introduction to Prius Chat

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by mandichka, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. mandichka

    mandichka Junior Member

    Sep 10, 2011
    Sunny California
    2005 Prius
    Hi. I am new to joining this forum though I have been reading several threads since acquiring a 2005 Prius two months ago from my mom. The car had only 43000 miles on it when I started driving it. (She upgraded to a 2008 Prius w/leather and navigation.)

    I have already put new Costco tires on and increased the tire pressure to 42psi front and 40psi back. I also purchased the stabilizer upgrade which has made the ride stiffer but better on the turns which is great because I drive a lot for work in the hills. I also helped change the transmission fluid and will soon be changing the oil as i want to take good care of this car and do what i can myself.

    That said, i made the mistake yesterday of gong thru an automated car wash in Ready mode in Neutral. I depleted the Nimh battery so much that there was a loud continuous beep, the triangle with the center ! light was on and the display went to 'warning' and showed a red battery icon. I now know what to do after reading several of the threads listed here. Thank you. I just would like to know i didn't harm the Nimh battery too badly? It drove fine after and recharged to 7 bars green. I have not seen this car get fully charged to 8 bars green but i am under the impression that is normal. Please correct me if I'm wrong?

    My other questions are:

    How can i track my own gas mileage? I just filled up and hit the reset button on the energy/consumption display screen. But i'm confused as to how many miles it tracks before resetting. I believe it's resetting before i have to fill up again so do i just add the two readings and divide by 11.9 (as in gallons per tank)?

    And then where is the best place to get a hitch and bike rack? I did some reading here. Aside from carrying my bike, i'd also like to protect the back bumper from dings and scrapes as here in the city, bumper bumping is commonplace.

    And that's it for now, though its a lot i know. I guess i had more to say than i realized. Thanks for all the useful information.

  2. bisco

    bisco cookie crumbler

    May 11, 2005
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Plug-in Base
    welcome to priuschat amanda! you can't damage the battery, the computers won't let you. not to worry. you're correct about the bars, it's completely dependent on the type of driving you do. the odometer should not reset itself until you fill up. if you were not mistaken, you may need to have it looked at. but i would wait a few tanks to be sure. just keep a running total of mileage and gas added. that's the best and most accurate way to get a running average. the more you drive, the more accurate it will be. all the best!
  3. F8L

    F8L Protecting Habitat & AG Lands

    Aug 14, 2006
    Sacramento, CA.
    2013 Chevy Volt
    Welcome to the forum, Amanda.

    On a 2005 you do not need to manually reset the MPG indicator. It will do it after every refill. It sometimes takes a mile or so to reset so I do it manually for accuracy but you don't have to. It should not be resetting itself except only after a refill. A refill constitutes more than 3 gallons of fuel. If it is then there is a problem with the system and you should have it checked out.