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  1. 5 points
    Another way to clean/ operate the rear brakes is to reverse quite fast in a safe area and brake. This way the weight of the car is transferred to the rear and the rear brakes will apply harder. Also Regen braking does not work in reverse as far as I know. HTH
  2. 4 points
    Hi, It was this:- I bought it from my local dealer. It was less than £10 and included the four clips that secure it. I think the last two part number digits, C1, refer to the trim colour. C1 was good for me, but you may need C0 (a different shade?), as this is listed in some parts breakdowns for the spare wheel kit for an Auris mk2 Once the two chrome 'D' securing rings are removed the trim just pulls straight up (against the four securing clips). HTH
  3. 4 points
    A year ago I put the space saver in our 2013 Auris Hybrid. Further to the chart above, I thought some pictures might be of use. A shallower trim piece is required for the boot slam panel, this is very reasonably priced in the UK (less than £10). I have shown it next to the original piece in the picture. The lower boot floor is not well supported and it is tilted (picture) when the wheel is fitted. The wheel carrier is the one recommended by my dealer and was about £10, which seemed a bit steep, other very similar ones (for a Yaris?) are half that price. The spare wheel is not big enough to accommodate the jack and handle, so these have to go somewhere else. (The photo shows the tyre size I have). There are 4 rubber blocks that are needed to hold the metal wheel rim off the metal boot floor, but I used a heavy duty carpet tile instead. Your spare wheel could go either way up, I can't see much benefit to either. I have not used the wheel in anger, but your existing wheel nuts should fit, but will use the taper at their end to secure the wheel, instead of the flat/washer face they use on the alloy. I have tried a full size alloy (195/65 x 15) in the boot, just because I have one. The slam panel would need serious cutting to fit this in, it is very tight. The lower boot floor is then so high that it barely exists. On the new Auris, the spare wheel is standard in the UK, and is fitted the other way up, meaning a different (longer) carrier/clamp is required. Also, these cars have completely different boot plastics which finish the boot off properly, but that are (dealer) reported to cost hundreds when ordered as a spare part. (Last 2 pictures). HTH
  4. 3 points
    With a Gen 3 or 4 Prius (and maybe other Toyota models [*]) there is also the option of using the Hill Start Assist (HSA) feature. People will no doubt have varying ideas as to the desirability of this, but it's there if you want it. On a Gen 3, briefly pressing the main brake pedal a bit harder invokes HSA (it beeps when activated and I think the Stability Control light flashes), and when the foot is removed the brakes are held on for 2 seconds, which is enough to start accelerating. On a Gen 4, just releasing the main brake pedal activates HSA if the slope is more than the creep can hold, and again keeps the brakes on for 2 seconds, but there's no beep or dash light. [*] I've noticed this system on a C-HR Hybrid and Aygo MMT that I've driven too.
  5. 3 points
    problem solved sticking SCV on the diesel pump, replaced and all o.k., just thought id mention it incase someone else gets this at a later date.
  6. 3 points
    Also running winter tyres (Conti TS860 on steel wheels) here. I didn't get stuck once and we got it pretty bad here in Norfolk, especially out in the sticks, when the wind picked up. Passed many a stuck 4x4 and battled on through a good 2' of drifts at times. I have no pictures from the UK event but I was in the Swiss Alps last week, a place that gets far worse snow than we do and only needed to stick some chains on for the steepest part of the Bernina pass.
  7. 3 points
    Using N for short periods of time will do no harm as long as the State of Charge doesn't go below 2 bars, although I'm not advocating using it when stopped in traffic (from 6 bars it can last over 20 minutes if not too many electrical systems are on). I think it's there in case the car needs to be pushed. Unofficially, some people also like to select it briefly on the move to rub rust off the disc brakes, as it also disables regen braking. I'm also surprised crawl isn't disabled when the parking brake is on, even (relatively) cheap Aygo autos (MultiMode) are clever enough to do that! I don't know why a Hybrid needs to creep at all. I wish they'd take a leaf out of Tesla's book and have a menu option to choose whether to creep or not. I used to sometimes drive a CVT Micra which didn't creep, and it was so much more restful in heavy traffic. Personally I think it's bad manners and bad driving to stay on the brake pedal for more than a minute or so if someone is behind you, especially in the wet and/or night time. This is in the Highway Code: "In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again. Law RVLR reg 27".
