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Honda Insight, Electrical, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#64 of 125 Re: Insight Battery Repair [mayornat]
May 28, 2009 (7:07 pm)
> Ron- spoke to you once and can't figure out how to get back to you. Replaced
> my Honda Hybrid Battery pack with one from a car that had been totalled. It was
> easy and I now have the old 2003 honda hybrid civic battery. What should I do
> with it? Do you want it to rebuild? Free to a good home.
Hurray! I got it working! Click on my ID to get my email address. Please contact me. I'd like the battery. I'll send you a shipping crate and pay the shipping charges.
#65 of 125 Re: Insight Battery Repair [Ogre_GEV]
May 28, 2009 (7:19 pm)
I tried that. No email when I Click on your ID. so how do we get in contact?
May 29, 2009 (3:00 am)
To see the email address you need to click on the user name to open the profile window. If you just mouseover the user name a balloon pops up with some info that does not include the email. But Ogre's email is set to public and will display for you as long as you're logged in when you try to view it.
Dec 30, 2009 (3:15 pm)
I have a 2000 Insight with 54,000 miles. Drove 2500 miles on a trip this month from South Carolina to Miami, Florida. 400 miles into the trip the battery and brake lights came on. Another 100 miles and the IMA and 'check engine' lights came on, and the 'Assist' & 'Charging' lights went black. My simple solution was to stop and buy another cranking battery. Once ALL the electricty was used up, the dash lights were fading in and out and the cranking battery would power the spark plugs to propel the engine no more than 40 mph, I replaced the cranking battery and everything functioned normally again with no trouble lights on. My solution is to keep a spare CHARGED cranking battery in the back and drive the fool out of the car. Love my Insight!
#68 of 125 Cranking battery essential for Insight op?
Dec 30, 2009 (5:03 pm)
So you're saying that when the cranking battery dies, even if you have a good IMA system, everything is going to go squirrelly?
#69 of 125 Re: Email [insightfuljim]
Dec 31, 2009 (9:16 am)
Let me explain what I think really happened. Your car threw a P1449 battery overheat error due to a bad cell that was stressed during your drive. The car shut down the IMA system to prevent a potential fire which also shut down the alternator-like charging of the front 12V battery. You continued to drive the next 100 miles on the 12V battery alone until it finally dropped below the minimum voltage to power the systems and the dashboard started to flake out. When you replaced the 12V battery, you removed power from the system which reset all stored codes. Your car hasn't had a repeat of the cell overheating, so the IMA has been charging the front battery properly.
If it happens again, you should unplug the front battery for a minute or so when the battery indicator first lights up (or pull the 4th fuse from the left on the bottom row of the fuseblock by your left shin). This will reset the system and allow you to proceed again. Then you should go about getting your battery repaired. Your warranty is just about up if it isn't already.
Contact me privately if you want more information.
#70 of 125 Re: Cranking battery essential for Insight op? [joacchim]
Dec 31, 2009 (9:23 am)
>So you're saying that when the cranking battery dies, even if you have a good IMA
>system, everything is going to go squirrelly?
No. The IMA system charges the front battery and if the 12V goes bad, it will run the car until you turn the car off. My Insight came to me with a pair of 6V motorcycle batteries that were being used to start it. The 12V battery really only has to turn on the HV relays and allow the hybrid battery to take over. That's why so many Insight owners have bad 12V batteries - they are 8 or even 10 years old. Since they don't get called upon to do much, you don't know they're shot until you suddenly need the starter (and lots of Insight and Civic owners have bad starters and don't know it because they've never used them).
#71 of 125 Does my IMA system really need replacement?
Feb 25, 2010 (6:04 pm)
IMA and engine light came on simultaneously. Display to the "charging/not charging" out. Dealer said I need to replace IMA and controllers--$6000.00 bill but they are going to "see what they can do" because I had IMA system and controller replaced 3 years ago and appx 9K miles ago while still under warranty. (I have 2000 Insight with 63K miles). I drove the car back from dealer while waiting for the followup call from them next week fully expecting horrible mileage but it is almost exactly same as lifetime avg mpg. This can't be IMA system out? What could be going on?
#72 of 125 Re: Does my IMA system really need replacement? [bmb97206]
Feb 25, 2010 (7:14 pm)
Where are you? I've only heard numbers like that from LA area dealers. The rest of the country gets $4700. Of course you can fix it instead...
#73 of 125 Re: Does my IMA system really need replacement? [Ogre_GEV]
Feb 26, 2010 (1:26 am)
I'm in Portland Oregon. The dealer had forgotten they already replaced it and is going to "see what they can do." I'm wondering why the car seems to drive normally and get good mileage. I didn't get a chance to talk to the tech yet so I'm trying to figure out what to ask.