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Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   09-20-2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
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On a recent mountain trip I did notice another...

On a recent mountain trip I did notice another difference between B and D. When "coasting" down hill in D, if I needed a little boost coming out of a corner or on the uphill side of a dip, the...
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   09-17-2007, 01:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,252
Posted By Stairman
The last dot will start to blink when the gauge...

The last dot will start to blink when the gauge thinks the tank is empty. I find I have about a gallon left at that point. Unless I'm way out in the woods I wait until it starts to blink, then...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   09-17-2007, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,294
Posted By Stairman
The motor doesn't spin in reverse, but it is used...

The motor doesn't spin in reverse, but it is used to generate electricity; thus creating drag. Any electric motor with permanent magnets will act as a generator if you spin the shaft.
Forum: Toyota Prius Technical - Q & A   07-23-2007, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,694
Posted By Stairman
All your glass is safety glass, either tempered...

All your glass is safety glass, either tempered or laminated. The tempered glass has a "bug" on each piece identifying the manufacturer and, probably, the batch. If the glass breaks, and doesn't...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   07-14-2007, 11:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,918
Posted By Stairman
We had a mini van the whole time my kids were...

We had a mini van the whole time my kids were growing up, and I think it's the best option for a family. It's a shame there isn't a hybrid mini van out there, but you do have 3 kids. With 4 (5?) of...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   06-04-2007, 01:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,276
Posted By Stairman
When I killed the battery on my car I plugged in...

When I killed the battery on my car I plugged in my ancient trickle charger which uses lamp cord (#14 wire or less by my guess) to the jumper clip under the hood. The car started right up. I would...
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   06-01-2007, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,471
Posted By Stairman
I would bet that the navigation program is...

I would bet that the navigation program is provided by a GPS companie such as Garmin or TomTom or Magellan. (There are others out there.) Mapquest provides the map data, but each company has its...
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   05-31-2007, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,833
Posted By Stairman
You can jump the battery two ways. If you dig in...

You can jump the battery two ways. If you dig in the trunk to where the battery is you can jump it like any other battery. Toyota also gives you jumper connections under the hood at the fuse block....
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   05-11-2007, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,260
Posted By Stairman
If you search here and on Prius Chat you will...

If you search here and on Prius Chat you will find directions to remove the whole console. IIR it didn't sound too dificult (I haven't done it.) I would certainly try that before I'd pay the dealer...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   03-15-2007, 08:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,502
Posted By Stairman
I went to Mammoth last weekend. Three of us in...

I went to Mammoth last weekend. Three of us in the car for about 500lbs live load, plus light luggage and one pair of skis. At the bottom of the Sherwin Grade, 8 miles of 6% grade for about 2500 ft...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   02-24-2007, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,502
Posted By Stairman
I've made a number of mountain trips, mostly to...

I've made a number of mountain trips, mostly to Mammoth. I've never had trouble keeping up with traffic. Three people plus gear might make some differance, but I don't think that's an issue. Some...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   02-19-2007, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
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Views: 2,631
Posted By Stairman
Is it possible you hit a curb or a pot hole. I...

Is it possible you hit a curb or a pot hole. I lost my left side trim rings to a pot hole. I didn't realize they were gone util I got out of the car, by which time I was 100 miles away.
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   12-26-2006, 01:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,363
Posted By Stairman
Another question about N: If I were to put the...

Another question about N: If I were to put the car in N on a downhill at 60mph, would the system still spin the ICE to protect the electric motor? I never do, but the question crossed my mind...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   12-12-2006, 12:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 24,863
Posted By Stairman
Theoretically you could have a performance...

Theoretically you could have a performance problem on a 7% or 8% grade of 20 or 30 miles. But, on a 7% grade you're climbing 370 feet per mile. I don't know of anywhere in the United States where...
Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   12-07-2006, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,802
Posted By Stairman
It takes a very small current to power up the...

It takes a very small current to power up the car. When I did that I got power as soon as I attached the battery charger, and I only have a trickle charger. As soon as it powers up, the high...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   12-05-2006, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,941
Posted By Stairman
Get the list of parts from the body shop and call...

Get the list of parts from the body shop and call Toyota; one of them is screwing up. Once you know which it is, raise ****. If it's the body shop, Indiana may have a department of Consumer Affairs...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   11-23-2006, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,108
Posted By Stairman
I think you would get in the low 40s or high 30s...

I think you would get in the low 40s or high 30s at 75 to 80. I normally cruise at 75 if traffic allows, and I get 45 to 50 on the average tank. I have never run out a whole tank at 75 though. ...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   11-18-2006, 01:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,413
Posted By Stairman
Assuming that you're not going to scrap your old...

Assuming that you're not going to scrap your old vehicle, the environmental consequences of that purchase will be the same whether you own the vehicle or someone else does. Your old car is probably...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   10-19-2006, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,928
Posted By Stairman
I have driven my '05 a couple of times with...

I have driven my '05 a couple of times with chains on. It drives just like any front wheel drive car with chains. It does have limited ground clearance, so you need to stay out of the deep stuff.
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Forum: Toyota Prius - Technical Chat   10-10-2006, 11:26 AM
Replies: 15
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Views: 5,219
Posted By Stairman
I lost a couple of the rings from banging into a...

I lost a couple of the rings from banging into a curb. I would pay something for two if anyone wants to sell.
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   09-29-2006, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,989
Posted By Stairman
I typically get between 45 and 50. Your mileage...

I typically get between 45 and 50. Your mileage will get a little better as the tires wear a little and the engine breaks in. After that, you can improve your mileage if you are willing to change...
Forum: Toyota Prius Technical - Q & A   09-21-2006, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,333
Posted By Stairman
I would think that one of the advantages of built...

I would think that one of the advantages of built in nav would be that it would mute the sound system when giving directions. My nav software on my PDA/phone will mute the sound if I'm playing an...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   09-07-2006, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,108
Posted By Stairman
I mount my unit on the dash just to the left of...

I mount my unit on the dash just to the left of the MFD. You want it to be where you can see it without taking your eyes off the road too much. I'm using a PDA with a bluetooth GPS, so I use a...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   08-31-2006, 12:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,638
Posted By Stairman
All of this is very unscientific. The original...

All of this is very unscientific. The original question was "Is this typica?" How about a poll open only to those with 2004, 05 cars which have more than 75K on them. Number of repairs and cost of...
Forum: Toyota Prius General Discussion   08-28-2006, 08:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,638
Posted By Stairman
I have about half as many miles on my '05, so I...

I have about half as many miles on my '05, so I can't say if your problems are normal for a higher mileage car; I do think that your dealer's service department is either none to sharp or taking...
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