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  1. Happy Birthday Terry953!

  2. There's a moral here Chris. There are many reasons for parking by reversing into your chosen bay. You are fortunate to get the sympathy of your dealers and a freebie fix
  3. Are your figures accurate tankful to tankful quanities and calculated with the mileage done or taken from the on board computer? I have found the computer readouts to be very optimistic, like my latest from my New Icon 60.xx MPG on the computer - 56.xx MPG from calculations [verified by Fuelly] So be realistic and subtract around 4-6 Mpg from the computer - Sorry.
  4. It's good to know this.With the fixed gear planetary system, and the HV battery can still be charged by the ICE when in neutral, how exactly does neutral work? Time to look on google (other search engines are available). Just remembered another happening with my new Icon the other month in the cold weather. I was sitting in the stationary car [obviously in 'P'] but electrics ON playing about with this wretched Toyota touch system radio Dab+AM+FM thingy trying to get the stations sorted out and tuned. All of a sudden the touch screen went blank and a notice came up saying something like 'Engine starting to prevent battery discharging" and without more ado it did. After the initial shock it was actually an assett as the heater fired up and it became nice and warm as I battled with the thingy. Initially In this instance I presumed the battery it was referring to was the 12volt auxiliary battery, but thinking on further I seem to recall that the HV inverter system has a role in charging the auxiliary battery, anyway whatever the system is I have absolute confidence in Toyota R&D sorting out all possibilities of battery discharge and looking after us like guardian angels - apart that is, from punctures and spare wheels. Cheers TerryB
  5. johalawreei said :--- It is worth mentioning that when the Prius (or other Toyota hybrid) is in N, the HV battery cannot be charged. Which may be a consideration when using N while stationary and the HV battery SOC is low. My experience in a mega traffic jam a couple of years ago was to creep forward - stop - apply H/brake - swith to 'N' and wait. I kept an eagle eye on the HV battery state, and of course it sunk down and down !! I decided to tough it out and see what happened. All of a sudden [whilst still in 'N'] the electrics overrode the status quo and the engine started up and charged the HV battery. When you think about it , Toyota R&D would have sussed this out ages ago. If you doubt this try it for yourself then you can be reassured you won't get stranded in jams. This was my MkI Auris HSD but I don't see any reason to modify the feature on later systems. TerryB
  6. Absolutely correct Sagitar, you ain't going to get one and Toyota are not about to male a european version. This is where Honda HUM [Honda-UK-Manufacturing] came unstuck in UK, our Swindon factory only manufacture for the european market and that has gone dead flat, hence the lay-offs and reduced production.
  7. No Pete, apparently not, re the 15 versus 17" wheels... the wheels are the same, but the tyres are different, according to the supplying dealer of my Prius....he had wheels but no tyres for 15" wheels, but as the rolling radius should be the same, it confuses me...??? sorry to not recall your "lack of spare space" post, but it is the passing of time cheers barrycoll I must admit that it confuses me too. I have both 15" and 17" wheels for my T Spirit. The wheel and tyre combination (15" with 195/65 or 17" with 215/45) is such that the peripheral diameter is essentially the same. Likewise for the space saver which is a 16" wheel with a 135/80 tyre. They are all well within the 2.5% diameter difference limit that manufacturers recommend. I have never even considered the possibility of needing two space savers . . . . Lets look at your figures first = (15" with 195/65 or 17" with 215/45) 15” is the diameter of the wheel rim in inches. [or the diameter of the tyre bead where it fits onto the rim\ inside diameter] 195 is the width of the tyre at the widest place when fitted to the rim in millimetres. 65 is the profile % calculated from the tyre width [195mm] In other words the tyre is 65% of 195mm measured radially from the wheel rim, so is a High Profile tyre. This sort of tyre looks like the old doughy crossply tyres with a deep measurement from rim to tread [the radial depth]. Next 17” is the rim diameter in inches. 215 the width of the tyre ay the widest part [215mm] 45 in the profile %. In other words the tyre is 45% of 215mm measured radially from the wheel rim, and is classed as a Low Profile tyre. This sort of tyre is noticeably thinner in height from rim to tread than the other. However the Overall Diameter of the two tyre/wheel assemblies if place side by side are about the same. This is what matters not the wheel diameters. You could do that or work it out arithmetically, or compare the overall outside diameters by using a tape measure. Hope this helps Cheers TerryB
  8. Optiflex said :-- "This bit of illogical design irks me as well. I drove a Yaris Hybrid last week and was pleased to find that it had the P as the end position on the gear lever." That's good news, Common Sense is creeping in, another of my irksome problems is the unergonomical directions you have to move the gear selector = Forward for Reverse travel and Backwards for Forwards travel , don't suppose they sorted that at the same time? He also said :-- "Interestingly, I use the parking brake instead of P position when I am driving my wife's automatic Polo but that has a real handbrake so it feels more natural." Which brings us back to barrycol's original topic - Apologies for trampling all over your topic mate. I think this sop to American design tradition [the foot operated parking brake] is at the bottom of this dilemma. Give drivers a proper HAND parking brake in the first place and most will adapt naturally to it from previous experience, and wouldn't even look for an easier option.
