Joseph D

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  1. To what distance is the ACC set?
  2. Yes, you are correct, I am not correct – for your Gen 3 Prius. I did fail to notice that your Prius is a 2010 MY. However, the information I gave is correct for the Gen 2 prius, so sorry about that.
  3. No, actually, that is the front tyre pressure spec. The rear is 33 PSI, so you are only 1 PSI short. I have noticed running lower pressure affects MPG much more negatively than higher pressures provides benefit. So, it would pay to keep a weekly eye on your tyre pressures if running to manufacturer's spec. Some other thoughts, did you apply sound deadening to the entire spare wheel well? If not, I understand that applying sound deadening to this area really helps quieten the noise emanating from the rear of the car. What, if anything, do you carry in the under floor tray? Could this be bouncing around causing thimping noises? Hopefully you have already explored these ideas, but I thought I'd mention it anyway as I didn't read that it had been considered.
  4. AFAIAK, it purely aesthetic, in the case of the Prius. Wider tyres, which generally go with the larger wheel/ lower profile tyre combination, have better grip/road holding so that is why high performance cars have them. In the cases of general road cars, they like to have wide tyre to give them the "high performance" look. So, hence purely aesthetic. Because it is considered a cool look these days, probably driven by the "boy-racers" and motoring press. Personally I go for function over form. The preceding posts from Ten Ninety and PeteB, are good too.
  5. Also, what it true of the UK spec might not be true in other countries. Something for owners in other/non-UK countries to consider.
  6. Oh, right, I see what you're saying. You think it should have read "The fuel consumption on our car is in the high 70's to over 80MPG." That would make sense.
  7. To me that is low fuel consumption. Perhaps you meant the fuel economy was high?
  8. Yes, this is exactly what these indications mean. Time for a new battery, or at least get it checked.
  9. Exactly what I thought. 😋
  10. It depends on how flat the battery is, but if it is so flat that there are issues, then no, a 50 mile run is nowhere long enough. A completely flat battery would take a drive of 16 - 20 hours to fully recharge. It is because of this behaviour, I regularly am using my CTEK (MXS 5.0) on our Prius. In fact, it is on the charger as I type this, as has been, for the last few days (this charger goes to maintenance mode automatically), as the car is not being driven regularly at the moment. If you are not driving your car daily for at least 20 - 30 mins duration, and you have an automatic multi-stage battery charger (with AGM setting) then my advice is to use the charger regularly rather than just have it sitting in the shelf looking pretty.
  11. The problem is that the cheaper scan tools are only generally capable of reading the generic codes set by the engine management computer(s) as these are the minimum that must be readable by generic scanners. But, in order to read all of the Prius computers a more capable scanner is required. Unfortunately, this costs more. You also need to decide whether you want to have a compact hand-held or are happy to use a laptop based solution. For the latter there is an OBDII –> USB cable/dongle called VxDiag VCX Nano for Toyota that works very well and is reasonably cheap if you already have an old laptop you can dedicate to a diagnostic laptop. Otherwise it is buyer beware, and make sure the scanner you get is capable of reading all computers, can access the freeze frame data (FFD) and if it can access live data is a very good feature too. For all this capability you have to acknowledge to need to pay something.
  12. The warning lights only serve to tell the driver there are errors/problems detected by the system indicated by the lights and have set DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes). In your case the ECB, and VSC systems. There could be 101 possibilities, so you need to have the codes read to pinpoint where the problem is. Once you have the codes, if you tell us what they are, we can help you further.
  13. So, by this, do you mean Bridgestone changed the engine mounts and used their brand rather than Toyota OEM mounts?
  14. One thing to remember about the Climate Control, is that you get best effect when all vents are open. You should also ensure that all vents are not directed toward the driver or passenger. I make sure my centre vents are directed upwards and straight ahead (through the gap between the seats) and the side ones upwards and directed to the gap between the seat and the pillar. I then just use the temperature control on the steering wheel to make adjustments. I generally aim for a setting between 18ºC and 22ºC If it is getting too warm, 0.5ºC down, if it is too cool, 0.5ºC up. I very seldom have to be adjusting it. I also only use the the temperature as a reference point, in that if it is 22º I don't expect that the car will actually be 22º, but rather somewhere in that vicinity. When using the Climate Control, A/C is always on, Recirc on (except for clearing the windscreen on cold mornings – not often here), and AUTO on. Never have problems with it and never have to fuss with it. I control it solely using the On/Off and Temp Up/Temp Down buttons on the steering wheel. I get (on average) 61 MPG (UK) or 4.6 L/100 km, so doesn't affect FE.