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Hi everyone, I just thought I might post this in a more visable place. If you are having battery problems of any kind, more specifically recalibrations more and more often you will want to check out the recent posts on Yahoo group Honda-Hybrid.

http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/honda-hybrid

Check back a month or two, there has been some very serious discussion about mass contacting Honda with complaints of how dangerous a sudden loss of IMA is as well as contacting the NHTSA in the hopes of getting something done. There has even been talk about taking legal action if necessary.
 

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Been watching that forum with interest. I heard the CVT's are less prone to Recal's but I'm still quite interested in the resolution and if we all end up joining together to call Honda and/or NHTSA or whoever, count me in. I'm very disgusted at Honda's handling of this problem considering the safety risk.
 

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recal questions

Does recal mean that the battery indicator appears to discharge and then it charges up again. I have a 2000 Insight with 40k. The discharge of the battery occurs more frequently and the dealer says that they can not discover what the problem is.

Carter Sinclair
 

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Recals are more common in "stick shifts" because the CVT models are designed to normally stay in the 3000 rpm range. (Someone with a CVT correct me if I am wrong.) I can force a "recal" by using a lot of assist at low rpm for an extended time in my 5 speed Insight. 4th and 5th gear are designed as an overdrive. If I was going to redesign the transmisison in the Insight, I would make it a "close ratio" 4 speed with a 5th gear as an overdrive. Sacrifice a little mileage but keep the engine in the power band and the IMA battery charged up. (Just my opinion)...........Willie*
 

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Carter, yes thats exactly what a recalibration is. Please join the yahoo group. They are getting a decent force of people going there. I have a letter slated to be sent out tomorrow to Honda and I'm not even having problems.

Willie, I agree with you about the gear ratios.
 
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