Last post on Jun 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM
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Honda Insight, Electrical, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#117 of 125 Re: Battery warranty post-replacement [Ogre_GEV]
May 11, 2012 (10:29 am)
It's true! My 2004 Insight batteries just crapped out at 130k and the dealer told me the parts alone were over $4500. After reading your post I called them back and challenged the warranty and sure enough the repair is covered.
It also helped that even though this car was not purchased new it was originally sold by this dealer and I have had them do all the regular maintenance. I also reminded them that this is the 4th or 5th Honda I have purchased from them over the years and I don't deal with their competitor down the street because of service and warranty issues.
10 years 150,000 miles.
Now can someone tell me where to buy a thumb throttle kit so I can start hyper-miling.
#118 of 125 Charge control and battery balancing
May 11, 2012 (10:55 am)
Reading through a lot of the older posts I realize that my sequence of events and symptoms match that of an unbalanced battery pack. My dealer is going to replace my IMA batteries after 130k miles but now I wonder. Is there a way to maintenance the IMA battery pack? Wouldn't it make sense for Honda (and all the other hybrid manufactures) to have a routine battery balancing service every 10-15k Miles or so? Routine maintenance on a lead acid battery is to loosen the caps and overcharge the unit, replenish the electrolyte, and reconnect it to the system. Can the same be done with NiMH batteries without blowing them up or having them catch fire?
#121 of 125 Re: Does my IMA system really need replacement? [harrisonbusk]
Jul 03, 2012 (1:54 pm)
Any mechanic can test for the code that explains the need for the required maintenance. This is in te IMA. you didn't mention the mileage on your car, the magic number is 150,000 miles. You indicate the IMA had previously replaced. The last I heard the 150,000 begins at the time the IMA was replaced. If your dealer does not respond call Honda. I haven't looked into this recently so things may have changed.
#122 of 125 Re: Does my IMA system really need replacement? [ronwitman]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jul 12, 2012 (8:23 am)
That post was a bit of spammy-spam, disguised as a question. Sorry.
#123 of 125 Re: Charge control and battery balancing [geewizdaddy]
Jul 12, 2012 (8:40 am)
>Is there a way to maintenance the IMA battery pack?
Yes, but the jury is still out on whether it is a good thing to do or not. It wears out the cells, but the benefit of having them balanced may outweigh this.
Battery packs that are experiencing problems will definitely see an improvement, and for them, it is a no-brainer, but good batteries may be harmed by frequent charging.
>Routine maintenance on a lead acid battery is to loosen the caps and overcharge the unit, replenish the electrolyte, and reconnect it to the system. Can the same be done with NiMH batteries without blowing them up or having them catch fire?
No, these are sealed cells. The only maintenance that can be done is to charge them fully. You'll find plans to build your own trickle charger over on Insightcentral.net Search for "grid-charger". The parts will cost you about $100 and can be assembled in less than an hour.
#124 of 125 Re: my battery went up also? [Ogre_GEV]
Apr 22, 2013 (5:40 pm)
Looking for best quote on rebuilding 200 Insight battery
#125 of 125 Re: Warning! Honda Hybrid Battery warranty!! [edrotberg]
Jun 25, 2013 (1:54 am)
The battery can be recondition; see "99mpg.com". I had the same problem of short battery capacity for years. Presently my 2000 Insight with 200,000 miles is performing well. It took eight discharge-charge cycles of the battery to bring it back to life. If you were not so far away, I would be willing to lend you the charger.