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  1. Problems and Troubleshooting
    I purchased this car about 8 months ago (2000 model) with a non working IMA. Previous owner already bypassed it to run on gas only. I’ve been trying to get the IMA operable again. Bought a grid charger and done all that stuff and it seemed to bring the batteries back to life. However the IMA...
  2. Buy/Sell Insight-Related Items
    Just looking to regain the ability to further diagnose my Insight before I decide whether or not it stays with me. It has been acting up since approx 300 miles after discharge cycling. Not even half a tank of fuel was used before it decided to randomly trip IMA codes, and some days, acts...
  3. Other Honda Hybrids Discussion
    The dashboard of my Honda Civic Hybrid 2012 car began to mark the lights to check the brake system, IMA, the battery and check the engine out of nowhere I stopped charging the 12v battery, the hybrid battery was tested and is in good condition, when I start the car the 12v battery charges the...
  4. Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    Hello, I purchased my 2000 Insight nearly a year ago, and one of the previous owners replaced the original battery pack with one out of a salvage vehicle. The previous owner gave me the old pack with the car, and it has been sitting in my garage since I brought it home. Is there anyone that...
  5. Problems and Troubleshooting
    I have a 2001 cvt with 142,000. It sat for two days while a heavy storm rolled through, when i went to start it battery and brake stayed lit. I tried resetting the ima and it didn't make a difference. I havent had any IMA battery issues as ive balanced and grid charged it. I drove it with the...
  6. Modifications and Technical Issues
    I was looking around the forum and figured out that since my IMA is toast and my 12v keeps draining, that I am supposed to cut the "green and black" wire to get DC-DC working or something. I also saw cofusing stuff about installing a switch. Please link me to this switch and decribe how to...
  7. Other Honda Hybrids Discussion
    So my hybrid battery died a few months ago but the car kept running, I did some researched and even asked on here and came to the conclusion that the alternator would still function even with the dead battery so I kept driving for a few months and 8000 or so miles. Now all of a sudden the...
  8. Problems and Troubleshooting
    (Car particulars & history posted at end for reference) So after about a year in storage, and a fresh new 12V battery, started up fine (on IMA) with clean (no) DTCs or any other issues, IMA level was down, but recharged nicely. After several days of use & a few dozen miles, persistent MIL &...
  9. Problems and Troubleshooting
    So, every now and again my IMA light comes on (usually after I'm on the highway and using the assist for extended periods of time) and I know I have to get the codes for you guys to be of more help BUT, I have realized I can make the light go away and everything function properly (albeit...
  10. Buy/Sell Insight-Related Items
    Hello - I sold my Insight a few months ago (and miss it) and found this in the basement. IMA / IPU / BCM / MCM Wire harness. I originally bought this to use it with an Arduino to bypass my battery, but never needed it. I believe it is from a 2004 or 2005 manual transmission car, not sure if...
  11. Honda Insight Forum 2nd-Gen Discussion
    Hello, I am new to hybrid vehicles that's why I am looking for your advice. I am seeing an option to buy 2010 Honda Insight Elegance Edition. It is only 56000 KM driven so I assume it is in very good condition. My question is about how can I check how much battery life of IMA is left? Like...
  12. Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I had posted late last fall in another thread I started about the issues I was having between the transmission synchro's and the battery pack. I had gotten the exhaust leak fixed and it has been fine. The car only has ~117,600 miles on it as I was mostly local driving and a telecommuter. I am...
  13. Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I had an appointment at the local Honda dealer to have my brakes replaced and tires rotated and by the way my IMA light just came on 2 days ago. AFTER doing the brakes and alignment, they told me that despite replacing the IMA battery 5 years ago, my Motor Control Module (MCM) is bad and...
  14. Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    I would like to tell this story in case it helps anybody else: The first time my IMA light, codes, etc. came on I replaced the battery for $2000. After three years the light started coming on again. Not wanting to spend another $2k, I just started disconnecting the 12v battery cable to reset...
  15. Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hello, 2000 Honda Insight here (MT/AC). Long story short charged the battery back up and it seems to be doing alright, even turns my car on. User before me cut two wires, and I’d like to return the car to stock config.Help identify please? In case I have to bypass again I’ll use switches. They...
  16. Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi, I have a 2000 Honda Insight (1st Gen) -- while driving, and my BATT gauge showed full, it suddenly plunged to 3 bars only, all within a 1/2 mile. Car kept running, CHRG gauge came on, ASSIST gauge working, and charging added ONE bar to 3 during next 1 mile. I made it home at 4 bars live on...
  17. Problems and Troubleshooting
    While installing a grid charger over the weekend, I found that some of the aluminum paneling around the back of the IMA (drivers side) was bent out of shape, thus preventing me from putting the cover back on properly. As of now the bolt holes aren’t lining up because of this bent aluminum...
  18. Honda Insight Forum 1st-Gen Discussion
    Greetings! I have not been active here in quite a while. My Y2K Insight #4581 turned 20 on August 28th based on its Certificate of Origin dated August 28, 2000. I am still driving it as my main vehicle but in the last year it has really started to show its age. I currently have three significant...
  19. Problems and Troubleshooting
    Hi folks. Two years ago (2018), I was so certain that a 100A fuse was the mysterious fix I'd been searching for since my first post about IMA issues in 2013. Within a week my IMA light was back on and 12V was draining again. I was too disheartened to post an update, and the car has since sat...
  20. Troubleshooting and Problems
    Hi guys, 2 year 2010 Insight owner here, driving with no major problems under Florida sun. I think I opened a post asking for tips when I bought it.. the car has been running like new since then, now it's around 112k miles. With the lock-down and staying at home orders in place, I've been...
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