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Strange sound after shutting engine off

Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by 420benz, Mar 4, 2011.

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  1. 420benz

    420benz New Member

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    Very hard to describe this sound but it is coming from under the hood and lasts for about 10 seconds.
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    Is it a whirring or humming kind of sound? Mine does that, too. I figured it has something to do with the electric motor shutting down.
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    YES. It always had a humming sound,but it is much louder now and lasts longer.
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    Perhaps you are referring to the sound of the pump on the coolant heat storage tank? After you shut off the car, this pump fills the thermos-like tank with hot coolant so that the engine can warm up faster and have lower emissions on the next start.
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    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

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    You should hear a similar sound as you are starting up the Prius for the first time in the morning.
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    Rae Vynn Watch out, I have a degree in BS!

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    If you peruse the Owner's Manual, you will see several entries concerning various sounds that the Prius makes, when the engine is not running/Power is not "ON".

    All of these entries note that "this sound is perfectly normal"
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    JimboPalmer Nadir of Wrongness

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    I have never been "perfectly normal", what's that like?
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    seatown7 Northwest Prius Dork

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    I've heard its quite boring and tedious...;)
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    Rae Vynn Watch out, I have a degree in BS!

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    "Normal" is a setting on a clothes dryer.

    For the rest of us, "Functional" suffices :thumb:
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    Thanks guys. This is a great forum.
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    It could be the sound of the coolant transfer pump failing. A failing one tends to get noisier in cold weather.
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    Where is it located and is it a DIY replacement?
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    It is located near the coolant heat recovery system canister, in the front left wheel well in front of the tire. Replacement could be DIY if you consult techinfo.toyota.com or look up my post about how to replace engine coolant.

    However I wouldn't go to the trouble of replacing the pump just because it is noisy. If no DTC is logged by the engine ECU (which would cause the check engine light to appear), then no worries.
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