Hi all, new Prius v owner

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  1. Raytheeagle

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    Drilled rotors on the v:).

    I know there’s a lot of flat open land out there. Looking to see what she can do:whistle:?

    Looks like one well spent this weekend ;).

    Think how satisfying it will be once this is all done(y).
     
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    Ha yep..I wasn't going to go that route but I found the complete R1 Concepts zinc-plated set with ceramic pads for a really good deal ( via Amazon ). :D

    I 'broke them in' this weekend as well. Directions were to speed up to around 55MPH or so and then slam on the brakes 'just enough' so as to not trigger the ABS. And then do it 9 more times! Directions said they could have 'a burning smell' during this procedure...which they did! Luckily nobody else on the road when I was doing this...lord knows what they might have thought! (y)
     
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    Arg...now that my Toyota OEM front brake shim kit has arrived, I went back in to install them and lo and behold one of the caliper pin bolts snapped. Very, very odd as I was using my torque wrench and nothing seemed awry. o_O Needless to say I am going to replace all of the caliper bolts/pins/boots out of paranoia (and the parts are inexpensive (y) ) . Picked up parts this morning....

    One question though...when I did the rear brakes there were just the pads...no 'Toyota shims' at all on there. In poking around a bit it seems like there should be shims on there ( similar to the front brakes ). I'm assuming that you guys do have them? Could someone check? I'm also trying to locate the proper part # for the V...appears to be 04946-47100 (or 04946-47090) ?

    Thanks!
     
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    Well I think I'm finally done with all the things I originally planned on doing. The 'final' items are :
    • Installed the rear brake shim and parking brake kits that arrived last week. No photos...just busy work. All the hard work ( i.e. - cleaning up the horrible state of the original brakes ) were already commented on above.
    • Installed rear shocks. This was a really easy job on the Prius v because it has access panels in the trunk area ( note that our 2010 liftback doesn't have these panels ).
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    Of course, I now have things on the list that I didn't originally plan on doing :
    • Catch Can - next up.
    • Front Struts.
    • Examine the hybrid battery cells to look for dust. The original state of the vehicle was very dirty which I noticed when i replaced the battery early on in this adventure. Any precautions I should take while doing this? Maybe I should install a prolong harness while I'm at it?
    Does anyone know if there is a decent 'quick strut' assembly available for the Prius v (wagon)? These 'quck struts' include springs and are preloaded so in theory the install is just a swap out vs. having to deal with spring loading and such. I'm having a hard time finding a set other than the ultra cheap ones from the Chinese companies....which I'm afraid to use due to the stories of weld failure and such.
     
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    Very likely I'm going to install the Prolong harness to my HV battery pack as well. These batteries are not "smart" batteries. A smart battery would have a BMS (battery management system) built in to make sure each cells are properly charged and not allowed to go above or below their charge levels. Toyota, like Tesla and just everyone else links them in series and there are 168 of them linked in a series in the Prius v. That means any of them can go out of sync and out of balance with the rest of the pack. Causing the pack to be less and less efficient over time. I know my battery is under warranty and any "tampering" can void it. But I also know that it needs proper care and maintenance over time that Toyota is not providing. At least for now it seems. Also I do think that new Toyota NiMH cells are better in performance as mentioned in the PWR Mode post. These are new cells introduced since 2016 but their long term longevity is not real life tested. But for $2k I think may be a good investment. With return of the original pack without the original pack will cost around $4k. Otherwise proper battery maintenance is important over time to get the best MPG. Check your bus bar as well for signs of corrosion. Be safe. I saw a youtube guy handle the entire dismantle process without any rubber gloves. He even got shocked with it and didn't think it was a big deal.
     
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    What part of CA are you located?

    Up here in the Bay Area I share the Prolong equipment with another member;).

    We each have a harness, and the v has the same pack size as the Gen3 and Gen2 :).

    Just one option (y).
     
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    Shim kit for our 2010 regular Prius rear brakes, fwiw:

    04946-47070

    My usual go-to site McGeorge Toyota, doesn't seem to show any shims, for the rear brakes on a Prius v. Also, they're not showing any shims for our 2010, and I know dang well there ARE shims, they're on there, and the Repair Manual shows them. It'd be really nice to cadge a 2012 Prius v Repair Manual pdf, but it could be that boat has sailed, ie: it's all online now, they're no longer maintaining a "book" version. :(
     
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    Check with a dealership too, regarding the shims. I know Honda in recent years has gone to bundling the shims with pads, all in the box.

    Odd though, McGeorge Toyota diagrams don't show them.
     
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    Already installed the shims ( see post above ). (y)

    Also see this post above : Hi all, new Prius v owner | Page 4 | PriusChat . It is a neat cross reference for brake parts for all Toyota vehicles.
     
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    I'm in the LA area. I do plan to buy the entire unit with the discharge feature then really get more familiar with it. In the future I may share it.
     
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    I'm amazed that people are willing to spend that kind of time and money on that system and then put their car out of commission for 3 days while they babysit it. And all of this time and expense when there is literally nothing wrong. Not to mention the risk that all this money and effort will be wasted because the car gets totaled or your transportation needs change or you do it wrong and cause the very problem you were trying to prevent.
     
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    It must blow your mind then that it actually works;).

    Got some data to support your claims:whistle:?

    I’ll be from Missouri: show me(y).
     
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    It's not that there's nothing wrong. It's seeing reduced MPG over time and losing money by burning more gas.

    This article states Toyota will recondition your battery for $750. By owning or sharing a reconditioning system with others you can save money and MPG over time. But this is more for the DIY crowd. 99% of hybrid owners will not want to open the battery compartment and risk losing their warranty. But they can go through Toyota and pay for the service to get their MPG back.

    Why would I want to recondition my hybrid battery pack? | HowStuffWorks

    "Reconditioning the battery in a Toyota Prius not only extends the life of the battery by adding another six years; it also reduces maintenance costs for the owner. At $750, battery reconditioning costs about one-fourth the price of replacing the battery pack entirely."
     
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    I do think the cheap alternative to reconditioning the pack is to regen your car down a long decline where the hybrid battery can get to reach 100% capacity according to the battery bars. I think that would be a good sign that your pack is still capable of going to 100%.
     
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    Gee I didn't think mentioning a Prolong harness would be so controversial. :eek: :giggle: However,I do think the system has been pretty well proven at this point. Heck, they are even marketing a 'pro' version to shops.

    BTW - I ordered some front 'quick struts' with integrated springs ( see this post Hi all, new Prius v owner | Page 4 | PriusChat )...yes the same post with the prolong harness mention. :whistle: In theory this should make it a relatively quick install.
     
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    Not as controversial as oil grade thankfully(y).
     
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    Or Cold Air Intakes and four-tip Titanium 'fart can' exhausts.
     
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    How can we compete with those:rolleyes:.
     
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