Assist feeling weak, regen feel useless,battery level always low? Pump up your tires!
And now a puplic service anouncement for new Insight owners, Pump up your tires!
I have a slow leak in my left rear tire that i didn't know about when i first bought it. My assist going up the same hill would use 1/6 of the battery instead of 1/12. Hills were just so so painful is the only word. Force regen would not top up the battery on my 20 mile one way commute, Assist went through it like butter and force regen happened every 3-4 days cause it didn't go to full. The battery felt really weak and would lose capacity fast. My battery felt 15 years old.
So when i go to put air in my tires, and it reads:
24psi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It barely gave out pressure on the gauge. Though the car is light so it tolerated it well. Symptoms of this condition are swaying left and right in turns, and a magic carpet like suspension.
I pumped them to 40 all the way around and it felt like i was driving a "normal" car again. Even having them properly inflated helps, anything above that is icing to the cake.
Now i have them set to:
46,44 to accomodate the slow leak.
Some observations at new PSI setting:
Assist is more powerful and uses less battery. I can dial back assist when i want to because it comes on later instead of usually assisting to accelerate. Because i'm not wasting momentum on rolling resistance, regen adds bars to the battery alot quicker. If i wanted to i can leave work at 100% and come home at 100% regening any assist i may have used. MPG maintained at level roads is higher. Car is a pleasure to drive and it doesn't feel underpowered at all.
So if you know your battery is weak, or it feels weak all of a sudden and you think the high temps are deteriorating your battery. THEN PUMP UP YOUR TIRES TO THE MAX! And don't waste your assists in RR! Your car will thank you for it.
Last edited by Sheepdog 44; 07-09-2012 at 05:38 PM.