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Honda Civic, Hybrid Cars, Coupe, Sedan
#286 of 1532 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid 2004 Car not starting [doctorjoleen]
Mar 01, 2010 (11:13 am)
> My IMA light still goes on and off and the car does not start from time to time. I
> jump start it and it goes.
Why don't you get your codes read and we'll try to help you with it. You can use the tester at Autozone for free.
> The system IMA is defective and it should be a recall.
Actually, it's probably just broken and should be fixed. If your IMA light is coming on, then something is wrong. That something is probably causing your dead batteries. The odds are very good that you will pull a P1449 with the scanner.
#287 of 1532 Re: 04 HCH with IMA issues [xiabelle]
Mar 03, 2010 (10:26 am)
I have a 2009 Civic Hybrid. I will have owned it one year in April. In November the IMA light went on and I took it to the dealer who said it needed a computer upgrade. It just went on again - after a month of cold and very snowy temperatures. Now I need a new battery. Not sure where the error code is seen - I didn't ask the dealer about that. Fortunately for me it is still covered by the warranty. If this car starts needing jumps to be started - it will be sold. Honda's have always been very dependable. I hope this doesn't change.
#288 of 1532 RE: 04 HCH with IMA issues (xiabelle) by sm4
Mar 03, 2010 (10:53 am)
Please keep the group posted on whether or not Honda will give you a new battery based on the fact that the IMA light went on twice. Is the car running?
#289 of 1532 RE: 04 HCH with IMA issues (xiabelle) by sm4 [dwa2]
Mar 03, 2010 (1:07 pm)
Same story over and over
I had the same problem with my 09 HCH. Battery has been replaced - under warranty. Have driven another 3000 with no probs so far except a loss of mpg of about 8mpg from when it was brand new.
#290 of 1532 Re: 04 HCH with IMA issues [sm4]
Mar 03, 2010 (4:36 pm)
Exactly same situation here. Like other Civic Hybrid owners we have been royally screwed by Honda.
To sum it up:
I think we all experience great gas mileage when the car was new. Then we all have IMA problems. Then Honda updates the software. Then IMA problems again which leads to new battery.
Problem is mileage has decreased and battery maintains less of a charge (6 bars). In my case, if I drive up any hill for a mile the battery will plummet and the gas engine takes over completely, then the engine screams and begs to be shot. At least mine does.
Way to go Honda.
#291 of 1532 civic hybrid brake problem
by mary jo
Mar 05, 2010 (4:23 pm)
Sometimes (not always) when I stop and the car goes into auto stop, it starts again (while my foot is still on the brake). It seems to want to accelerate or move, while I'm braking. Sometimes, when I stop, the car never goes into auto stop, but stays at a 1000 RPM. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this a potential safety issue?
Mar 06, 2010 (8:24 am)
The IMA keep shutting down and the battery in front has no power.
All the lights are on IMA,, SRA, ABS, I get it jumped started and I hold my breath as the battery continues to lose power down to two notches.
I took it on the expressway and it charges up. Thank God. There is no
rhyme or reason for this except a defunct IMA System that is all connected to battery, brakes, starter, etc. They rebuilt the starter previously and it was golden for a few months.
In Feb. and March 2010 my garaged car would not start three times and had no power. Jump starting will work and I just bought an automatic one that you do not need to plug in. It came from Sears. Recalls should have happened as Honda knows there is a big problem. Each time I make sure there is a record at the dealership. They know they cannot fix it. I have brought it in 25 times for this problem.
#293 of 1532 Re: Honda Civic Hybrid 2004 Car not starting [Ogre_GEV]
Mar 06, 2010 (8:40 am)
Thanks for the heads up on the codes. I am not sure they are putting them down on my paperwork and I will make that sure they do.
You are right. It has to be the wiring and I thought they fixed it several months ago. It is happening often now with the light coming on.
#294 of 1532 NHTSA, Are You There?
Mar 06, 2010 (10:01 am)
I have been posting on this site for months now. It seems that, with rare exception, people are furious with Honda's lack of concern for their miserable product. It is also apparent that they are following Toyota's stonewalling ways. Where the hell is NHTSA? Did Honda lobby them the way Toyota did? Jus' wonderin'.
#295 of 1532 Re: 04 HCH with IMA issues [sm4]
Mar 08, 2010 (10:10 am)
> If this car starts needing jumps to be started - it will be sold.
You obviously have a bad battery. In most cases, replacing the battery solves the problem, so just as if you had started having transmission problems: give them a chance to fix it. It's under warranty and sometimes things break.
If it isn't fixed properly or it happens again, then let us know, but this problem with your brand-new car falls into the category of "sample defect" meaning that your specific car has a defect (as opposed to "model defect" where they all do).