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#88 of 109 Honda Civic Battery HELP
Dec 18, 2010 (1:18 pm)
OK, I am New and been freaking out over this. Please give me some advice. We bought a 2004 Honday civic hybrid. We have owned it for about two years. We have 65,000 miles on it. We ALSO bought it from a ford dealer and purchased an extended fixer plus warrenty.
We just replaced lat year the small normal battery pack, WE NOW have this hybrid light on, according to google and my husband it means we will have to replace the 3,000 some battery. One we just had our second child, I am a stay at home mom, reason why we bought an extended warrenty.
Well, They called it wear and tear problem and isn;t covered. It's a expensive battery. We can not afford it, It is our only car. What are we to do?
Any suggestions, We called a honda place and they want us to bring it in and they will look at it, might be covered by the original honda thing, IF it is covered no cost to us. If it isn't we will have to pay a small fee. We can not afford for either because of this time of year.
We get the car service regualry, and everything. All these problems so fast with a new car.
We usually have some money saved but we bought our old house last year and all our money went into that and replairs.
Should this be somthing covered by the warrenty. We even bought an extended one. IT's bull crap, I knew we should of bought a new car.
Thanks for all the advice!
#90 of 109 Re: Hybrid-Battery-Repair in NY [breaking42]
Nov 19, 2011 (10:53 pm)
who did you call and who did you ask? I need a new battery too! thanks!
#91 of 109 IMA battery is managable but CVT is not!
Nov 20, 2011 (4:09 am)
Well, the CVT went out on my 03' Civic a couple of months ago, this has got to be the worst transmission Honda has ever made, although Honda has probably worked the bugs out on the newer ones. I think it was the startup clutches at about $1400; if thatís all that is wrong. Otherwise a rebuilt transmission from Honda is about $3500 plus labor. I am tired of sinking money into this car that I only had for about a year, so I traded it for a non-hybrid and took a big loss. The rebuilt battery I got from "Hybrid-Battery Repair" had to be sent back once and it was again giving error codes. I wonder if the transmission had anything to do with the battery not holding a charge. Just a thought; if you have to change the (expensive) oil in the CVT every 8 or 9 thousand miles what's the point of owning a hybrid. You pay a premium to start with and then you spend any savings in gas on changing transmission fluid - and it's still that way on the brand new Honda Hybrids. This was my one and only experiment with hybrids and I think I am cured.
Dec 06, 2011 (12:26 pm)
can someone one give me an idea who to call and what to ask, because i think i need a battery too.... get my hch on april 2008....it only give me 33 mpg now, use to be 40mpg on the first year i get it...
can we just sign up and sue the honda and let them replace or pay us back the money for those that repaired already?
#93 of 109 12 volt battery jumped off; now hybrid battery not working
Apr 15, 2012 (6:54 am)
12 volt battery dead; jumped it off; car started. hybrid baterry not working at all. Car seems to be struggling.
#94 of 109 Let your Honda Dealer deal with it!
May 01, 2012 (12:43 am)
YOU could end up paying for a replacement battery when the problem could actually be
something much less expensive to fix. When it comes to IMA battery problems, go
to a reputable, authorized Honda dealer and let them diagnose it.
If you go to Autozone or to an Independent Honda repair/service shop, they will NOT have the
latest technical info from Honda.
Disclaimer: Own 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid (gen1 HCH). Experienced 2 very recent 'IMA
battery problems'. Went to the Dealership both times. And thank my lucky stars that I did.
THANK YOU Pacific Honda (San Diego) and Honda America for doing everything you can to
resolve OUR technically difficult 'IMA Battery Problem '.
#95 of 109 Re: Let your Honda Dealer deal with it! [sandi878]
May 08, 2012 (3:15 pm)
I also own a 2003 Honda Civic hybrid and also experienced two recent IMA failures. Both cases with reports of DTC P0A80 -- IMA battery malfunction. In January 2012 my Honda dealer updated some software and the problem went away. That is, until May 5, 2012 (a not so nice birthday present) when it reoccurred. The dealer updated software and the problem is resolved (at least for now). What is most interesting is they also gave me a copy of Honda ServiceNews Article dated March 2012 which I will fully copy.
Got a Civic Hybrid with IMA DTC P0A80? Update the Battery Software
Currently applies to: '03-05 Civic Hybrid
Got IMA DTC P0A80 (replace hybrid battery pack)? Don't replace anything! The IMA battery software just needs to be updated to the latest version.
To remedy the situation, go back to S/B 10-083, IMA Battery Software and Hardware Updates, and update both the battery software and motor software using this version or later:
* HDS Software Version 3.002.034
* HDS Control Module (CM) update - Database Update 1 Mar 2012 [not quite clear as how to read this, either Update 1, March 2012 or Update, 1 Mar 2012. rsh33]
Once the software has been updated, DTC P0A80 will be gone, never to be seen again.
After updating the IMA motor and battery software, immediately check for DTCs.
* If you see DTC P1569 or P1637 right after the update, there's a mismatch between the battery software and the battery type. Go back to S/B 10-083, recheck the battery type and software, and repeat the update.
* If you see P1589 or P1637 any time other than right after the update, follow the normal troubleshooting in ISIS.
The End. I asked the dealer why Honda didn't notify me, the original owner with a previously reported P0A80 occurrence, of this fix. The answer was, "Honda doesn't". I asked if the dealer would have recommended this upgrade as part of a normal service? The answer was, "no".
#96 of 109 Re: Let your Honda Dealer deal with it! [sandi878]
Jun 04, 2012 (7:59 pm)
I agree with taking your Civic Hybrid to the dealership. I own an '03 Hybrid. At about 78K my IMA light came on but my car still operated fine, battery & electric motor still ran OK but I scheduled an appointment with Honda. They replaced the battery and module under warranty. They have also provided all software upgrades to improve performance and longevity. I have not had any issues. At 134K miles mine runs very smooth! Place some faith in your 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid, take it to Honda dealer...Do your scheduled maintenance, don't drive with a heavy foot. Watch the digital monitors below the speedometer and the charge and assist dials on the upper right to assist you in learning to get the best performance and mileage. I consistently get between 40 and 50 mpg. (47.3 mpg this week, more in town than on the freeway.) If properly cared for your battery will normally far outlive the battery on the Prius. See government study: http://avt.inl.gov/pdf/hev/end_of_life_test_1.pdf
#97 of 109 IMA,Check Engine lights on
Jul 09, 2012 (7:13 pm)
Today my wife bought 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid (automatic transmission, mileage=220k) and she found that:
1. The IMA light is on
2. The check engine light is on
3. The battery charger light is on
4. The AC in the car does not work. (I turned it on but no cool air comes out)
5. The Battery on the right side of IMA ( I think that it is the indicator of IMA battery capacity) is TOTALLY empty.
6. Maintenance due light is showing..
Are these problems results of weak battery?