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honda fit battery

I have read related comments on battery problems from Honda Fit owners. I own a 2008 Fit and have had one battery replaced after it had died after being parked for five days in the train station parking lot,and the replacement just died yesterday in one of the rainiest days in Southern California. Triple A jump started the battery but advised me to get a new battery. Took it in to Honda who ran a check on electrical system and said everything checked out, and of course charged me $55.00. I personally do a walk around to see if the headlights are off and have turned off the dome light to avoid any problems. I bought the Fit to have a car with good gas mileage and that would start everytime. Now these battery problems I am not sure of the dependability of this car.
<br/> I do admit to listening to the radio for half an hour during my lunch hour at work, but turn the key to the position just before turning the key to start the car. I never had a problem with this before.I realize the Fit battery is a small battery, could this radio listening gradually deplete the battery.
<br/> Thanks.
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  • edited December 2010

    Could 1/2 hour of radio listening (without the engine running) deplete the battery?
    I think that in order to answer that question properly, we need to know the typical daily usage of this car.
    If it is driven for at least 20 minutes on the highway each day, then 1/2 hour of radio listening should not be a problem.

    On the other hand, if this car is typically subjected to short trip (3 miles or less) drives, then the battery could be in a perpetual state of low charge, and any accessory usage without the engine running could deplete the battery sufficiently to cause the type of problems described.
  • edited December 2010
    One thing that mostly holds true about batteries is size matters when it comes to capacity. The Fits battery is a itsy bitsy tinniy winnie one. So running the radio a 1/2 hour every day could constantly deplete the charge enough to shorten the battery's life.
  • edited December 2010
    Im running with the itsy bitsy theory and yes ..what is your commute time daily.......
  • edited December 2010
    Keep in mind that you are not required to keep the tiny battery. My CRX came with one of those tiny little batteries, but it's got room for a nice big beefy one, which is what it has now.
  • edited December 2010
    You might want to read your owners manual. The key switch should be turned to the "accessory" or ACC position to listen to the radio. I believe the key position just before the "start" position will allow all electrical devices in your vehicle to energize including your dash icons. If this is the case then the tiny little battery is getting quite the workout for 30 minutes while you play the radio. That would definitely kill the battery in short order.
  • edited December 2010
    Thank you for your replies, they are very helpful
  • edited February 2011
    I have a 2008 Honda Fit and replaced the battery after approx a yr and a half and approx 45,000 miles. And here we are another yr and a half and ready to replace it yet again. It's still under warranty for 3 yrs but not from the dealer where i purchased it. They claim this is not done after one yr. They are Spreen Honda in Loma Linda,Calif. However Penske Honda in Ontario,Calif was kind enough to replace it-yet again. FYI-Spreen has charged me for tire rotations repeatedly and then admitted to not doing them! Penske informed me it is a small battery and radio,heater being left on while the car is off is not helping it. I guess they mean business so now I have to constantly remind myself not to listen for even 5 mins. That's how long it took for it to kill the battery the other day. Great car otherwise. BTW-if they refuse to honor the warranty that comes w/the battery then you can threaten them w/a lawsuit in federal court for fraud. Certainly they won't want that to even be tried,and your displeasure may motivate them to change their answer. Or tell them you are going to another dealer and giving them your business-your repair costs as well as your new Honda purchase. They don't like to hear that,in fact they even called me to honor it but I declined and went to Penske,I trust them.
  • edited February 2011
    It Is Unconscionable That A Company, Any Company Would Sell Cars With A Flaw Like This. I've Never Seen A Fit, But The "Vehicle" Seems To Be Aptly Named Named Because Owners Throw One.

    Do they just keep on making these things with the same defects that draw so many battery complaints here or have they finally revised them in newer models ? Are they still building or importing these little clown cars ?

    I guess if they fail to start that it keeps owners from becoming traffic fatalities. I've seen pictures and these cars are too little for American roads. Looks like passengers in the backseat (There is a backseat, right ?) would have their head and spine just about touching the rear window and tail lights. These things may be O.K. on the city streets, but not around here where we have mostly pick-ups, SUVs and large American cars.

  • edited February 2011
    I would agree about the battery size. HOnda has the habit of installing really thin small capacity batteries sometimes.....My girls 98' Civic is an example of this. She does NOT drive it far enough to work each that little batt is constantly in a state of low charge. How long do you run the car each day? If you have the room to fit a bigger batt in there I would do that.....ALSO check the state of your batt terminals.....they need to be clean and greased to ensure proper charging of your battery.

    If you do opt for a bigger batt buy a Dry cell battery like an Optima can mount an optima upside down over your head without worry of leaking. I have done many custom battery relocations in vehicles....usually locating them to the that time we can put any size batt in the car.... But I know you dont want to do that....if you have the room for a bigger bat under the hood in or near its stock location look into that because it is a very logical idea.

    Make sure your batt terminals are not corroded and if your commute time is very short then you will ALWAYS hae this problem with a stock size battery and even the bigger battery will struggle because you dont allow it to charge long enough.
  • edited February 2011
    Huh? You would try to go to federal court over a $150 battery with a $500 an hour lawyer? The remedy for someone not standing behind their warranty would be to not do business there again or changing brands.
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