Battery Replacement Guide 2014 - 2020

This is the battery you need for this Honda Civic Smart Key Fob:


AmazonBasics CR2032 3 Volt Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 4-Pack
  • 4-pack of lithium coin cell batteries; CR2032 cell size
  • 8-year leak-free shelf life, ideal for watches, calculators, key fobs, Apple TV remotes, and other small electronics
  • Replacement for BR2032, DL2032, and ECR2032

Replace a Honda Civic Key Battery (2014 – 2020) – Physical Key Rectangle Buttons

How to replace the Honda Civic key battery – physical key with rectangle buttons 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

This key can be tricky. You’ll need a precision set, or a jeweler’s set to remove the first screw. This set is $4 on Amazon

$4 precision screwdriver set on Amazon You’ll need this to change the Civic key battery.

The Honda Civic used the rectangle button physical key in the following model years:

  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2017
  • 2018
  • 2019
  • 2020

Here’s my video I made on how to change the Honda Civic key battery on the rectangle button key:

Honda Civic Key Battery Replacement Guide Physical Key

This is the battery you need for this Honda Civic physical key with rectangle buttons:


AmazonBasics CR1620 Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 2-Pack
  • 2-Pack of CR1620 lithium coin cell batteries for small electronic devices
  • Powers devices such as watches, calculators, sporting goods, games, medical devices, and more
  • Long-lasting, reliable battery life; performs in extreme temperatures

Replace a Honda Civic Key Battery (2006 – 2013) – Physical Key Rounded Buttons

Replace the key battery in the Civic years
2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

To change the battery in this key, you’ll want a precision screwdriver set ($4 on Amazon), since the screw is very small on the back of the key. Here’s my video showing exactly how to change this battery in the older Civics:

2006 - 2013 Honda Civic Key Battery Replacement Guide

This is the battery you need for this Honda Civic physical key with rounded buttons:


AmazonBasics CR1616 Lithium Coin Cell Battery - 2-Pack
  • 2-Pack of CR1616 lithium coin cell batteries for small electronic devices
  • Powers devices such as watches, calculators, sporting goods, games, medical devices, and more
  • Long-lasting, reliable battery life; performs in extreme temperatures

The Birth of the Honda Civic

The Japanese car maker, Honda, first introduced the Civic in 1972. Since that first generation, two-door Civic, there have been many different styles and a total of 10 different generations. From that first generation in 1972 to today, over 19 million Civics have been sold around the world. From the fuel efficient versions to the sporty and high performance Civics, the car has become one of the most popular compact cars ever.

10 Generations-From 1972 to Today

Since 1972, there have been 10 generations of the Civic:

1. First Generation, from 1972-1979

2. Second Generation, from 1979 to 1983

3. Third Generation, from 1983 to 1987

4. Fourth Generation, from 1987 to 1991

5. Fifth Generation, from 1991 to 1995

6. Sixth Generation, from 1995 to 2000

7. Seventh Generation, from 2000 to 2005

8. Eighth Generation, from 2005 to 2011

9. Ninth Generation, from 2011 to 2015

10. Tenth Generation, from 2016 to Present

There were a few major introductions over the years-the GX, the first Natural Gas Powered Civic (sixth generation), A MacPherson Strut instead of a double wishbone (seventh generation), and the first Civic hybrid (also seventh generation). Many of the generations were offered as a sedan, hatchback, wagon or some combination of all three. The tenth generation Civic is a sort of cross between both-a fastback design.

Civics around the World

Civics have been marketed and sold in many countries, although Japan, China, the US, Canada and parts of Europe have consistently recorded the most sales. From that first car in 1972 to today, there have been more than 19 million Civics sold around the world and more than 7 million in the US alone. Although the Civic doesn’t vary much from country to country, the name of the car is very often different.

A Community Built Around the Civic

Civics have found supporters in two unlikely places-among tuners and at touring car races. Although initially built as an economically and fuel efficient car, the car has been widely used as a “project platform” by tuners. Civics, especially the models from the late 1980s on, have been undergoing engine swaps, suspension modifications and the like for many years.

Touring car races have started featuring Civics pretty much as soon as the car was born. Both the World Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship have featured included Civics for several years. The Asian Touring Car Series, the Russian Touring Car Championship and the Japanese touring Car Championship have also featured Civics over the years.

The Civic-Still a Popular Choice

After all these years, Civics are still known for being affordable, fuel-efficient and stylish, and thousands of Americans still buy the car every year. If you are one of these buyers, rest assured you’ve made a good choice.