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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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3 things that trigger a recal

I live in Florida where it's usually quite warm and muggy. The 3 main things I've noticed that trigger a recal is sitting in auto-stop for a long time 5+ minutes with the radio on. and idling 3-5+ minutes running the air conditioner then driving (even if you turn the air off before driving). The 3rd thing that seems to trigger a recal is that if you are using small amounts of assist for 20-30 sec at a time, you're always doing the "caterpillar" around here, it won't register on the charge gauge, but wait until it needs to adjust itself.

Hope this helps.
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