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#125 of 186 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone?
Nov 01, 2009 (8:40 pm)
Anyone have problems with the break. when you break it feels like its excellrating times? This car is only a couple of weeks old. Ant responses much appreciated. Thanks
#126 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [caulie]
Nov 02, 2009 (7:30 am)
You 'break' glass, you 'brake' a car to slow it down.
It's a brand new vehicle, take it back to the dealership, that's what the warranty if for so you don't have to waste your time on problems.
#127 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [caulie]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 02, 2009 (7:31 am)
Sounds like you aren't used to the CVT type of transmission they use. They feel quite different than regular automatics.
#128 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [kiawah]
Nov 02, 2009 (7:42 am)
I don't know what's with the constant complaints of "brake failure". I HAVE NEVER had ANY problems with the brakes on my '07.
Now that I see the spelling of "brake", I am beginning to wonder about the relative "smartness" of those operators.
Of course, I am aware that most consumers disregard the "Owner's Manual" in lieu of "live and learn", but if I just paid for a (new ) car, I would make damn sure I knew how to operate it. Especially a car that is as fundamentally different in its' drive system.
Perhaps we are witnessing "buyer's remorse", or just plain ignorance.
#129 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [kiawah]
Nov 02, 2009 (12:19 pm)
You know, personally I get really irritated by snide comments in reply emails. I presume nobody has ever fat fingered a keyboard and not realized it until immediately after pressing the send key, and mispelling your boss' name
Anyway, in my O6 HH, nowhere in the manual was it made really clear that when braking, the gas engine will likely shut down and all the engine braking one has learned to appreciate in a regular gas-engine car, will go away. Net result, because you aren't fully depressing the brake pedal, the car will "accelerate" and unless you quickly react you could experience an unplanned, sudden stop.
Likewise, the braking benefits of using the B mode in lieu of Drive, was not emphasized. (Not only does it charge the battery but "engine braking" is restored.
So, let's not assume that the owner's manual is the be all end all of driver education for "new" car owners and anyone who can't find exactly what they need in a manual is stupid. Often I find knowledge from users groups is far more current and clear than any manufacturer's manual.
#130 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [charlesp]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
Nov 02, 2009 (3:18 pm)
B mode is for downhill, not normal driving. I think you just need to get used to the Prius. It feels really weird at first. At least I thought so first few times I drove one. Reminded me of an old Citroen.
#131 of 186 Re: 2010 toyota prius break problems anyone? [charlesp]
Nov 13, 2009 (4:57 pm)
Yes 'B' Mode should not be used in normal day-to-day driving. It's only to be used for engine 'B'raking going down long steep inclines, as specified in the Owner's Manual.
As to the OP's original question about the sense that the vehicle is surging just before the brakes take hold, there are multiple discussions on this over at PriusChat. I frankly don't remember any surging sensation 4 yrs ago when I first took delivery of my 05, But if it's there I've certainly adjusted to it. The braking is as normal as the sun rising now.
In fact I find the brakes a lot better in the Toyota hybrids than most other cars for one very simple reason. When you go to brake a non-hybrid the ICE is still running, still driving the vehicle forward. Braking a non-hybrid requires the operator to overcome the ICE. In the Prius and other Toyota hybrids when the foot comes off the accelerator at ~40 mph and lower the ICE turns off, no forward pull.....sudden stops are more common IMO.
#132 of 186 Toyota Highlander '08 Hybrid Battery Problems
Nov 16, 2009 (1:28 pm)
I have been searching Highlander Battery issues and most that I've seen are from having the vehical sit for extended periods of time. My issue is different. I own a Catering Business and frequently need to work out of the back of my car. I have been a toyota owner for many years and I purchased (Brand New) a Highlander Hybrid in April 2008. The first time the battery went dead was during an event and I was not aware that if you leave the hatchback open that the dome light will killl the 12volt battery after about 30 minutes. I could not figure out the problem until the 12 volt battery repeatedly died on me. After having the car checked several times by my dealership, they reported that the battery was fine. I was agdvised to keep the car in READY mode, thus having the car cycle between the gas engine and the Hybrid Batteries. This seemed to work after a while, but the car has died three times in the past two weeks for as little a thing as leaving the hazzard lights on. Toyota is telling me that I am the only person having this problem! They are replacing the battery right now(as the car died again this morning). Has anyone else had dead battery issues from leaving leaving the hatchback open, door open, hazzard lights on? By the way, I had learned after the first several times to make sure that all interior lights, radio, and anything that might drain the battery were off and unplugged ( IPod charger)!
Thanks for any insight!
#133 of 186 Re: Toyota Highlander '08 Hybrid Battery Problems [partygal]
Nov 16, 2009 (4:58 pm)
I had my Prius' 12V battery run down after leaving the headlights on. I have not had this problem after realizing the battery is just about the size of a motorcycle battery ( tiny ). I do not leave any lights on, or doors open to prevent a reoccurrence of that type of experience..
#134 of 186 Re: Toyota Highlander '08 Hybrid Battery Problems [partygal]
Dec 29, 2009 (5:41 pm)
Did your check engine light shine and the car wouldn't start? This just happened to me, and I wasn't sure if this was a hazard of having a hybrid, or a manufacturer defect. Decided to nap with the kids in the car when we got home, rolled the windows down, and I know I turned the engine off. After you had your battery replaced, has this issue been resolved so far?