Hi all, new Prius v owner

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  1. farmecologist

    farmecologist Senior Member

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    Well, I'm resurrecting my thread for the new season. Thank god the winter is over...I have never seen so much snow! Plus, we were smack dab in the middle of the 'polar vortex'. Yes..it got down to nearly -30F....which is unheard up here in Southern MN ). It literally hadn't been that cold in decades.

    I'm happy to say that my zinc coated brake discs survived the winter in great shape! Here is the post from last year with pics when they were new :

    Hi all, new Prius v owner | Page 3 | PriusChat

    They really haven't weathered much,...no visible rust like I always see on the 'cheap' discs. I plan on installing these on our 2012 Hyundai Sonata this year. Our 2010 Prius liftback also has them on the front.

    So the first order of business this year is to replace my Clazzio seat cover bottom that a mouse ate. o_O Luckily, Clazzio was able to special order me the part. More details here :

    Had my first Wth moment - Varmit ate thru seat cover! | PriusChat

    Edit : Just caught another mouse nosing around under the car...up to three now! (y)


    After that...do the normal maintenance stuff and possible do the catch can thing. I may also try a brake bleed. Has anyone done this? I know @NutzAboutBolts has a couple vids on it...but is it necessary? Other than that...not much to do since I did pretty much every conceivable thing last year!

    To catch up , here is a list of all the things I did last year ( details in posts above ) :

    128,009 - OIL CHANGE -
    - Used BG-EPR treatment before oil change.
    - Replaced Engine Air Filter and Cabin Air Filter.
    - Replaced Engine Under Vehicle Splash Covers.
    - Installed Clazzio Seat Covers
    - Replaced 12V Battery
    - Cleaned Hybrid battery Fan
    - Changed Transmission Fluid
    - Changed Engine coolant
    - Changed Inverter Coolant
    128,532 - Changed PCV valve & tube.
    - Changed Spark plugs.
    - EGR cooler removal and cleaning, EGR tube cleaning.
    - Intake manifold removal and cleaning.
    - Rear Brakes ( Zinc plated rotors, new pads ).
    - Front Brakes ( Zinc plated rotors, new pads ).
    130,267 - Rear Shocks
    - Front Strut Assembly
    131,700 - Suspension component torque specs? | Page 3 | PriusChat
    - Replace Front Control Arms
    - Replace Front Steering Knuckles
    - Replace Front Brake Dust Shields
    - Replace Front Hub/Bearing Assemblies
    - Replace Front Tie Rod Ends

    Edit: Made list more clear.
     
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    My list wasn't as long.

    Changed oil.
    Changed wheels.
     
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    Bleeding brakes is good insurance but plenty of people don't do it unless they change a brake caliper or otherwise get into the hydraulic system. If you are talking about the viability of an oil catch can, I would say it can't hurt to reduce the amount of oil that ends up in the intake manifold but it is not likely to reduce oil consumption. If you are cleaning the egr valve and cooler it would be a good time to add a catch can if you wish. And a pvc valve. If you have to buy a new egr valve and cooler because yours can't be adequately cleaned, be prepared for a $250-$450 part. Sometimes they get clogged pretty bad. Toyota Part 25601-37010
     
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    Yep...I have been thru the EGR and intake manifold cleaning process twice..so no worries there (I updated my list above to make that clearer ). I'm still on the fence whether or not the catch can is worth it vs. just cleaning the EGR/intake periodically. I can see why it certainly is 'good' to do though.
     
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    When you look at what it collects, don't think that can be good. Some just collects at the bottom of the intake manifold, but that level seems to stabilize, and I'd speculate the intakes are getting a steady diet of the atomized goop.
     
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    True. I think I'm just rationalizing the fact that I have been lazy on installing it. :D I even have all the parts. The next time in there I'll do it. I think I was obsessing over where to put the bracket too much last summer and due to that never installed it.
     
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    Seasonal Update.

