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  1. On a Gen 2, the brake system is live even when the key is not in the ignition slot. The brake system pump can activate anytime it notices a drop in pressure, after a short delay on opening the driver's door, or if you press the brake pedal. Bleeding brakes requires a Toyota Intelligent tester or equivalent scan tool and the removal of 2 brake relays when prompted by the Intelligent tester.
  2. Lots of inverter pumps were replaced as part of a recall. I am not sure if the 2007 model was included in the recall but it would be worth checking that there isn't any outstanding recall work due on the car.
  3. PeteB, must be that brake light sensitvity making you cross eyed, LOL. Brake lights have never bothered me. Although I first learnt to drive in the UK, I learnt to drive automatics in North America, and they did not seem to have this problem with brake lights that some or maybe it is many have in the UK. I've always found it curious.
  4. They don't complain about this in any other English speaking country, it seems this sensitivity to brake lights is only a problem for some Brits.
  5. By the way, three minutes at a traffic light is unlikely to drain the HV battery sufficiently to cause a problem, but if you get into the habit of using "neutral" then you may use it in other circumstances such as getting stuck in a traffic jam or waiting to pick-up a passenger.
  6. The Prius Hybrid Drive system is not a conventional automatic in design and "neutral" does not ever disconnect the drive wheels from the transmission. If you leave the car running in "Neutral" for too long you'll need to have the car rescued on a flat-bed truck back to a Toyota dealer.
  7. Thanks. I think your real world figures confirms that my method was reasonable for "napkin" mathematics if not the actual values used. A further thought, why is electricity so expensive compared with petrol, if we take all the taxes off both energy sources, how do they compare?
  8. The 2.2 KW rating is for one hour. To boil the kettle for 1 hour would be 2.2 KW. One KW equals one chargeable unit of energy, let's say approx 20 pence, so to boil a kettle for 2 hours would be 88 pence. A Prius Plug-in has the added Li-ion? battery with a 4.4 KW/hr capacity. The 3.6 KW charger refers to how much power is put into the battery over 1 hour, and approx 1.5 hours to fully charge the 4.4 KW/hr battery. (BTW because we only boil a kettle for about 3 minutes we use a fraction of the 2.2 KW of power)
  9. According to the calculation in the link below it cost 2.5 pence to boil a full kettle at 2013 tariff prices. https://blog.npower.com/2013/02/ever-wondered-how-much-your-appliances-cost-to-run/
  10. Depends on the model. Check the owner's manual to see whether your car has a jump start point in the engine bay.
  11. Maybe Toyota fills the spare with helium?
  12. Yes, It is normal. Worried, no, but to be aware of it, yes, so that one does not freak out when it occurs. The braking system detects a lack of traction, this causes the ECU to switch from regenerative to friction braking, apparently to protect the Hybrid Drive System. The switch takes a fraction of a second but we humans are pretty sensitive to changes in de-acceleration and if our fight/flight mechanism kicks in our perception of time can change such that a fraction of seconds seems a lot longer. With my Prius Gen 2, when braking over manhole covers, it feels like the car "let's go" and becomes floaty. I don't know what the later cars feel like. As there have been recent discussions about tyre pressures above the recommended values, it should be noted that too high a tyre pressure will reduce the tyres contact with the road and therefore loss of traction is more likely to occur.
  13. Heidfirst, thanks. It seems a rather misleading claim to brag that Scotland could get nearly all its domestic supply from wind power. I like the sight of individual, traditional windmills, dotted in the landscape, not so keen on the same when lined along a canal. I don't like the sight of wind farms, lines upon lines of white wind turbines.
