I've had two customers lately who had dealerships install the batteries. It really depends on the dealership, and probably how you pose the question. "I bought a battery, how much for installation?" is how the conversation should go. Remember it looks the same to them from the outside.
They will probably be among the most expensive options, though.
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you need to find out its in-service date (i.e., when it was originally sold). If it's less than 10 years ago, Honda owes you a new battery pack.
Looks like its in-service date was 3/5/02. So, that said, I don't think Honda would give me a free replacement -- even though the free replacement they gave me three years ago died already. And the dealership doesn't think the replacement batteries have any kind of warranty on them. Waiting on their call after they "negotiate" with Honda.
An Insight takes longer (more bolts) but it isn't harder. More than 200 people have successfully used my instructions to remove and install batteries. You CAN do it. You may need a second person to help lift, but that is all.
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Insight battery harness install video shows the whole procedure for pulling and replacing the Insight pack, along with installing a charger harness if you want to try and salvage the pack you have.With a grid charger: http://99mpg.com/Projectcars/gridcharger/
Been hearing from a lot of people that have had Honda replacement packs installed in the last 2-3 years that did not hold up very well, and it opinion is that they are using old sticks from returned packs, rather than new sticks like Eli's MaxIMA batteries, which seem to be a good replacement.
You need to check if it is really a new pack. I didn't think Honda had any truly NEW packs left. I though they were all refurbished batteries. Which poses the question. Are they new sticks in the batteries or just replace the bad sticks.
I know referbished from the companies that do outside of honda use old sticks that are good and matched to each other by capacity.
I would really go with the new sticks from ELI. They are higher capacity. Pulling the battery is easy and really requires you only to be able to unscrew bolts and unplug plugs. There is nothing technical about it.
Pulling the battery is easy and really requires you only to be able to unscrew bolts and unplug plugs. There is nothing technical about it.
Having watched the videos provided here on how to remove and install the new battery, it may be that from the perspective of someone who's done this sort of work before that replacing a battery is quite simple, but to say that a project estimated to take about three hours that involves this level of careful detail has "nothing technical about it"...well, to a newbie like me, this is pretty involved, technical work, sorry.
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