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Everything posted by ernieb

  1. Has your car not got Android Auto or Apple Play? So much easier to connect the phone and use Google or Apple maps?
  2. I do not use the OEM navigation system just too flaky and has the habit of rerouting you through all sorts of mysterious roads, a real magical mystery tour. Just stick to AA and overall happy with the results. I really use Waze which gives you up to date road conditions.
  3. So similar to mine and I’ve been out a rechecked with an old but very serviceable AVO MK 10, pretty well the same as the little, cheap. LED voltmeter.
  4. Philip is more or less correct, I used a granny cable rather than 7.4kW charger. the CTEK chargers are good and I might invest in one myself for the winter to trickle charge the battery.. I do have a Lithium Ion booster in the car which I had on a previous car so will easily start a 2lt ICE but doesn’t need to be that big to boost a HEV/PHEV.
  5. ….. I should have said that the car was charged over night and I’d just disconnected the charge cable when I took these photos.
  6. I decided to check mine this morning and include 2 images. first ACC mode voltage 11.7v Second READY mode voltage 14.3v (immediately on going into READY mode) The 11.7v seems low as we did a 115 miles run a few days ago and then used every day, a few 10 - 15 mile trips.
  7. With the PHEV and a charged traction battery the moment the car is in READY mode the 375v to 12v battery inverter is operational. You can hear it whine is you listen carefully, if you have a 12v accessory voltmeter you should see that the battery is receiving a charge. I think this is true even if the traction battery is at the zero user EV level i.e., 30%.
  8. Almost sounds like a 12v battery problem or poor contact? I use an accessory socket meter which gives a good indication, put the car in accessory mode. loads around: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Thlevel-Charger-Adaptor-Digital-Voltmeter/dp/B08DK689RB/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2HJ5Y0XDW9P8Q&keywords=Car+accessory+voltmeter&qid=1664104739&sprefix=car+accessory+voltmeter%2Caps%2C79&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEzTTdNVFpLQ0syWUNIJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTMyNTA2MkY2VzJQUDNNOU5IMSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTQ1NjU5M09GN1FSTFpLMzY4RyZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
  9. I think the problem is often ‘stage whispers’ by the time the information is passed to the owner through lots of people the original message has been condensed and lost it’s true meaning.
  10. Agreed, even worse is when I’ve parked on my front drive which has a slope and the water is running out of the back of the car. Not so much the RAV but the Isuzu Trooper was sometimes like a stream.
  11. I’ve sat in the Soterra version some time ago, I’m 5’ 11” and found the MID only half viewable. I didn’t drive the car obviously so it might have been OK once on the move. The car seating and general overall look is great but I would be bothered about the steering wheel position until I tried it on the road.
  12. Nick, it’s the old problem of seeing something that’s unaccountable especially if it’s a patch of water, it gets the mind worms turning.
  13. My only experience of a car engine stopping at high speed on a motorway was with a Vauxhall Carlton. It turned out to be a defective relay which in the event of a crash is designed to cut off the fuel supply. This was a problem with a batch of components and caused no end of alarming incidents and some crashes as a result. There were no replacement parts available for some time and I know of a few people who wired out the contacts and used a switch in the cabin to bi pass the problem until they could get a replacement. As an aside I was 4 up on business trip but managed to switch off the ignition select neutral and restart as the road surface had giggled the contacts again. We pulled over and all changed our underwear from our overnight bags.
  14. Sounds about right to me. I can understand the frustration of potential owners but even when a fix is finally announced and the car back in serial production it will take a finite time to get cars down the track and onto boats.
  15. Sorry Nick no idea. It does look like that when I've got into the car and put my foot on the brake peddle to start the car. I've something similar in the past, including other cars, and eventually put it down to me getting into the car and automatically seating myself and settling by putting my foot on the brake, an almost reflex action.
  16. ernieb

    Ev time!

    I’ve found that on a regular route I use that involves about 100 miles of the M1 that setting the cruise control to an actual speed of 60mph (64mph indicated) I get a good balance of travel time and consumption. I’ve tried setting it lower and get better fuel consumption once the ICE has kicked in but get tangled in the heavies too often. At higher speeds the obvious car brick shape hits the consumption significantly and makes generally little difference to the travel time and I’m more often having to manoeuvre and lane change.
  17. Is it a granny cable or a 7kW charger. If it’s the granny cable it should work fine but the 7kW may be overriding the car?
  18. Great information and I’m sure very useful for others who might be making an Eu trip in the near future.
  19. ernieb

    Ev time!

    …..and with the PHEV Rav, which looks like any other Rav, you have 0-60mph of 5.7secs if you really want to make the point. Very much the Hare and the Tortoise and often they put themselves and other drivers at such risk overtaking blind.
  20. ernieb

    Ev time!

    I think that overall Toyota have done an amazing job with hybrid/PHEV technology over the years achieving overall pretty much what the publish unlike many of their competitors.
  21. WD40 dispels water really well for sure. I tend to use it as a default product if I don’t have something that’s specifically designed for the purpose as well as WD silicon spray and a Teflon coating spray I have.
  22. Just be careful with graphite powder it will be very messy if you get it on your cloths or if any is retained on the key and brushes you. This is petroleum based specifically for locks etc. https://www.amazon.co.uk/ABUS-PS88-50ml-Lubricating-Spray/dp/B000Y8P8BY/ref=sr_1_18?adgrpid=62187920823&gclid=CjwKCAjw4JWZBhApEiwAtJUN0Hr_EpxgQLjWV_xX_kPmjtBcANXEgCrWsKVs4L0TsjR-ZVl7qeBfHxoCeW4QAvD_BwE&hvadid=318230581814&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1006912&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=13740461197576948352&hvtargid=kwd-501010456032&hydadcr=29354_1792271&keywords=car+door+lock+lubricant&qid=1663425833&sr=8-18
  23. ernieb

    My T app

    I seem to remember the car Head Unit needs to be set to use the Toyota WiFi system if I had it switched to AA/CP it would not work. I think that’s why I could not originally get mine to work then once that was done it only left trying trace where the system had dumped it, favourites. As I’ve said it’s just not worth the hassle it’s so much easier to use AA, if I need to prepare a route I can do it on my phone before hand and once connected to the car select the destination already set up on the phone.
  24. ernieb

    Ev time!

    PHEV: Once you’ve calculated the overall fuel used then you need to reduce the overall mileage by the amount EV mileage which can be the traction battery plus the recovered, whatever the MyT app gives you a %age of EV distance so what I do is then calculate the difference between the overall miles and the ‘EV’ miles and call that the ICE miles. This I then use to calculate the ICE mpg from the ICE distance and the overall fuel used. Unless I’ve got it totally wrong, whatever, it’s an indication. Example: Total distance 115.7miles Overall mpg 112.1mpg (fuel used 1.03 gals) EV distance 59% (ICE distance 41% = 47.5 miles) ICE mpg 46.1 mpg
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