  8. 3 points
    This is one of the little niggles about the HSD (and, to be fair, lots of other automatics now!) - They encourage bad driving practices. With a Manual gearbox, if you are gong to be stopped for anything but the briefest pauses, you should go Handbrake + Neutral - This makes the car safe and doesn't blind the drivers behind you at night ("If a pause becomes a wait, USE THE HANDBRAKE OR I'LL BREAK YOUR LEGS!" as my instructor used to jokingly say. Well, at least I think he was joking... ) In the HSD however, you can't use neutral as it will eventually drain the battery. (Neutral is absolutely pointless on the HSD as it can't actually disengage the gears - Someone told me the only reason it's there is for legal requirements!) Also, you can't use D + Parking brake as the HSD will try to 'creep' against the parking brake and stress the leccy motor unnecessarily. Most HSD owners just commit the cardinal sin of standing on the foot-brake (Which, to be fair, is what 99% of drivers seem to do regardless of auto or manual!), but really the 'proper' way would be to engage the parking brake and then hit P so that even if you did get rear-ended the parking brake should take most of the impact and hopefully the pawl for the parking brake won't get sheared off...! I really don't know why Toyota made the car creep in D with the parking brake engaged - If they hadn't then D+Parking brake would be perfect!
  9. 3 points
    Dont worry Harters, we are all fools at times, so you not alone. Hi Keith, I am loving the Prius I had 1 month now (plus the 7 months in the Auris Hybrid, now the wifes). Would love a new one, but I have said I will never buy a new car again, loose too much in the first year......... but I can dream. I am 70 (nearly 71) and not working now, so it would be very hard for me to justify £25k for a new car anyway, so its dream on!
  10. 3 points
    I know why it has been done, but can't comment on the reason it was done A Dealer (Toyota or otherwise) is not allowed to actively seek out warranty work, any warranty work has to be reported as a fault by the customer, hence the phrase used. If I was to hazard a guess, I reckon they use a warranty code, which drops that wording into any warranty work line on the invoice. An unfortunate use of the term me thinks Kingo
  11. 3 points
    Hi, It does sound like you have really burnt out the clutch, so you need a full kit, clutch plate, cover and thrust bearing. Once opened up you may find the flywheel is damaged, needing a skim or replacement. If you do a Search on this forum you will find some posts where the Tsport guys have detailed their clutch replacements and type of kit fitted.
  12. 2 points
    Your car probably doesn't have traction control. My 2009 Auris doesn't have it for example. Usually no button = no traction control fitted.
  13. 2 points
    Josh, do what Alan sez... basically what I stated in my second post in this thread... but Alan said it better :) You may be turning a straight forward cam belt job into space opera! If that sucker turns over by hand and you have compression with a new belt on then fire her up; you have nothing to lose bar the price of fitting the belt. Better the devil you know rather than a new engine of un-known history! Unfortunately it seems that those so called mechanics you were dealing with are scammers! If you can find an honest mechanic that will tell you like it is... then he is worth his weight in gold!
  14. 2 points
    At the moment you have an engine which had a broken timing belt. An untrustworthy garage has taken the rocker cover off but possibly not really checked anything, and you can't find out whether you have an interference engine or not. I reckon you have some options... 1) Turn the crankshaft by hand. If it turns complete cycles there's a chance it hasn't smashed anything - so fit a new timing belt. Turn the engine by hand again and check whether the valves go in/out properly (and without hitting anything). This will tell whether you have bent valves. If all seems ok then refit the rocker cover and do a compression test. This will tell if you have smashed pistons. If all is ok then attempt to start the engine. Bear in mind you could still have slightly bent valves, so you'll need to see how it goes from there, considering how well (or badly) the engine runs. 2) Strip the cylinder head off and check the pistons and valves. Replace parts as necessary. 3) Fit a replacement engine. Personally, I'd start with option 1) which, assuming all goes well, will only really cost the same as having a new timing belt fitted, give or take an hour or so labour.
  15. 2 points
    As Stephen said it is down to certification. The only LEDs afaik that are currently legal for road use in the UK are those where the complete bulb & light unit have been designed/tested together (either as part of a new car or as a complete aftermarket replacement unit). Because LEDs output light differently they often output a different beam pattern from existing reflectors. Manufacturers like Osram & Philips aim to develop LED bulbs that will be straight swaps for existing bulbs but have not yet managed.
  16. 2 points
    [OFF TOPIC] Ha! Reminds me of conversations online in the early days of my Gen 1 Prius, some 16 years ago, when US members of the Prius Yahoo chat group were gobsmacked that we got so much better mpg than they did, until someone reminded them that the Imperial Gallon is one of very few examples of something we have that's bigger than theirs!
