I just got my 2008 Civic Hybrid two weeks ago. I've noticed since then that it has a bit of an electric noise occasionally. It doesn't happen all the time and doesn't seem to associate with the battery charge. It sounds like it's coming from the front of the car, and it isn't too loud (only really noticeable when the radio is off). Last night, I heard it when I switched from reverse to drive and a few times when I was braking. Does anyone else have this sound? Is it a normal sound or should I be concerned?
I took my Civic Hybrid to the dealer today. It was making a strange buzzing noise when I applied the brakes frequently. They took a look at it and said that it is the "brake modulation solenoid".
I am getting it replaced soon, they had to order parts.
I just got a 2010 Civic Hybrid a couple days ago and I have noticed an electric noise too which also seems to occur more often when. It may just be my imagination, but it seems that it stops charging when the noise occurs. Did the dealer say that the "brake modulation solenoid" was affecting the battery charging?