I decided "no" to the disable/clutch switch. My battery drained empty & I experienced life without the assist. The car acted like it didn't want to climb up the shallow slope towards work. Better to have some assist than none.
"Trickle charge" is what someone recommended to revive my failing battery. Not sure how or why that would work.
OWN: 61mpg Insight (greenercars.org score: 57)
both blue and silver,
and a 45mpg BeetleTDI (score: 47).
You Grid charge the 144V at a trickle amperage.
Your battery has to have the right cord/lead connected for someone to assist. That's the hardest part for someone to assist you and it will take app. 12-19 hours to complete the charge. (Depending on the condition of your battery.)
Change your driving style a little and maybe you can get the battery back to a somewhat normal condition.
01 MT "Little Red Rocket"
The first "TURBOCHARGED" Hybrid, Insight G1- (01/2003)
MaxIMA Battery (Serial #2), on 8/25/12 @ 301,520 miles
Use: 320,000 mi. @ 57.8 LMPG
The CalPod switch is what you were wanting to have installed but it sounds like you've decided against it now. And yes this car is pretty gutless without assist, you gotta keep the RPM's pretty high to get any power out of it.
When i first drove the car after I'd killed the IMA leaving it in autostop parked a while [DRL up here in Canada] and then started out again, I first thought I'd the parking brake left on! Nice thing it charged up and held the charge after fairly well.
Agreed for sure with 'head-met' a very limber back and neck muscles are required for the position your body has to take to install the switch, it may be the limiting factor for some and a real pain; been there done similar with the rostra cruise control clutch switch wiring that goes in the same spot. Here's a linked POV pic of the perspective of the wiring seen straight up from where your head would be; and that's with a flash going off, a light was required. My back is 'done' from long back but the task was do-able with some oaths uttered in process.
You could do like Art did in the Rostra install and line up your wires and connections ahead of time to make the job easier, perhaps piggy backing some connections if possible to make it a plug in.
It's quite a transition moving from a very powerful car to the insight; half the economy or more is derived from the vehicles smooth operation not just the technology. ie. "Lift" wherever possible, and watch the FCD bar out of the corner of the eye. After a time you will just feel and hear the LB without having to check.
I just installed the CALPOD clutch switch mod. It turned out well but it was not he easiest thing to get my 56 year old body under that dash. Worst part was I could not get more than one hand at a time up there so holding the wire with one hand while twisting or soldering with the other was not an option. I think more the a few curse words were uttered that afternoon Working great now though!
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