    I ended up not installing the oil catch can. In fact, I did very little work on it this year...other than changing the oil! (y)

    Still no discernible oil consumption to speak of either. Averaging about 42 MPG overall. Not great but not bad either. Frankly, it is a beast to maintain 'glide' vs. our 2010 liftback due to the large weight difference. I'm thinking that is where a lot of the MPG loss comes from.

    I'm wondering if my battery might be getting a bit weak, etc... I'll have to test it this spring. (y)
     
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    Update time. She now has around 160K on the clock. Still no discernible oil consumption. (y)

    I did run into one problem recently. The drivers side door front lock mechanism seems to be 'stuck'. What I mean by this is the motor only engages the lock about 10% of the time. When engaged manually...it does seem to take slightly more pressure...but certainly not much more.

    Any ideas? Maybe I need to get to the mechanism somehow and try lubing it up? I guess it does make some sense that the drivers side front door lock would 'go bad' first...because it gets a lot more action than any of the other doors.

    @Raytheeagle, @Mendel Leisk, I thought I would add you in case you know of anyone we can add that might know ( if you don't have any ideas that is ). (y) Mendel, do you happen to have any diagrams in your maintenance book that shows how to get the panels off the door to expose the lock mechanism?

    Thanks all!
     
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    I'm a little rushed right now, can look for more specific info later. Anyway, here's something about door mirror replacement, which shows how the door panel comes off.
     

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    More front door assembly. This is for regular 3rd gen Prius, hopefully close enough.
     

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    Thanks much! I'll take a look.
     
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    Looks like the second document has door disassembly instructions...and shows the clip locations to remove the door panel. I think I can just remove the panel and try oiling the lock mechanism and/or determine what is causing it to stick.
     
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    Looks like I need to replace the lock actuator.

    Found a great video on Prius V lock actuator replacement....part is on order.

     
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    Well I replaced the actuator and fixed the problem. However, now I have another (small) problem...that I can live with...but it is bugging me. I did a bunch of testing...and the keyless lock isn't working ( i.e. - touch the door handle and the doors lock ). The keyless unlock *does* work. In fact, everything else works great.

    Any ideas? Adding @Raytheeagle and @Mendel Leisk too see if they have any ideas.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Have you tried disconnecting the 12 volt?

    what tests have you run?
     
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    Man !! this thread has gotten a lot of mileage!
    ;)
    Here's an idea . . . check the little button under the steering column .... next to TPM reset. Have the car on ... door closed. Sometimes when pressures get reset - the button gets hit. If no workie .... then ask the service manager at your local shop what it'd cost to repair/replace. That way you'd know the most shocking price scenario.
    good luck !!
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    Every other incantation of locking the door(s) works...except locking the doors via touching the drivers front side door handle. Note that this is the door I replaced the lock actuator on ( see video above ). Very strange....

    I'm not aware of any 'little button' on Gen 3's or Prius v (wagon)'s.
     
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    If it was working before replacing the actuator, and not after replacing, maybe you don't have
    something connected, or completely connected. Check that and for a bent pin.

    What does the tpms reset have to do with the door locks?
     
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    Yep...it certainly must have something to do with the actuator replacement. I have double checked the connections twice now. The odd thing is that the unlock function works ( i.e. - putting your hand in the door handle to engage the unlock sensor ). However, the lock function doesn't work ( i.e. - touching the top left side of the door handle to engage the lock sensor ). All other lock/unlock incantations work great. (y)

    I wonder if it is possible to find a document that describes the electrical path the door unlock sensor takes? Maybe that is in the repair manual ( @Mendel Leisk ) ?

    @Raytheeagle I guess I'll try disconnecting the 12V to see if it 'resets' anything. I wouldn't think that would make a difference...but stranger things have happened! (y)

    Edit: @ASRDogman Here is a discussion for GEN2's where someone fixed the problem by pushing a button under the steering wheel. Good observation @hill!! (y) but unfortunately, GEN3's don't seem to have have this button...

    Smart Key not working | Toyota Prius Forum
     
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