  17. 2 points
    As someone who regularly bemoans the lack of common courtesy on our roads, I find it reassuring to see folks on here who are placing the needs of others over their own convenience when stopped in traffic. However, at the risk of causing offence, I would like to suggest that those of you who believe that using Park in traffic is the polite and courteous thing to do are perhaps misguided. In fact, you could be doing more harm than good. Here's why: Moving from P to D takes time. If you're in front of me, and you're fannying around pumping the brake and getting back into gear when you should be acquiring some forward motion, that is going to inconvenience me far more than a bit of brake light glare could. Maybe one person doing this isn't an issue. But if there's a whole queue of well-meaning 'considerate' people ahead, it means I'm probably not going to get through the lights before they change, which is a pretty damned inconsiderate outcome that has the added affect of negatively impacting congestion and pollution! More importantly, I would suggest that you could actually be making the 'dazzle' problem worse for the driver behind by going into P. This is because you are going to need to hit the brake again to get back into Drive. In other words, you are going to 'dazzle' the person behind - whose eyesight has adjusted to your lights being off - with a brief burst of illumination right at the very point when they are looking to pull away. Surely, this is worse, and potentially even more hazardous? I will be honest and admit that I'm not entirely convinced that the dazzle thing is a genuine concern. I was taught years ago to 'avert my eyes' from brake lights if waiting in traffic, rather than staring at them transfixed until my pupils reduced to pinpricks. It's not hard to do, and I am therefore in the 'leave my foot on the brake' camp myself. However, I respect the view that brake lights could still be seen as 'impolite'. If that is indeed your view, then I would suggest the better option is the one suggested by Joseph D and others: just knock your car into neutral and put the handbrake on. The HSD charging thing is a red herring edge-case. And at least then you can switch back to D without touching the dazzle pedal, and pull away nearly as swiftly as you could if you left your foot on the brake! To add some further information which may be of interest to Toyota HSD owners, my Lexus hybrid has a 'brake hold' function which I originally thought might offer a 'best of both worlds' solution. It lets you take your foot off the brake after a couple of seconds in stationary traffic, and automatically releases when you get back on the throttle. Unfortunately it is more like the worst of both worlds. The brake lights actually stay on even after you take your foot off the pedal, AND it adds an annoying delay when you try to get going again. Technology hasn't answered this one, yet!
  18. 2 points
    I thought this is only a limitation with earlier generations of Prius? I heard leaving a gen 3 or newer in N will still allow it to charge the battery, although I haven't tested it myself... I think they just wanted to make it operate as close to a normal car as possible. One of the primary target markets for the Prius are yanks, who are used to the way a traditional auto box works. Personally, if I'm stuck in traffic for a long time, I use the parking brake and N. Otherwise I keep my foot on the (service?) brake. I'd certainly not keep it in D with the parking brake on - I've had enough cars with crap handbrakes to know this could potentially end badly.
  19. 2 points
    Exactly the way I do it with the same considerations in standing traffic.
  20. 2 points
    I do exactly as the same in all the automatics I have driven, foot brake on and leave car in drive. The only time I will put it in park is the rare occasion the traffic is at a standstill due to an accident or so similar as I know everyone is stoppped for an extended period.
  21. 2 points
    Great info @YarisHybrid2016 I regularly rev the Aygo to 6k rpm, not by choice, but needed to join a dual carriageway safely. It's uphill, so 2nd gear floored is the only way to reach speed. My spark plugs at 30k were looking in rude health. I'm a firm believer in the Italian tune-up concept.
  22. 2 points
    Your engine has direct injection like the 2.4 ( Every other petrol engine used in the Avensis to the latest Valvematic is indirect!). Direct injection has a much higher pressure in the fuel rail to the injectors. What you need to do is turn the key to IGN (not start!). You may hear the fuel pump run for a few seconds. This will help pressurize the fuel system. Repeat a few times to get the fuel pressure up and purge any airlocks in the system. Then you can start the car. You get a bit of misfire at first, but don't rev the engine until it is running smoothly. Once the engine has settled, you should be okay. I suspect the EML or CEL as you call it, was warning of low fuel pressure. Hopefully it will go off when the engine is fine. The code will still be store until a diagnostic is cleared.
  23. 2 points
    Just to let people know, been out finally in the Prius and the PARK ASSIST kicked in by itself; sensors working fine. Also, the CLEARANCE SONAR warning light stopped flashing, so all fine again. Thanks again Kithmo.
