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  1. Forgot to say, it's a black box and be careful handling it, capacitors, if charged, can give you quite a shock. Not life threatening, unless you have a heart problem or a pacemaker, but like touching a HT spark plug lead when the engine is running.


  2. From this website:

    The Brake Control Power Supply Assembly (Capacitor) provides auxiliary power for brake control when an auxiliary Battery (12 V) voltage drops.

    So it looks like you will be ok for now as long as your 12v Battery doesn't go low, but it needs addressing ASAP.

    I don't know for sure if this is the one, but there is a big capacitor next to the 12v Battery, maybe try cleaning the connections or substituting this with one from a breakers ?


  3. 4 hours ago, furtula said:

    This one does not work. What for you is an ample amount of space for safety reasons, for someone else is a free spot.

    True, I must admit I spend very little time on motorways, they are a bit claustrophobic these days with the volume of traffic and I avoid them if at all possible. Having only done 10,600 mainly A-road and city miles in 4 years, I don't have a single stone chip on mine yet (touches wood). 

    PS. I have the G3 Paint  protection on mine, I don't know if that helps it.

  4. 16 hours ago, Zekedog21 said:

    Yes it goes to n and will move

    What I was wondering is if the pawl is not engaged when in "P" I meant can you move when it in "P" ? 

  5. First thing that came to my mind when you mentioned P-Lock is the parking pawl. Can you move the car when you take the manual (foot operated) parking brake off ?

  6. On 1/24/2020 at 2:16 PM, HSDish said:

    Does anyone know how effective Solarcell roof / Sunpak on Prius PHEV 2017 is ?

    How much energy can be saved to the battery?

    How far can you drive (approximate) at energy saved from the solarcellroof?


    Im living in Sweden and at my place we have about 3 months 0f +2 C and below., about 4 months with +10 c and below, about 2 months with +10-20 C and just about 3 months with 20 c and warrmer..

    The sunny weather for about/average 1 hour a day for 2 months , 2 h/d for 2 months, 3 h/d for 2 month, 5 h/d for 2 months, and 8 h/d for about 4 months

    Rain or snow about/average 1mm a day for 2months, 2mm/d for 5 months and for about 3mm/d for 5 moths.

    Not very effective I'd guess based on this: 2017 plug in

    But apparently they're now testing a more efficient one here: 2019 plug in

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  7. On 12/7/2019 at 9:49 PM, PeteB said:

    I think the idea is that having it in the car means the A/C is likely to be on if it's very hot, so the HV battery cooling system sucks in cooler air than it would from the outside.

    And the same in winter, with the heating on the Battery gets up to it's optimum operating temperature quicker, taking warm air from the cabin.

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  8. 19 hours ago, Ogg said:

    No unfortunately not, we did get a spare with the car but my wife lost it months ago. I have made sure it is not in the car. 👍🏻

    Could it be lost in the house, down the back of the sofa, in a handbag etc. or somewhere where the buttons are getting pressed ?

    There was an instance of a Gen 4 locking/unlocking on it's own, turned out to be one faulty door lock.


  9. When SWMBO had her Gen 2 one stolen we didn't even bother with insurance, her excess is £250 and the subsequent probable rise in premiums for the next 3-5 years makes it not worthwhile claiming. The replacement CAT cost her £800 fitted and warranted, at the dealers. It was an aftermarket CAT they sourced, not a Toyota one, so no waiting for parts, it was back on the road the next day. I can understand why they upped the premium David, two claims for the same thing means you're a high risk, but the amount they increased it by is ridiculous.  Insurance is a big rip off these days, if you claim they claw it back with ridiculous increases in premiums.

  10. 4 hours ago, Geoff P said:

    I cannot believe that there is not some to fix it in such a way to make it very difficult to remove - hardened steel bars around the cat bolted through the bodywork accessible only from inside the car,  the cat in a steel shroud, again only accessible from inside the car with a fan system to keep it cool if needed, - an alarm system fitted to the cat or removing the cat destroying it unless it is done in a particular way.  Best answer of course is 50k volts through the thing but that would put you in prison for not allowing it to be stolen and injuring/killing the thief!

    just wire it directly to the HV battery 😁


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  11. 6 hours ago, Mick F said:

    I wouldn't worry in the slightest.

    We left a car under a canvass sheet for years.  Charged the battery, and it ran no problem.

    I leave petrol in the lawnmower all winter and in the spring it starts within two or three pulls.  Never had an issue and I've been using petrol lawnmowers for twenty odd years.

    Ditto the chainsaw, the hedgetrimmer and the leaf blower.  Just been using the leaf blower for the first time since last autumn. Started second pull.

    I my opinion and experience, petrol doesn't "go off" at all.


    Thanks for that Mick, Google produces some scary results sometimes, mostly from the US, I guess their petrol is not as refined as ours. They seem to blame the ethanol content, claiming stuff grows in it. 😯 

    I must admit I've never had a problem with the lawn mower, it's always started first tug after leaving it 4-5 months over winter.

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  12. I'm probably getting about 10 miles per £, so the plug in would cost a third. I would be worried about the petrol going stale in the tank due to my low mileage, I only fill up once every 4-5 weeks as it is, I think I read somewhere it goes off after 3-4 weeks in warm summer temperatures.