  14. According to gov stats and the definition of parish councils, I would estimate there are approx 4500 villages with 2500 or few people within the UK. Apparently, 80% of the population live in Urban areas. Many Urban areas have references to villages because they once were before they merged into the concrete sprawl. The only way I can see renewable being feasible is with hydro, and you need to have the good fortune to live in a place with enough water and mountains to support that. The quote from the Scottish article, "The environment charity said wind power produced the equivalent of 97% of Scotland's household electricity needs." I find it curious when I read that they used the word 'equivalent of'. Why say the equivalent of? Where did a charity get their data, what assumptions did they make, what figures were estimated, etc? Cyker, I didn't know we had any money to build power stations, the UK always seem to use foreign, private investors, with the profit going out of the country and any risk put on the UK tax payer?
  15. In 2011, the population of this village of Wildpoldsried was approx 2,500 with 7 wind turbines, 4 biogas digesters. 190 solar panels on houses, 5 houses heated by geothermo, and 3 small hydro plants. Their energy production was 321%, so they could theoretically support the domestic energy requirements for a population of 8,025. In the UK, our population is approx 65,000,000 so we would need 8099 such villages to supply just the domestic electricity. We would need 56,697 wind turbines, 32,100 biogas digesters, 1,524,750 solar installations, 40,125 geothermo installations, and 24,075 small hydro plants. It does not say if or how many electric cars they could run back in 2011. As this is a village of 2,500, it does not seem very likely that they had any commercial or industrial consumption of power. Whilst it may be good for a few, I don't see how this could work for a large population.
  16. A 2006 Prius, if it was a plug-in it would have to be an after-market DIY. What is meant by dead? The HV battery at 80% (full charge) will get you about a 1 to 1.5 miles of driving. If you have 12V DC from the 12V battery then the car computers will boot up and switch the relays. If the car is dead that means the 12V battery is flat/dead!
  17. Define high speed..... Is it really worth the risk when a easy reverse manoeuvre won't cause any potential damage to the drive system? For the first generation Prius it was 42 mph - example http://eahart.com/prius/psd/ Reversing didn't work for me. I would suggest the correct way to prevent the brakes from seizing is to strip and clean them, this isn't done at a regular service interval because...?
  18. A Motor/Generator would only spin too fast if the vehicle was travelling at high speed. I don't think 30 mph is cause for concern.
  19. As I understand it, the extended warranties are from a UK based financial business and I suspect the small print has more exclusions than the original manufacturer's warranty. Anybody had expensive work done on any Toyota extended warranty or extended HV battery warranty?
  20. You mentioned used parts. A main dealer would probably require some persuading to fit a customer sourced component - if that can be achieved at all? It was not that many years ago that dealers refused to sell customers rims for winter tyres!, or spare wheels and fitting kits for those models that come with the tyre gunk in a can instead of a spare. I don't know anywhere apart from a main dealer with the expertise to fit a HV battery, Inverter or Transaxle - all of these components are connected to High Voltage cables.
  21. Google "Hybrid transaxle failure" and "Hybrid inverter failure". Er, can you find a good (or any) independent Toyota Hybrid specialist?
  22. In my opinion, Toyota relies on most people only knowing and worrying about the HV Battery. :-( Is the HV Battery more eye watering to replace than a Hybrid Transaxle? What about an Inverter? Didn't Toyota have a software fix "recall" to cover up the potential failure of these in the early Gen 3s?
  23. Does the new RAV4 use this technology? http://media.toyota.co.uk/wp-content/files_mf/1319280362GS_450h_pack.pdf The 2-stage gear reduction (or 2-speed automatic gearbox with hydraulics) was a bit of a surprise to me. http://www.aisin-aw.co.jp/en/products/drivetrain/hybrid/
  24. Different technologies, conventional mechanical CVT vs the Hybrid CVT, but in concept I think so. A horrible idea in my opinion to simulate gear changes into a continuously variable transmission but I suspect I am not the target customer.
  25. My 2nd generation hybrid effectively has "two" forward gears, 'D' and 'B', it is delivered by the continuously variable e-CVT by programming. They way I read it, this is just more programming by Toyota to give the illusion of a 6-speed sequential shift.
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