Disappointed in Prius.... Any Advice for me?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Fuel Economy' started by Joe Wall, Jan 23, 2019.

  1. douglasjre

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    Nitrogen: I raced Championship Cup Series (race lic #51) in the southeast region. Nitrogen existed. We didn't use it. I now teach advanced motorcycle classes on the racetrack. Racers still don't and neither do I
     
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    If you are going to replace the engine air filter, go ahead and do the MAS cleaner, and Throttle body cleaner as well. Get a old cotton t-shirt and wipe the area around the engine air filter. Since you are talking about farm dust, there's almost certain to br a very fine coating of 'atmosphere' that got thru the existing filter, and will have deposited an almost invisible layer around the filter housing.
     
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    Be careful with the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor: use only a MAF specified cleaner. CRC makes one, and I think the have posted a video on how to use it. The MAF sensor is very fragile. And expensive.

    If cleaning the throttle body, use a carb cleaner, and don't spray directly: spray on a cloth or Q-Tips and clean that way.
     
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    If your parking space has access to an electrical outlet, get an engine block heater.
    Engine Block Heater for 2004-2009 Toyota Prius - PriusChat Shop

    Be sure to install a timer at the outlet so it comes on for an hour (or however long it needs to be to warm the engine block) before you have to leave the next morning. A reminder of some sort (big sign on your steering wheel), to remind you NOT to drive away before unplugging the engine block extension cord.

    I imagine this would have an immediate improvement in for your Winter MPG.
     
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    It just had new tires put on it as well.
     
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  7. Joe Wall

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    Would this work? Gonna install the filter and before I go to medical school and do an oil change

    Amazon.com: Buying Choices: Toyota Genuine Parts 17801-21040 Air Filter Element
     
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    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    That fits a 2009 Prius!
     
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    Good I have a 2009 Prius
     
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    I wonder how the OP's air filter mpg journey turned out?
     
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