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.
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.
As much as I love hybrids, I am also a big fan of electric cars like Tesla. While perusing some hybrid battery news I found that Tesla is planning to put a supercharger in Madison at East Towne this fall. Looks like it will be in the parking lot in front of the Mall, close to the bus stop near Independence Lane.