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Post your recal behavior

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Ok, I though since there was some talk about recals and the like I though maybe we should post it here to maybe see if there is a pattern.

For the purposes of this a recal is where the SOC gague suddenly falls to 0 bars and goes in to a force charge mode.

In my observation the older Insight's will recalibrate if left in auto stop for longer than a few minutes. CVT's do not seem to exhibit this behavior to date.

Anyways, I'm thinking we want a year, miles, recal occurance, driving terrain and climate to perhaps to try and establish a trend.

My car is a 02 5 speed with 25,000 miles on it. I've had one recalibration durring the whole time I've had the car. This was under the worst possible conditions. Up a steep hill, summer on a 110 degree day with the air on pretty heavily. Unlike the older cars I've been in I can leave it in auto stop for hours on end and it won't recalibrate. I think this might have been fixed with the new ECU on the 00 and 01's. The only other recalibrations I've ever seen were induced by myself pulling the 12 volt to do whatever I needed to do.
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I'm out of warranty but the recals began around 8-12 K. They appeared toward the end of the first summer (A lot of us have thought heat may be a contributing factor). The second year they increased to roughly once a week and by the third year I saw them multiple times a week. I am still not convinced its the battery but lean toward the SOC guage not keeping track of the amps leaving/charging). As a result the guage nearly shows full when the low voltage trigger is reached causing a recal. In the end they are an inconvience but have not effected my lmpg which still seams to be improving. I drive mainly highway miles and if I were in city driving with frequent recals I would probably not consider them a mere inconvience. It is certainly a battery management issue as the CVT's don't have them and their batteries could possibly have as many cycles as the 5spds but perhaps not to the same depth of discharge.
Recently they had a salvaged 03 Insight on Ebay that had a broken lower engine block due to flood damage. Before the price got out of hand (sold for 6.6K) I considered buying it for the battery pack and perhaps a future EV project. Have fun, RIck
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