  24. 2 points
    this is how bad it was on Thursday for me and a snippet of Wednesday getting up my dad's road.
  25. 2 points
    I was still half asleep obviously, oh my goodness I feel such a fool
  26. 2 points
    The pre production PIPs were exactly as described by Cyker. They appeared to have 2 HV batteries one for EV mode which could only be charged from the mains, and one for HV mode chargd via the HSD. The reality was there was only one HV battery which was split into 2 virtual batteries. I guess during testing they realised this was bonkers.
  27. 2 points
    Germany? How did that get into your reply? Have you misread the Gunmetal grey for Germany? My mistake anyway - it is Galactic Blue, still a +£500 option included.
  28. 2 points
    sure, but makes more sense on a plug-in as it means you can depart with a full battery and the car at the right temperature, otherwise any heating or cooling done at the beginning of a journey would be at the expense of EV range.
  29. 2 points
    If they advertise it they have to be able to substantiate it or the ASA could get involved. When running my diesels I often used premium diesel (usually Shell) - not for any notion of improved performance or consumption but for the long term benefits of a cleaner engine.
  30. 2 points
    Have a look here... Luggage area
  31. 2 points
    same here (and most are blown away by the screens and the near silent, smooth progress). It's the first car I've had since a GL Vauxhall Nova I bought new in 1984 which had a really rich rust colour ribbed velour interior, including seats and door trim. The whole dash was in a matching colour, with off white pillar covers and headlining. Male and female passengers used to remark "wow!" the first time they got in. I actually chose the interior colour first (it's what I see most!), then chose from the available non-metallic paint colours that I could have with it.
  32. 2 points
    Hi, if it helps, the Toyota iQ power-fold mirrors are the same as those on the Prius from 2009-2015 and I believe also the Verso, probably more likely to find one from a Prius and mirror caps are interchangeable too, simply unclips :) Regards, Ben
  33. 2 points
    To start the engine on an MMT you press the brake and put it in neutral then you'll be able to start the engine.
  34. 2 points
    Here's a link which appears to explain how to do it on the gen 4 https://priuschat.com/threads/maintenance-mode.172652/ As for the gen 3 this is from a previous post: Put vehicle in Ready or Acc mode (you may press EV to prevent the engine starting and wasting fuel if in Ready mode) Hold down the "INFO-TEL" button on the NAV Turn the headlamps on and off 4 times. The diagnostic screen appears on the NAV. On the first screen, press; "Function check/Setting" then on the second: "Vehicle signal" Battery voltage is the first on the list on the third screen that appears. This shows the voltage under load in Ready or ACC mode
  35. 2 points
    We had a Clio from brand new in April 2001 and had it for over sixteen years. Sold in September 2017. 1.6 16v with all the extras including air con. In the 100,000miles or so that we had it, the air con was NEVER switched off. Never had or needed a re-gas ............... and the air con worked perfectly for the whole 16years and 100,000miles. Changed the pollen filter three times DIY. Mick.
  36. 2 points
    Hybrid Assistant (Android app) can tell you if you're using friction brakes (brake icon goes red). I can hear the disc brakes at lower speeds. One thing to watch out for is the slider pins on the rear calipers can seize, which can lead to uneven wear and noise. One of my rear discs had significant corrosion that wouldn't go away because the pads were not coming into contact properly - after replacing one seized pin and lubricating the rest, they're looking a lot better now (and no noise). Probably worth lubricating them every 2 years or so. I haven't check the pins on the front brakes as they seem to be working OK.
  37. 2 points
    My T3. Full T-Sport exterior conversion, lowered 40mm on Apex springs, and has an eBay short shifter.
  38. 2 points
    When braking gently the car uses regenerative braking - you can easily see this on your hybrid indicator on the dash which will show recharging under braking. In this state, the retardation is only at the front wheels, and the mechanical brakes (ie the pads and discs) are not being used at all, the car is being slowed by the electrical resistance of the motor generators. At low speeds (under 7 mph I think) the mechanical brakes come into use. This is often not enough to keep the brake discs clean of the surface rust which affects the discs on all cars. When you brake hard, then the mechanical brakes come into use - and work on all four wheels, although biased towards the front as Catlover explained. The parking brake operates only on the rear wheels. So you can effectively clean the discs by braking hard as you've now discovered. However, as Harters says, when you select neutral the car does not regenerate at all, and when you brake in neutral the car uses only the mechanical brakes. This is a more comfortable and arguably kinder way to keep your brakes clean. I do this regularly on the way to work - there's a gentle downhill about 100 yards long leading to a give way and I simply select neutral and brake gently down this hill, select drive at the bottom and drive on normally. I do it about once a week, it seems to do the trick. Brake pads wear much slower on hybrids than on conventional cars due to them not being used much in this setup, but the risk is that they can end up needing work doing through lack of use - rusty discs, seized calipers, that kind of thing. Incidentally you can't (well, at least I can't) feel any difference at all whether the braking is regenerative or mechanical, which I think is rather impressive engineering.
