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Hi All,

I'm new to the forums and looking for some help.

I have had Honda Civic Hybrid 1.3 IMA 2008 for 2 1/2 years. Never had any issues in my car.

This Sunday when I started the car, the car dashboard had battery light turned on. I drove off the car to the local shop to pick up my groceries. I parked the car with an engine running for maybe 2-3 mins. As I got back in the car and put it to 'D' to drive. The car shook a little and then turned-off. After that I was not able to start the car and there was continuous clicking noise.

I called a friend and able to jump start the car straightaway and drove off for 3 miles. This time whilst driving I noticed there were no bars showing on the 'BAT' gauge. The battery light was also on.

After 3-4 hrs I had the car jump started again. This time 'BAT' gauge had bars coming up. The battery light was off too.

I'm confused. What seems to be the issue? Any advice, suggestion would be appreciated.

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@scaramanga yes you are right about battery charge. Due to covid i have been driving only once or twice a week for 15-20mins or so. Took it today to Halfords for a free card health check. They tested the battery was showing 12.2v but the amp reading was showing 230 compared to 400 it seems

So yeah, it was the uncharged battery in this case.
 

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Something that all Hybrid drivers are going to have to get used to as more and more vehicles go that way.
 

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How old is the battery, might just be past its best. It might also benefit from a proper off the car trickle charge over night, if that's possible.
 

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Even full electric cars have a "Normal" 12v battery as well as the battery pack that powers the motors to the wheels.
 

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Something that all Hybrid drivers are going to have to get used to as more and more vehicles go that way.
I actually quite like my HCH 2008 and I was thinking to get HCH 2010 this year. because of its being quite, smooth and strong. Would you know whether its because of the Electric battery?
 

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Can you take the battery out of a hybrid?
I think you can. Just like any other battery.

But I was hoping that Halfords or Eurocarparts would do it. But when i called them they suggested to contact the Honda Dealer. I think they may had bad experience with some hybrid cars and thats the reason they don't do it anymore. I was told the battery is directly connected to the electric battery and startup motor etc. etc. that I don't think is the case.
 

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How old is the battery, might just be past its best. It might also benefit from a proper off the car trickle charge over night, if that's possible.
It has Exide battery in it, which seems to have good reviews. But I'm not sure how old is it though.

I don't have the battery charger, however I did drive for 20-30mins and took to motorway for couple of mins etc. So hoping the charge would have been better today.
 

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I wonder how the large motive battery pack is doing after 12 years - my big concern with these would be needing to replace that at vast expense :eek:
 

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I wonder how the large motive battery pack is doing after 12 years - my big concern with these would be needing to replace that at vast expense :eek:
Youve only got to look at some Prius Taxis, many over 200k on original batteries and showing 85% battery life.

Heres one with over 600k on the original battery pack

 

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I'm not sure it is the mlileage as much as the age of the battery - A taxi can cover a huge mileage over 1 year
 

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I actually quite like my HCH 2008 and I was thinking to get HCH 2010 this year. because of its being quite, smooth and strong. Would you know whether its because of the Electric battery?
What I meant was that if the the starter battery for the engine is flat you won't get started and may well have run out of charge in the motive battery. If there is no plug in option on the vehicle then you are stuck until the AA turn up.
 

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My 2013 Civic still only has just over 20k on it, and the original battery, looked after weekly by a CTEK.
 

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But that's a lot younger than OP's K.
Welcome back. Nice to see you, to see you, nice.
 

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the thing with batteries is not the age
but the life they have had
regular use with correct charge and they can last for long time
keep running flat and leaving them they don't last long as with over charging
 

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Fully agree. If you let a battery go flat it's had it unless you have specialist charger as with a normal charge will continue to discharge very quickly.

My post #4 here: Battery flat again.
 

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for a normal battery - yes it is the life they have had more than age, does the same hold for motive battery packs tho? I have heard of EV and hybrid motive packs not lasting long and for many vehicles it will be uneconomic to replace them.. with more about now I guess we will find out over time
 

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Watch the Fifth Gear used car test from a few years back on EVs, Renault Zoe vs BMW i3 vs Vauxhall Ampera.
The replacement battery cost was eye watering.
 
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