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Old 03-31-2014, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default After not driving the Insight 3 days...

Haven't driven the Insight in 3 days. We woke up to 3 inches of very wet snow this morning, so I decided to clean off the car and try it out on the snow in the driveway to see how the tires would do on the slick stuff.

After driving it a few minutes, I brought it back to where I parked it in front of the garage and let it idle a bit.

Then I got the bright (?) idea to bring the revs up a little in neutral to see if it would throw a charge to the battery. I slowly brought the revs up. At around 2,000 RPM the charge indicator started to indicate charging. I held it there for about 2-3 min and the charge indicator went back to the middle position between charge and assist.

Did I really charge up the battery?
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Beats me. Sounds like an algebra question to me. Did you switch to the battery screen and see the battery fill up?



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Old 03-31-2014, 11:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nope, I didn't. I should have. Didn't think of it.
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Yes, you really did charge up the IMA battery by doing that.

It's a documented procedure for forcing the battery to charge: in 'park', take the engine revs up to 2400rpm and hold them there. The charge meter will show the IMA pack is charging up and so will the MID screen, if you switch it to the display with "battery and petrol pump". You may also hear a whirring noise from the boot, which is the IMA battery cooling fans kicking in.

I use this technique to fully charge the IMA battery pack if I know my car is going to be left un-driven for more than 4 or 5 days, as a high state of charge is much better for an dormant battery than a low state is. It may take up to 3 or 4 minutes for the IMA battery to show a full charge (i.e. all seven bars on the MID battery display), depending on the state of charge when you started.
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This is definitely good to know. I'm in the process of sticking a little bit rust inhibiting coating on some of the exposed metal underparts of the car in hopes of delaying the salt assault that it will face during our Maine Winter season. Some leading edges will get a slightly thicker "Rhino" coating like material.

Got some mud flaps for it to keep small rock pitting down a tad, too. The Insight is in the garage on stands... so maybe I'll start it and do a short generation stint for the battery while this current process continues. Even cleaned off the rust that was already covering the rear wheel contact point with the hub and put a light coat of Rustoleum on them. Now have to wait about a week for the paint to cure.

Was surprised to see so much rust had already developed on the face of the drum brake covers for a new car. That stuff can get slung around when it's really wet and can eventually stain alloy wheels.
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The Insight is in the garage on stands... so maybe I'll start it and do a short generation stint for the battery ...
If it's indoors, take care not to gas yourself with carbon monoxide and other nasties! Plenty of ventilation needed, and come away from the garage as soon as you're finished.

I've been under my 2012 i2 recently too, and it all looks pretty clean and tidy. UK spec cars have disc brakes front and rear, so I don't have the "rusty drums" to contend with...
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Would never attempt to off myself in garage... would leave garage doors, man door and window open for max ventilation... plus have an industrial type floor fan that I would run to make sure there's a good draft of fresh air.

Don't understand why UK and Europe as a whole get superior tech in your cars. Frustrating... it's not just disc brakes. It's a whole slew of options, including those 16 inch alloy wheels and fog lights to just mention a couple. So many other car brands do this. We get the short end of the straw on this, it seems.

How do you guys rate over there?!
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I have a UK-spec 2012 EX, which was the top-or-the-range i2 here.

I'm not sure what you get on lower-spec versions, or indeed on US-market cars - but mine has vehicle stability assist, integrated radio/CD/Bluetooth/USB music input, Europe-wide sat-nav, cruise control, full leather interior, automatic climate control, seven speed ‘paddle’ gear change, dusk-sensing headlights, rain sensing wipers, heated electric-folding mirrors, heated seats, rear parking sensors, voice control for many features (audio, sat nav, rear defrost, climate control, etc), those nice 16" alloys (with slightly wider tyres than the lower-spec versions) and more besides.

I'd read that many manufacturers produce down-graded versions for the US market, but I've never really understood why. Still, I'm really glad to have been able to buy what is arguably the best-spec'd i2 that Honda produced!

I think I'll hang on to it, at least until Honda start making something that is clearly much better....
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I have a UK-spec 2012 EX, which was the top-or-the-range i2 here.

I'm not sure what you get on lower-spec versions, or indeed on US-market cars - but mine has vehicle stability assist, integrated radio/CD/Bluetooth/USB music input, Europe-wide sat-nav, cruise control, full leather interior, automatic climate control, seven speed ‘paddle’ gear change, dusk-sensing headlights, rain sensing wipers, heated electric-folding mirrors, heated seats, rear parking sensors, voice control for many features (audio, sat nav, rear defrost, climate control, etc), those nice 16" alloys (with slightly wider tyres than the lower-spec versions) and more besides.

I'd read that many manufacturers produce down-graded versions for the US market, but I've never really understood why. Still, I'm really glad to have been able to buy what is arguably the best-spec'd i2 that Honda produced!

I think I'll hang on to it, at least until Honda start making something that is clearly much better....
I think Honda will have something more efficient soon, or at least they better have. More electric plug ins are being developed while there are more efficient cars offered for sale from most manufacturers each year. Don't think Honda will continue to fall behind. The hybrid Accord seems to be a step forward, especially for a larger car.

We get 3 levels of Insight, Base, LX and EX. The best equipped EX with Navigation has almost everything you mentioned, except the 16 inch wheels, full leather, the electric folding part of the mirrors, rain sensing wipers, rear disc brakes and more, I'm sure.

Guys with Stateside Navigation EXs on this site could probably expand on that. Not sure what features are included with the Navi option.

I basically bought my Insight to use mostly for Winter commuting, since my old Winter (non hybrid wagon (estate)) car has worn out, so didn't need the Navigation option, although the rear camera would have been nice!

What size tires do you have on your Insight?
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I think Honda will have something more efficient soon...
Maybe, though it's hard to justify spending an extra load of money to get out of a 60+mpg Honda into (say) a 70+ mpg one - at least on purely financial grounds.

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What size tires do you have on your Insight?
185x55R16, on 6J rims for my EX model. UK base models had 175x65R15 on 5.5J rims.
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