Mike J.

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  1. You can probably drive in reverse as far as the fuel tank will allow! You really need to look at the power available. I noticed that the maximum regeneration is around 17kW and this is about 22bhp - I suggest this is the safe limit for the inverter hardware. 22bhp in reverse should be enough for any hill. What is really interesting is "what is the maximum speed attainable in reverse"! Note that old DAF variomatics have raced, but in reverse 'gear'. Will the unwanted Toyota hybrids race this way in 20 years time …. DAF CVT racing
  2. I assume the fluid level remains the same. How do you know the M/C is OK? If the seals are worn, they may let fluid pass, reducing flow to the slave. Also, was it bled using vacuum or pressure devices? My car has to be bled via the old school two person method: one on the clutch pedal and one at the bleed nipple, monitoring air and fluid flow.
  3. If you go on to https://www.toyota-tech.eu, create an account and go to 'owner' and chose 'accessory installation manuals' you will see all that are available for your Toyota. Yaris with actual tow hitch PDF The hybrid has type approval for 50kg on the tow hitch - actual is 16.5kg for bike carrier and the rest for bikes (2).
  4. Just got this from Tesla emailing list - slightly relevant here (electric motor and towing). The Model 3 can now tow - but not much 🙂 Tesla tow hitch
  5. That is wrong information. The battery consists of 20 7.2V cells - DC. The traction MOTOR is AC and the inverter converts the 144V DC to up to 520V AC. Your suggestion regarding using an AVO is not a safe option.
  6. It is a 144V lump. BTW, did you not view the pdf I linked to showing the fitting of a Toyota designed towbar to a Yaris Hybrid?
  7. There is a Toyota designed and supplied tow bar for the Yaris Hybrid, but it is called a "Stand alone bicycle holder" 😉 Check out Toyota installation PDF
  8. Some more info to consider: The traction motor supplies regeneration charging and the other electric motor supplies charging when the petrol engine runs. There is a maximum regeneration figure of around 17kW and this is seen when using cruise control on a steep downhill stretch - given this retardation factor exists solely via the ECU it is probably the maximum value for regen when the brake pedal is used and anything beyond this retardation is via the brakes.
  9. You might be getting confused. It is possible to own a hybrid and also a V8 gas-guzzler - someone like me 🙂 Horses for courses ...
  10. Lots of people only do short journeys - I do a few short journeys per day, each less than 20 miles. If you combine a plugin hybrid with solar panels (and a bright day) your 4kW system will add 12 miles per plugged in hour. Result - pollution free driving. The UK government has this vision of the future - houses with solar panels, plugged in cars charging up via panels or cheap rate electricity, said cars feeding back electricity when demand rises - all this will smooth out electricity generation demands. Check out how Tesla battery farms help electricity grid systems - plugged in cars will do the same in this future.
  11. The Toyota NIMH battery packs are made up from individual cells - the Yaris has 20 in a stack - bigger cars have more. There are places that can open the stacks and just replace the failed items. Search ebay for secondhand tested cells and youtube for how to do it if you are brave enough to diy!
  12. If the drivetrain (incl. battery) is cold, the 20 mph limit kicks in. When the car is fully warm (incl. battery!) the 30 mph limit will re-appear. Lower electric range will also appear with low (battery) temperatures. My average mpg in winter is 50 and 60 in summer. YMMV. The battery temperature is visible using the Android hybrid assistant app. App display
  13. True but, via the torque pro app, I believe the max power drawn is around 1kW. At this rate the traction battery becomes depleted in 10 minutes. You can notice this when parked up in the high summer with aircon on - the engine will fire up after around 10 mins.
  14. Some interesting info on the engine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_7aTQzpIOI
  15. Something which also might change is that the depreciation is around 15p per mile - main dealer purchase to WBAC prices. Three year old car to 6 year old. 15p plus 10p (fuel cost) per mile seems good to me.
  16. Don't forget that these older hybrids pay zero VED!
  17. Also, no belts anywhere, all pumps are electric - steering, water pump and servo. Heater and aircon work when petrol engine is off. Basically, the Toyota hybrids drive like full EVs but without range problems.
  18. I think it only occurs with cars that unlock automatically as you approach ….. …. but what happens if they break into a 'normal' keyless car (with a start button) and use the same key signal boosting system - will our cars start even though the doors have been 'breeched' - windows broken for example?
  19. Computer average is only 51mpg this month - mainly town driving.
  20. My guess is that you haven't got the full details. My warranty says: "Protected part - each mechanical and electrical part of the 'protected vehicle' which is not an 'excluded part' …" "Excluded parts - body, paint, trim, consumables …." Seems fine to me.
  21. When I said 'but not CVT' it was in relation to the exceptions!!!!!! The CVT and electrics are thus covered by default as they are not in the exceptions list.
  22. I took out a Toyota warranty but have not had to use it yet. I got 2 years for the price of one at £354. The actual warranty terms says everything is covered except for the stated exceptions - mainly wear and tear type stuff IIRC, but not CVT or electrics. Warranty provider is Toyota and it is a "Manufacturer equivalent cover ".
  23. A silly video from James May regarding the GRMN: GRMN unboxing Also, if you want the real thing, some are available for around £22K with minimal mileage - check out autotrader.
  24. Okaaaayyy, you referred to an article that refers to 'smart headlights', this thread is for non-smart headlights.
  25. You refer to 'smart headlights', this thread is for non-smart headlights, so you can compare. The smart headlights info is interesting, but I wonder if they cater for the over the hill situation where even dipped lights dazzle. Regarding lighting software, the whole thing (for me) started here: Tesla updates Model 3’s headlights. I wonder if it was a software upgrade?