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Old 03-25-2017, 04:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just to pass on what happened in my 2010 Insight today. Sitting in the car waiting outside the supermarket while my wife was doing the shopping, suddenly the radio switched itself off. Wife came out a few seconds later, as I was switching the ignition on and off to see what was wrong, and she gets in the car. Car won't start. Not just that, doors are locked, windows are locked, we can't open them. Very strange. I try her key, no luck. We can't think what to do. Not that many people around either. A warmish afternoon, it began to get a bit warm in the car (luckily we are parked in the shade.) Windows steaming up, us feeling a bit short of breath. Phone son-in-law, who promises to come over, taking about 20 mins. Wife wants to shatter window using a jar of olives (she's Italian!), which I say emphatically is a bad idea. We can last 20 minutes, I say. I'd read on this forum that Insights have electrical problems when battery is on its way out. Son--in-law arrives, connects battery cables, car starts. All is well.
Wife's brother - ex Honda dealer - is puzzled, calls friend who is Honda dealer, who says he has never heard of this happening before.
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Wait, you were locked inside the car? Without enough power to run the radio?

I'm a little confused as to how that's possible. The lock levers all jammed?
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Exactly. Weird, isn't it? We tried pulling the door lock levers, pressing the electric window buttons. No response. I've had batteries die on me before, but never like this.
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Had the battery (the 12volt one under the hood) ever been replaced?
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Sounds really dangerous!

My guess is your 12V battery died.

I just checked, there is a small access panel right by the trunk lock. You pull that down with your thumb nail.
There is a small lever on the trunk lock to release the latch.
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I'm not a G2 guy. Is there no manual lock/unlock lever on the doors like there is on the G1?

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ummm.... can't just just push the unlock manual switch by the handle regardless of batter or not... that works on every car.... ever lol

something doesn't sound right about this story
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You should be able to push the lock forward.
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I've only had the car seven months, so I don't know about when the battery was last replaced, but it looks old and could be the original one.
There is manual release latch on the rear hatch, but the car was fully loaded and we couldn't reach it.
The lock/unlock button on the driver's door did not operate. Believe me, we tried everything.
The car seems back to normal today. I went out and started it this morning and all seemed well.
Has anyone known a battery fail so suddenly? I was sitting in the car listening to the radio and it switched itself off. The ventilator fan was also on.
Anyway, it's due a major service, so I'll get them to investigate.
And for those living in a hot climate, I recommend having something in the car to smash the window with. A guy died along with his dog in a Corvette because he locked himself in and did not know where the manual door release lever was.

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Can somebody take a picture of the manual door release on a G2? It sounds like he only tried the power button.

Yes, batteries fail suddenly. It was already very weak and you killed it by using the radio. Have it load tested immediately, or it's going to happen again.

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