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#1521 of 1535 Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Performance ("Drain")
Sep 30, 2013 (10:13 am)
I've noticed a drop in performance in my Honda Civic Hybrid recently so I brought it into the Honda dealership to see if there is something wrong with the hybrid battery. I bought my 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid in October 2007. In September 2010 I got the software update. It currently has 41,000 miles. The Honda service folks said that even though I'm still under warranty, they would charge me $109 simply for doing the diagnostic. I don't want to spend that money unless they end up replacing the battery, so I'm hoping I can get some feedback from other HCH drivers (especially anyone who has had their hybrid battery replaced under warranty or tried getting the hybrid battery replaced but was rejected).
I've lived in Philadelphia since 2009. It's more or less averaged 41 mpg (based on actual measurement, not the indicator on the car). Since June this year it's averaged 35 mpg.
Every time I turn off the car, it appears that the hybrid battery drains. (I use "drain" liberally simply to refer to the indicator level - I don't know how much power is actually in the battery.) It does not have to be overnight. It can be brief, like me going into the supermarket to buy groceries. When I turn on my car again, the hybrid battery either: (1) starts at 2 bars on the indicator; or (2) starts at a higher bar but drains to 2 bars within a few minutes. (Two bars appears to be the minimum for my indicator - it almost never goes below 2 bars.)
So basically when I start my car after turning it off, it takes the hybrid battery some time to kick in. This can range, but usually it happens in the time span of 5 - 10 minutes. When the hybrid assist isn't working because the battery is at 2 bars, the indicator shows 2 - 3 green bars (indicating charging, like when you brake). Annoyingly, sometimes the hybrid battery doesn't kick in until I'm near my destination. Often times I don't have the assist when I'm trying to get on the freeway. And HCH drivers know that there's a big difference in performance when the car isn't using the hybrid battery. Occasionally, the battery service light comes on, but this only happens when I first start the car and the hybrid battery indicator is at 2 bars, and this indicator light always turns off within 2 minutes. This has happened a few times.
Aside from starting the car, often times when I'm just driving, and the hybrid battery indicator is at full or near-full bars, the hybrid battery indicator will suddenly drop to 2 bars and I will lose the hybrid battery assist. I can generally tell when this will happen because I will press on the gas pedal, and I will feel that there is no assist. Moments later, the indicator will drop suddenly. After 5 - 10 minutes, the indicator will go back up to full bars and I will have the battery assist again.
Tried to be as detailed as possible to see if I could get some thoughts from other HCH drivers! I would appreciate any feedback! I'm mostly wondering if this means my hybrid battery is dysfunctional to the point that Honda will actually replace it.
#1522 of 1535 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Performance ("Drain") [snoopy288]
Sep 30, 2013 (12:19 pm)
If the indicator light stays on, they would replace it without a fee. But even if it does not stay on, it should be recorded in the memory and thus warrant free replacement of the battery. It is up to the dealer as to whether they charge a diagnostic fee. A good dealer should waive the fee if the battery is faulty.
#1523 of 1535 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid Battery Performance ("Drain") [snoopy288]
Oct 02, 2013 (3:07 pm)
It's better to call Honda customer care and explain them the problem, they will most probably call the dealership to get your car checked free of cost. I had a similar experience where the dealership was asking for $$ to do the diagnosis, however after calling Honda customer care they did it for free of cost.
#1525 of 1535 Honda Civic Hybrid: brake and abs light
Sep 20, 2013 (11:00 pm)
I have a 2008 civic hybrid, and I basically went to change the springs on the car and while doing so the front left axle fell out of place. I was able to get it back in fine, but to do so I had to take the brake caliper off the rotor. After I put everything back together the abs and brake light were on, but the brakes and everything else mechanically is working perfectly fine. However, now when coming to a stop the IMA system doesn't turn the engine off anymore, and when stopping the battering won't charge. Although when I'm coasting the battery does still charge. So I wanted to know if anyone has dealt with this, and if it's simply a reprogramming complication or something more? Any information or help would be great
#1527 of 1535 HCH 2005-IMA and Extended Use of Hazard Lights
Jun 06, 2013 (7:09 am)
I went in to get a quick cup of coffee and left my hazard lights blinking so I wouldn't get a ticket. As luck would have it, I ran into a friend, forgot I left the hazard lights on and when I came out, 30 minutes later, I needed to get a jump to start the car.
1. Did the hazard lights deplete the IMA in 30 minutes or the 12v battery?
2. Is this reasonable? (BTW, I have not had any other problems with the IMA and have followed all recall instructions.)
3. How will I know when I need to replace the 12v battery?
Thank you so much for your help.
#1528 of 1535 Re: HCH 2003 IMA problem [xlntmpg]
Nov 21, 2013 (6:02 pm)
I would love it if you could help me with the hybrid batteries because mine is giving the same symptoms as subscribe above
My mask address is coldeb3yahoo.com for more discussion. Thank you.
#1529 of 1535 Honda civic Hybrid IMA battery
Nov 24, 2013 (9:23 am)
I have a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid and when it was at around 100+miles, the mechanics at Honda dealer in Sunnyvale, CA told me that I had to replace the IMA battery. That was in 2008 and the battery was going for $4000+. I didn't have the money to do it so I keep driving it... till now. My car is still running with the Engine light on, battery still charges when I go slow down or down hill, acceleration is not as it's used to be but my car has 318,560 miles on it now.
I think Honda makes damn good reliable car ! I love my Honda civic Hybrid. Best investment Ever ! I know I am on borrowing time but no worry.. I have also purchased a upgrade Honda... Acura TSX ready for the switch.. any day ! =)
#1530 of 1535 Re: HCH 2005-IMA and Extended Use of Hazard Lights [leslieaf]
Nov 24, 2013 (2:06 pm)
It depleted the 12v battery. Have the 12v battery tested at the dealer or an auto parts place that sells battery. There is usually no charge.