Little label with an IMEI number - where does it belong?

Discussion in 'Clarity' started by Peter CC, Oct 25, 2020.

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  1. Peter CC

    Peter CC New Member

    I turned in my leased 2018 Clarity PHEV Base car to my local Honda dealer as a trade in for the 2020 Fuel Cell. Due to gross negligence on the part of the dealer disclosing who pays California sales tax on the trade in, they "reversed" the transaction and said they would return the car to me. The car got delivered with a little white sticker affixed to the windshield. The sticker is about 3/4" wide, 1/2" tall and has six lines of information.
    1. Serial number with bar code
    2. IMEI: xxxxxxxxxx number also with bar code
    3. M/N: AR-4MA 21V, FCC ID:
    4. FCC ID: xxxxxxxx
    5. IC 20080 - MMV01
    6. Designed in California | Assembled in China
    I assume this has something to do with the TCU. Does anyone know where it belongs so I can put it back?

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  3. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    That model number is a GPS tracker the dealer puts on their vehicles for anti-theft. If they returned the vehicle to you with the thing still installed, they screwed up more than once.
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  4. Danks

    Danks Active Member

    It may be that the IMEI number is the IMEI for the TCU (Telematics Control Unit) on the car.
  5. Danks

    Danks Active Member


    The serial number of the TCU (Telematics Control Unit) phone module, called the IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity), is needed to activate the TCU. The IMEI is found on the label of the TCU as shown in the example label below:
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  7. DrDeke

    DrDeke New Member

    Where does one find the TCU on a Clarity?
  8. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    This is not a BMW, and this is not a "TCU".
  9. Danks

    Danks Active Member

    Maybe I'm not calling it the right thing. The Clarity has some device that allows for mobile communication (HondaLink). That is how we can remote start and stop charge, turn climate on and off. It seems that device should have an IMEI. It is mobile communication equipment and a mobile equipment identification number would seem appropriate. Our phones are the same. They have an IMEI.

    Post #3 includes a clip from a page in a Clarity Manual that references a Telmatics Control Unit TCU) that the car uses to communicate with Honda Servers to allow for HondaLink communication with the car.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2020
  10. petteyg359

    petteyg359 Well-Known Member

    All irrelevant. Please see the very first comment. We already know what it is, and it is not the TCU.
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  12. Danks

    Danks Active Member

    I looked at the OP and your first comment. After looking more closely at them, it does appear that your original comment is correct. While the Clarity does have a TCU that would have an IMEI, the model number - as you pointed out - does match to a GPS tracker. I saw the TCU - IMEI connection, but missed that detail first time through.

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