  9. Check this one out chaps, just stumbled across it.! According to wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parking_pawl Quote:Most vehicle manufacturers and auto mechanics do not recommend using the transmission's parking pawl as the sole means of securing a parked vehicle, instead recommending it should only be engaged after first applying the vehicle's parking brake. Constant use of only the parking pawl, especially when parking on a steep incline, means that driveline components, and transmission internals, are kept constantly under stress, and can cause wear and eventual failure of the parking pawl or transmission linkage. The pawl might also fail or break if the vehicle is pushed with sufficient force, if the parking brake is not firmly engaged. Replacement can be an expensive operation since it generally requires removing the transmission from the car. It is highly inadvisable to use the parking pawl to stop a vehicle in motion. Modern parking pawls are connected to a safety mechanism that prevents the pawl from engaging unless the vehicle is stopped first. The pawl mechanism is generally not strong enough to stop a vehicle in motion, if it engages at all. Under that much stress, the pawl may simply break off in the transmission, leading to costly repairs.
  10. Isn't that difficult to achieve, given that the car automatically engages "Park" when switched off at the Power switch?Sorry chaps got this one a bit mixed up. I meant not to use 'P' at a temporary hill stop like traffic lights or road junction. As far as I'm concerned the 'P' button is redundant as you say it is engaged automatically when switching the Power off. Some of these comments are cringe worthy , but I respect everyones choice to do one's own thing. One last question, why have a separate 'P' button anyway ? most of the types of mechanical autos have 'P' as just another position on the 'gear' selector along with D-N-R-D1.......... Be interesting to know what a DSA examiner would expect to see if a Hybrid was presented as a driving test vehicle under the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) regulations. Do we have any such people as members?
  11. Absolutely the Definitive and Correct procedure 'barrycoll' but you have missed comment on one other very important issue as has r04drunner1 [Respecting your IAM involvement] that must be considered, and that is the dangerous and potentially damaging practice being recommended on this and others threads of using 'P' instead of the Hand /Parking Brake when temporarily stopped at traffic lights etc. Operating 'P' engages a mechanical sprag [lever] that locks into the transmission mechanically, effectively immobilising the car. OK so-far, no brake lights to annoy others, the inertia effect of your foot coming off the foot brake is avoided, but what happens when you do get tail ended? The only thing stopping you being catapulted into traffic is your mechanically jammed up transmission which will take all the brunt of the force from the impact which it is not made to do - Result a very mangled transmission and an expensive repair will be required. I contend therefore that 'P' should only be only used for permanent parking, certainly not hill parking. Long stops at traffic lights etc = Hand /Parking Brake applied - Transmission in 'N' Short stops at traffic lights etc = Hand /Parking Brake applied - Transmission left in 'D' but this has a detrimental effect of the HV battery being put under stress as it tries to move the braked car, but OK for very short periods. Comments from our two AIM members would be interesting. Oh! to keep on topic I would advise that I have never found the need to use the Hill Start Assist feature on my Auris Icon [Yes it has got one] or got into any difficulty with my first Auris Hybrid [Which didn't have one anyway!] Is this a feature left over from the American specs to cope with hills like in San Fransico ??
  12. Had a similar situation a few years back, hitting a kerb and puncturing the front L/H tyre. Put the space saver on and found it nightmare to drive - steering all over the place etc - this certainly makes you keep your speed down. However I'de had enough of this and the next lay-by I pulled in and swapped the space saver with a rear wheel. This made things much better & safer, so I strongly recommend doing the above if you get punctured on the front, that is if you have a spare wheel - on my modern Auris I don't !!!!! But that is another nightmare I've yet to enjoy!! Good tip on the phone number though.
  13. Have a look at this :--- http://www.toyotaownersclub.com/forums/topic/119257-tire-temporary-mobility-restoration-kit/ There is another thread somewhere but I can't pin it down just now - Some sort of rumour that Toyota are sorting out a space saver spare wheel as an accessory, due out May ??? - for Auris Icons and presumably the others in the new range.
  14. Yes and it hasn't happened since that I know of [6 years ago, a mega one off] despite all the extra cash you've spent on quality fuel ?? since then trying to avoid a repetition. Still like I say the choice is yours, but hey! have you noticed any discernible performance improvements since 2007 ?