2001 5S "Turbo"
Use the buy and sell section if possible. Please include your Location in your Profile, as ALL G1 Insighters have done.
I PM'd you. Will be easier to discuss there as I might have specific things and it's quicker 1 on 1.$500 is more than I'm currently being offered and certainly worth the gas. But let me take a bunch of pictures this afternoon when I get home. Should I post them here, or follow JIME's advice and post in the buy-sell section?
(Which I'll admit, I didn't even know there was one!)
Kate,Thank you so much!
Not only have I not been grid charging my battery, I don't even know what that means. There aren't a lot of mechanics around here who seem really "up" on all the hybrid things you can do. I will check out your website for the "gory" details. LOL! Thank you for putting it that way, as I am easily intimidated by mechanical things.
I never named my Insight. I only ever named the cars I had that I felt would die soon. (Coffeegrinder, Lemontwist, Rattletrap, Sputternut - a long line of Ford Grenadas from my father's office's fleet when I was in high school. I seriously went through 4 in a 2-year period. You knew they were gonna die when Dad gave them to me.) Because I loved my little Insight - which is as close to a name as I ever got, "My Lil' Insight" - I never named it.Kate,
First things first, now that you have a car you can use until you get (does your Insight have a name?) Insight where it will pass inspection again you can calm down. This is not a junk yard problem to worry about. It's the most common "problem" these cars have.
Don't be intimidated by our technical words. We use them to help people understand the correct terminology for what we are talking about. We all started out not even knowing what questions to ask.
For instance, a "Grid charger" is another name for what mechanics call a "trickle charger". That is a charger that plugs into a normal wall socket (the "grid") which outputs a low level charge current to various voltage batteries. If you go that route there will be a short 4 wire cable attached to the battery and cooling fan inside the rear battery box (IPU). You plug that cable into the charger and the charger is plugged into a normal extension cable from a wall socket.
Ask your mechanic if he read any error codes from the OBDII system. With luck he might be interested in reading my V2 article.
If not call around to some of the auto parts stores (AutoZone etc) to find one who will read the OBDII codes for FREE. Tell us what codes they read out so we have an idea what is going on with the battery.
I see jeffffe is PMing you so keep us posted.
It drives fine. I was told that the IMA light is what causes the "check engine" light to come on. No car with a "check engine" light on can pass inspection. Or at least that's what I was told.Has anyone mentioned doing some "forced charges" to rejuvenate that battery just enough to get it past emissions? They're drive fine with an ima light on for quite some time if money is tight.
Sadly, the culture has influenced you to hold this view. It doesn't have to be that way. I like to remind folks that these cars were designed and built by smart humans. Other smart humans can figure out how to fix them - particularly with a good forum like InsightCentral.People who have mechanical skills like you, don't realize how scary mechanical things can be for those of us who do not possess these skills. It's not so much the words - as the assumption of detailed action that needs to go with the words.
You are SO right. You are such a GREAT moderator and helpful human being! Just this evening, while texting with Jeff, I learned that the driver's seat (which I had thought was worn out) was actually a seat cover! What?! Underneath was a seat in great condition! Check it out! That was like finding treasure!Sadly, the culture has influenced you to hold this view. It doesn't have to be that way. I like to remind folks that these cars were designed and built by smart humans. Other smart humans can figure out how to fix them - particularly with a good forum like InsightCentral.
You speak of being poor. You can save tons of money by learning how to do some car things yourself, with the help of forums. Replacing the battery is easy, following the directions which come with it. You need a few simple tools - less than $50.
Here's something which is quite simple, and it will tell you the subcodes which have turned on your engine light:
The OBDII plug on your car is just under edge of dash next to center console - driver's side. You can use a bent paper clip to short the two pins indicated. Just follow the diagram and directions carefully. Write down the subcodes which flash on the IMA light, and the check engine light. Report the subcodes here and we can tell you what they mean. Then, there will be no great mystery about what is wrong. It will take about 10 minutes
Regarding Insurance, make sure you aren't paying for useless coverage like comprehensive and collision on the Insight. The insurance company is just going to total the car for a small amount of money if it gets damaged. The liability part is probably required by NC and is wise anyway.
Thanks. I didn't know. I trusted the mechanics.You can easily reset the codes, and hopefully the CEL will stay off long enough to pass emissions. I'll be happy to walk you through this and will only take a few minutes. Send me a conversation if you'd like to try this. This should have been the first step instead of all the gloom and doom.