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Joseph D last won the day on October 13 2015

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  1. In the absence of the "B" mode going down a long descent there would be brake fade, and especially if the battery become full. With nowhere to put the energy being generated, the only option would be the hydraulic brakes. That is why the "B" mode exists. The engine and electric motors are always operating working together in synergy. When you are using "B" mode the engine will be involved. You just might not be aware of it because in town or other slow speed scenarios you will not necessarily hear it and you will not see it on the displays as it will not be fuelled. But the im
  2. While I agree with most of what you have said I do not quite agree with this part: I don't know it something has changed in later models of hybrids, but in the earlier models it is not a mechanism for emergency use. It was most definitely implemented to prevent exactly the situation you described except as a preemptive tool rather than a reactive emergency measure. By engaging "B" in a descent it allows you to keep the car from running away without applying the brakes, or using very little of the brakes thus avoiding brake fade as a result of overheating. Out of interest, how is
  3. Where did you hear that? It actually is Brake. Reinforcing what Catlover and Tony HSD have already said, I'll add the folllowing. While the second part of your statement is correct, the first part is actually the opposite of what happens. The idea of B is to reduce the amount of charge into the battery so it takes longer to fill going down steep grades. The extra braking come from the engine (ICE) being reconfigured to provide a higher level of engine braking. I would only use B for any grade descent where the battery was not totally full before reaching the bottom. I can
  4. The nice Gen 2s were 2006 - 2009, the post facelift MYs.
  5. Select 'English' from the drop down menu at the top right of the page. (Click on image to see full-size image)
  6. Reads like non-English text translated via Google translate.
  7. I'm sure the OP has got the problem sorted in the intervening 12 years since he posted and seeing as it was his one and only post. In all likelihood, the kind brother-in-law has rendered the mechanical mechanism U/S, hence the mechanical (physical) key is no longer a viable option.
  8. Investigate what is going on with the hatch latch and fix it. It would be cheaper than replacing two, going on three, batteries.
  9. Once again, what might work on your 2019 Gen 4 does not work on a Gen 2. For one thing, you can only use the physical key (if that's what you mean) on the driver's door. There are no key barrels on any other door or the hatch. Secondly, if you use the physical key, it will only lock/unlock the driver's door. You use the switch on the inside of the driver's door to lock/unlock the other doors and the hatch. All this assuming the fob does not work.
  10. This a Gen 2 which does not have the auto lock. The best compromise is to lock the car with the remote (or use the door handle buttons if it has SKS). If any of the doors, or the hatch, is not closed properly the car will not lock giving you the clue to check the doors.
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    It is just space. If you have the 6-CD changer there are 6 LEDs just below the CD slot to show which of the CDs is currently playing. Otherwise it is just 35 mm of space.
  12. Absolutely agree with you in regards to hilly terrain and I, too, mostly navigate hills, particularly if they are of the steeper variety, without the aid of the CC. There is one climb of some length and has a reasonable gradient, too, that I do use on CC. The nature of the hill is such that it is just not possible to do better manually. However the decent of that same hill is a lot steeper and I have to take the CC off as you need to brake to stop the car running away. Around town, for sure, it is at times hard to use CC particularly when it is busy and you have cars in front. But nev
  13. I disagree with both statements. I use CC all the time off the motorway. I find it especially useful in the the city and suburbs to maintain 30 and 45 MPH, where practical. it is not useful in 20 MPH slow zones though as the Prius CC cannot be use under 23 MPH. About the second statement, you have to be a very good hypermiler to do better than the CC on a motorway run, and I'm talking about the long game here, not just a 10 - 20 mile run.
  14. After working on the brakes and before making the car IG-ON or READY, you need to press the brake pedal three or four times until you have firm pressure. Then after making the car IG-ON or READY, if you then have any brake related warning lights, you need to clear any codes and then scan it again. If the system remains clear of codes you're all set. If any brake codes reset, you need to investigate further.
  15. In the UK, the headlight levelling in the Gen 2 is by way of a manually operated wheel on the lower panel to the right. The lights on the Gen 2 are halogen. In the US the auto levelling system is mandated for HID headlights, similar to the EU regulations for HID/LED headlights.
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