Is it possible to disable the IMA?
I've been driving my HAH for 3 years and 70K+ miles and have loved every mile of it so far. I've been very lucky in that I have not had any major problems (Knock on wood) so far. It's time for a new timing belt, water pump, spark plugs, etc. as I have passed the 105K mile service limit. I would love to drive the car for another 200K. But I don't want to spend $1,000+ to maintain the engine, only to have to spend another few thousand dollars to replace the IMA battery if it were to fail 6 months later. So my question is, when is does fail is there a way to disable the IMA and drive the car as a regular V6 (poor fuel economy in all unfortunately)?
I did own an actual Honda service manual for the 2005-2006 Accord Hybrids. I looked through it looking for just this answer, but did not find anything that specifically said do this to disable the IMA.
I wonder if it is as simple as pulling the IMA fuses and/or removing the rear seat to flip the On/Off switch on the battery module.
I've considered doing the above as an experiment, but I'm reluctant to do so for the fear of what might go wrong by pulling a fuse.
Has anyone had to do this? Can it be done?
Thanks in advance!