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Old 05-19-2017, 12:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Battery Keeps Dying - Not Sure if IMA

I have a 2010 Honda Insight and about 2 weeks ago I got in my car and tried turning on the engine but it didn't crank over. A number of messages popped up saying check brakes, parking brakes, abs, etc. I'm guessing battery died.

I did not drive the car for about 5 days. I did not leave any lights on.

I was able to jump the car and run it, I took it to AutoZone where they checked the voltage and said it was fine.

But I've had to jump again at least 5 times since then. If I don't drive the car for a day (Example Drive Monday, Not Tuesday, Drive Wednesday) I will have to jump it again.

Do you guys think its the battery or the IMA? I can jump it with a portable charger.

Alos I don't have anything plugged into the Cigarette lighter receptacle.
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's NOT fine. Voltage doesn't mean anything. Have it LOAD TESTED. Or just replace it. 12V battery failure like you describe is very common on the G2 Insights.

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Old 05-19-2017, 01:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the Quick Response.

I'll probably end up getting a new battery instead, just to be safe.

Any Brand Recommendations?
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Dealers can be stupid. Mine did a battery test with the engine running...!
Then I showed them it dies in 2 minutes of light and radio if the engine is off and they could no longer maintain the battery was good. Tested it again, this time engine off, and hey... got me a new battery under warranty.

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Which turned out to be hardly any better.


Some batteries have one bad cell which never gets fully charged as the other cells are brimmed and prevent further charging. So the cell gets worse and worse until only the 5 other cells do anything. If you draw power the bad cell reverses and the voltage drops towards 8, and all the systems start producing error codes and fight for their turn to show it on the MID.
New 12 V battery, problem gone.
Your IMA battery is fine, don't ever worry about that. Gen2's IMA batteries are surprisingly resilient. It is the lead acid one that doesn't live up to scratch, but those are cheap.
I'd advise a non-Honda battery.
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Thanks for the Quick Response.

I'll probably end up getting a new battery instead, just to be safe.

Any Brand Recommendations?
If the battery keeps dying before replacement Id first get it load tested(if passed still go to next test) then before buying a new battery I'd do a parasitic load test...basically what that is to check if something is draining the battery while the car is off(ex. security system malfunctioning and using more than usual,dome light,radio,etc.)
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you could take the ground off the battery and hook an ammeter on when your car remains off&locked, then see if there's any current. (I would not recommend this method to anybody and am just joking. A professional test is way better)


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