  39. 2 points
    I wouldn't worry too much about it. Personally, if I noticed that comment about a used car I was looking to buy I might think "aah good, the previous owner has cared enough about the car to get some type of problem sorted". I do think though that Toyota/dealerships could resist using so many abbreviations on their invoices etc., appreciate that the service receptionists do make a valiant attempt to explain what's been done, but I've usually forgotten their explanations by the time I get home.
  40. 2 points
    Also, you could try putting the car in neutral, when its safe to do so as thats stops regen braking, then try some braking as Catlover suggests. Once you have done that a few times put the car back into drive and carry on your way
  41. 1 point
    Hello Svein - welcome to Toyota Owners Club
  42. 1 point
    Managed to give the Yaris a pre-season valet today. Bits still to do though.
  43. 1 point
    Thanks guys, it was actually the clutch that was gone and it was really bad lol but I replaced it and put in a stage 2 performance clutch kit into it.
  44. 1 point
    I don't think it's stupid at all. The whole point in a PHEV is being able to use energy from mains electricity to complete short journeys, as it is a hell of a lot cheaper than petrol and also takes emissions away from urban areas. Using the ICE to fully charge the battery achieves neither of those, and will return worse fuel economy than running the car in hybrid mode. As said, the current Prius PHV has a charge mode, but it is only really intended for use when driving into areas with restrictions on emissions (of which I'm not sure any exist yet). Also, you can benefit from the larger battery with regen - often when I've gone below the EV Mode threshold (i.e. it's running like a normal Prius) and I am braking downhill, the EV Mode range indicator will re-appear and I can enable it again for maybe 0.4-0.8 miles or so. I assume @YarisHybrid2016 is talking about the current generation PHV? I believe some changes were made to the transmission to allow it to run at up to 135 km/h in EV Mode (higher than the 85 km/h in mine, and much lower limits in the standard Prius). Personally, I think it looks a lot better than the standard 4th gen Prius too.
  45. 1 point
    On the Toyota website it says there is a timer setting to allow pre-heating or cooling of the car. I can't find any reference to a key fob function, but it's possible, as the Gen 3 Prius Solar Roof version had a fob button a turn on the A/C remotely. This wasn't feasible on the first PiP as it didn't have a heat pump type heater, it had to run the engine to heat the car, which disappointed a fair few owners as they either had to wear thick coats and use the heated seats or run the engine just to heat the car. Annoying if a commute could otherwise have been done without using any petrol.
  46. 1 point
    Actually, if my facts are correct, they don't have Atkinson cycle engines, but simulated Atkinson. Atkinson cycle uses different length strokes for inlet and exhaust etc, but ours have a standard normal crankshaft, so all cycles are equal. I think it's the valve cycles that simulate the Atkinson, not the crankshaft. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atkinson_cycle#/media/File:Atkinson_Engine_with_Intake.gif Mick.
  47. 1 point
    True, but I have been tracking it over a year or 2, so the relative values are interesting.
  48. 1 point
    Don't think noise is an issue, certainly not as noisy when driving with the window open with no deflectors. Definitely useful for driving with window open while raining. As for the visibility I agree it does affect it.
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    Is that what Crossover means now? Just a Fat version of the original car?? I don't know who buys these things! Or so many! I just want a small 3.5m-ish long car that can hold a lot of stuff, has good range (At least 300 miles on one charge at 70mph for electric, 600miles on 35L for fossil fuels) and shedloads of torque at all speeds! And a collimated digital dash. And a slide and tilt sunroof. Also aircon. Sliding folding rear seats. Lots of gloveboxes and other closable storage bins. 5 doors and 5 seats. Maybe a flamethrower. Or a catapult for firing copies of the highway code at other people! Oooh oooh, how about 2 buttons that are linked to light-up signs at the back (One says "Thank you!!" and the other says "Drop dead!!"). The buttons have to be different shapes so you don't press the wrong one...