[islandlabs] car maintenance adventures

Chris Knadle Chris.Knadle
Fri Jan 30 02:13:07 EST 2015

On 2015-01-29 14:20, Burns, William wrote:
> Chris:
> The reason the "alternator" is so hard to find (in a yr 2000  Honda
> insight) is because there isn't one for that car. (I belatedly discovered)
> Not original equipment, anyway.

I believe the "alternator rotor assembly" I looked up is the same for the
'00 - '03 Insight, so it should be the same as what you have.

> What you're looking at appears to be the motor/generator that's molded 
> into
> the engine block.

That's what it looked like, yep.

> (doing any maintenance on that involves a *lot* of engine disassembly)
> It generates a (varying) voltage somewhere in the range of 120 to 160 
> volts.

> Then the hybrid system downconverts this to 13.8V to charge the 
> "accessory"
> battery.
> Unfortunately, when the hybrid system quits, the downconverion quits and
> you're running on an uncharged battery.

*sigh*  Yeah I understand.

> The solution is to lobotomize the hybrid "intelligent Power Unit" and then
> the downconversion circuit returns to "minimal" service.
> This involved removing a ridiculous number of screws, removing a shielding
> plate, turning off the hybrid battery switch and ignoring the "you *will* 
> be
> killed" warning message.
> Now I'm getting 50MPG on the gas engine only.

Well the procedure certainly sounds scary, but it also sounds like having
done it the car is a lot more livable now than it was.  Glad you were able
to get it back on the road without having to charge the battery every night.


Chris Knadle
Chris.Knadle at coredump.us

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