Looks normal to me. If the bolt hole in the tab lines up, then the cover is in the correct position. You might need to push the rear of the cover down a bit to make the bolt holes in the rear of the cover line up correctly. It looks like in your second photo that the rear bolt hole on the left is almost lined up. The gap that you illustrated in the second photo won't disappear when the cover is correctly installed.
2000 Insight A/C #559
Genesis One MIMA+FAS and grid charger, OBDIIC&C, Rostra, Fumoto, DEFA engine block heater, Philips LED DRL's, Honda security system
The rear bolt hole is probably 1/2 to 3/4" from lining up. I can force the gap to disappear (closing the distance between the red lines) by forcing the lid down, but I have to put a LOT of force on that tab / against the switch area. It's clearly bending the hell out of that thing when I push it down that far.
I don't remember the lid springing up that far/hard when I first removed it, but maybe that's because it's been a few weeks. If I really have to smash it down that hard to bolt it shut, I can do that.
edit- Also, the switch is now off. Thanks for the safety reminder.
If I remember right, when you get the cover to the position shown, you may have to "wiggle" the cover to get it past the tab of the horizontal bolt, by the switch. (To the left) If it is on all the way, the IMA switch should be porotruding, not recessed.
And yes, the foam can keep the cover lifted.
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
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