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I have a 2000 Honda Insight with 104,000 miles on it. The previous owner put in a new IMA battery at 99,000 last October 2005.

Since driving the car....for only about a week or two (its been in the shop also for a few minor repairs), I have noticed that I can NOT get the battery indicator to read to the top...or close to it!

I'm generally a slow driver anyway and have a 2001 automatic that reads close to the top. (thus I have 2 Insights.) I drive below the speed limit, pumped up the tires, slow gradually at stop signs and red lights, but the battery indicator STILL reads around 1/2 to the top. Not sure what to do next...Maybe I havn't driven it enough.

By the way, this is ALSO with the AC off!

ANy suggestions would be appreciated. The car drives great otherwise
 

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Try the "headlights on" trick. Drive with your headlights on during the day. Use the search option to find more info.

Or, go on a long highway trip.

Good luck.

Jim
 

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get the 12 volt battery fully charged off the car and get it load tested. if the 12 volter is getting hard to charge, the pack in the back has to work that much harder to keep it topped off.
 

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i just picked up a 2000 with 107,000 miles on it.
it was acting like that also.
i took it on a exspressway loop for about 20 minutes and it charged right up.
usually within 2 bars of the top.
mine reset 2 or 3 times the first week i had it.
most of my driving is short 10 miles or less of city driving 45mph or less.
since i put the stereo system in last week end it seems better.
it hasn't reset once this week.
but i think i'm learning how to drive it better now and can get it into lean burn mode and get the meter over 50mpg more often now.
 

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Thanks.

Interesting points. I have tried it on a 20 mile cruise and it went up a little, but not much.

I will get the battery checked out PLUS try the headlight trick.

Thanks for the suggestions.
 

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mine also might be acting better because i disconnected the 12v battery
while I was installing the stereo, amp and speakers.
that forced it to hard reset and when i fired it back up it was all the way
down off the grid.
then i took it out and ran it on the hiway for 30 min and it's been fine all week.
even though it's been running a 400w amp and the ac full blast
and it's been 100+ here.
got to get the windows tinted lol
 
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