Honda Insight Hybrids – Broken Ground straps

When I hear of Honda Insight owners having unusual electrical problems one of the first areas I check is the car’s ground straps. Nearly every high mile Honda  Insight that comes into the shop for the first time has at least one broken ground strap.

These wires are crucial to keeping the car’s electronics in good health. Without them all sort of electrical symptoms can occur.

The straps are made of copper and corrode over time, often from the inside out.  So although they look fine visually, when you give them a gentle tug they simply crumble apart.

The straps themselves cost about $10 apiece so it doesn’t cost much to keep the electrical gremlins at bay.


Watch out for mice and rodents in your hybrid!

With the weather turning cooler I have been seeing more instances of rodents bedding down in hybrids. Sometimes their nests can lead to severe damage.

The latest one I saw blocked the fan so badly, it was certainly a contributing factor to the ultimate demise of the battery. The fan was so blocked that the battery overheated and was damaged beyond repair.

Blocked hybrid battery fan

Blocked hybrid battery fan




Used Hybrid Cars For Sale.

Over the past year, in addition to hybrid car repair, customers come to me looking to

Used Hybrid Cars Sign

Used Hybrid Cars

SELL a used hybrid car

BUY a used hybrid car

In the upcoming months I will have a page on this site with listings of hybrid cars to help connect buyers and sellers.

In the meantime, continue to let me know if you have a used hybrid for sale, or are looking for a used hybrid.

More than likely there is someone locally who has that Toyota Prius,  Honda Insight, or Honda Civic Hybrid you are looking for. Or wants to buy that hybrid you have for sale.