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What’s up everybody? Thanks in advance for the advice and apologies if this has already been discussed on another thread.

I Have a 2011 Honda CRZ 70k miles (just put in a new 12v battery 4/5 months ago and had a refurbished transmission installed from Honda dealer @60k- has 3yr 36k warranty on trans) I get oil changed regularly and do my best to treat her right-

I was driving it home after work last night (20 min drive) and the IMA and CEL light came on out of nowhere. Battery levels are almost full on dash and haven’t been fluctuating to my knowledge. No noticeable issues in performance after taking it on a 10 min drive down the street this morning and then another 10-15 mins tonight. IMA light has turned off but CEL remains. Should I go to an auto zone and buy an OBD scanner? Or just have them run it? If I was to buy one any suggestions on which units might be the best and most informative? Been reading a lot on this forum/ online that it’s probably either a fuse or hybrid battery fan or straight up battery deterioration? Should I not be driving it?

My girl thinks she hears some sound coming from the dash- I thought maybe I heard something coming from trunk area - just really bummed this happened as we dropped almost 10k w parts/labor/ rentals etc on the transmission less than a year ago :( but I love the little car and want this to be as cost effective as possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
 

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What’s up everybody? Thanks in advance for the advice and apologies if this has already been discussed on another thread.

I Have a 2011 Honda CRZ 70k miles (just put in a new 12v battery 4/5 months ago and had a refurbished transmission installed from Honda dealer @60k- has 3yr 36k warranty on trans) I get oil changed regularly and do my best to treat her right-

I was driving it home after work last night (20 min drive) and the IMA and CEL light came on out of nowhere. Battery levels are almost full on dash and haven’t been fluctuating to my knowledge. No noticeable issues in performance after taking it on a 10 min drive down the street this morning and then another 10-15 mins tonight. IMA light has turned off but CEL remains. Should I go to an auto zone and buy an OBD scanner? Or just have them run it? If I was to buy one any suggestions on which units might be the best and most informative? Been reading a lot on this forum/ online that it’s probably either a fuse or hybrid battery fan or straight up battery deterioration? Should I not be driving it?

My girl thinks she hears some sound coming from the dash- I thought maybe I heard something coming from trunk area - just really bummed this happened as we dropped almost 10k w parts/labor/ rentals etc on the transmission less than a year ago :( but I love the little car and want this to be as cost effective as possible. Any advice would be greatly appreciated
PS the car is registered in CA where I’ve lived for the past 4.5 years but was bought in IL in Chicagoland where I’m from- is it true there’s a manufacturers warranty? I think I’ve read 10/150 and 15/150 in different places- Is this true and will it matter that I haven’t purchased the car in CA?
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there are separate warranties as required by certain states. Im not sure what the exact CA warranty is though.

A basic scanner will only pull basic codes - you need an HDS scanner to read IMA codes.

We're finding out more and more things that may trigger an IMA alert... so without the IMA code, it's hard to say what your issues might be.
I went to auto zone and used their scanner - P1448 (IPU mod fan problem)
61-1 (control unit low voltage)
81-1 (current sensor 2 failure)
62-1 (millimeter wave radar sensor error)

Is what popped up. Seems like the fan is going. Guess I just have to take it to Honda and have them diagnose the issue? Wasn’t trying to pay for that though:/

Also found out the car was originally sold in CA then brought out to Chicago sold and then we brought it back to CA oddly enough. I’m going to try and call Honda and see if the warranty still stands. Again it’s 2011 and only has 70k

Any other thoughts or observations are welcome. Will reply w what I hear from Honda
 

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Thanks for the input everyone. Sorry for messing up the format I’m a little tech illiterate. We scheduled a diagnostic with the local Honda dealer and ended up dropping it off this morning.
Before we took it in, I called the parts department and explained the situation and brought up the P1448 issue. The parts guy ran my vin # and I asked him to run the part I think I’ll need (I J810-RTW-003) to see if in fact it was covered for 15yr/150K. He assured me it was covered for my car and vin and as long as the Honda diagnostic came back with the same issue that auto zone did, it would be taken care of under warranty.
Fast forward to the phone call from the tech. He tells me it’s the hybrid battery blower motor fan and it’s not covered by the warranty…. What??? I explain to him what I spoke to the parts guy about the day before and that he told me it was covered. He says no it’s a different part # and not the same thing and won’t be covered.
So I ask him for the part number he thinks I need - IJ816-RMX 003 (look familiar?)
I google the part and the same blower motor pops up just for a Honda Insight not a CRZ which is what I own. I gave them IJ810-RTW 003 and it’s covered and they give me IJ816-RMX-003 and suddenly it’s 550$

Am I missing something? Again I’m not a mechanic and not the biggest car guy but I’ve been reading endless conversations online and this forum for the past 3 days straight and I’m pretty confident they’re the same part and this dude is trying to fuck me. Am I wrong? Please explain to me the difference if I am because his explanation wasn’t satisfactory.

I’m planning on contacting Hondas head Customer service department early Friday as I don’t see any reasoning w this tech.
Am I wrong on this? Thanks for the time everyone sorry for the novel
 

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Update: I called the service manager at the dealership. He straightened out the problem and essentially said the tech didn’t know what he was talking about and that the part is covered and will be replaced free of charge per the warranty.
Score one for the little guy!
Thank you all for your opinions and insights! Had I not gotten the information this forum provided we would’ve paid 550$ for part and labor. Me and my lady truly appreciate you all!
Keep fighting the good fight!
 
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