Plugin Charger issues

Discussion in 'Gen 1 Prius Plug-in 2012-2015' started by Mehul, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. retired4999

    retired4999 Prius driver since 2005

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    Can't say I have heard of this problem before.
    Toyota will take care of you!
    Why the dealer is being an a** I do not know, just stupid I guess!
    Good luck!!!
     
  2. BAAA

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    Thanks guys, i am hoping the same.Changing on-board charging system must fix all these problems. I also felt that the car would n't move in EV / ECO mode like the PWR mode (sorry i am a new hybrid user, never had a similar car past in my life). Is it the nature of Prius as a too slow at start and then move on to freeway speed 65MPH gradually? Or wondering if this is related to my faulty new car charging issue.
     
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    From the CA Attorney General's website:

    The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act (beginning with Civil Code section 1790) provides protection for consumers who lease or buy new motor vehicles. The law requires that if the manufacturer or its representative in this state, such as an authorized dealer, is unable to service or repair a new motor vehicle to meet the terms of an express written warranty after a reasonable number of repair attempts, the manufacturer is required promptly to replace the vehicle or return the purchase price to the lessee or buyer. The purchase price that must be returned includes the price paid for manufacturer-installed items and transportation but does not include the price paid for nonmanufacturer items installed by the dealer. The lessee or buyer is completely free to choose whether to accept a replacement or a refund. Whatever the choice, the manufacturer is also responsible to pay for sales or use tax; license, registration, and other official fees; and incidental damages that the lessee or buyer may have incurred such as finance charges, repair, towing, and rental car costs.
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    A special provision, often called the "Lemon Law," helps determine what is a reasonable number of repair attempts for problems that substantially impair the use, value, or safety of the vehicle. The "Lemon Law" applies to these problems if they arise during the first 18 months after the consumer received delivery of the vehicle or within the first 18,000 miles on the odometer, whichever occurs first. During the first 18 months or 18,000 miles, the "Lemon Law" presumes that a manufacturer has had a reasonable number of attempts to repair the vehicle if either (1) The same problem results in a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury if the vehicle is driven and the problem has been subject to repair two or more times by the manufacturer or its agents, and the buyer or lessee has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (2) The same problem has been subject to repair four or more times by the manufacturer or its agents and the buyer has at least once directly notified the manufacturer of the need for the repair of the problem as provided in the warranty or owner's manual or (3) The vehicle is out of service because of the repair of any number of problems by the manufacturer or its agents for a cumulative total of more than 30 days since delivery of the vehicle.​

    It sounds like you've potentially got a vehicle that fits these criteria. And this was a '15? You must have one of the first ones off the assembly line.​
     
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    Excellent, also see the actual linke here oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/lemon
     
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    it is the nature of the prius, that's how you produce high mpg's: low power. power mode gives you the most sensitive pedal feel, but they're all the same power. maybe you should take a new for a test drive to convince yourself that yours is okay.
     
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    Make sure your receptacle is bonded. And you have your electrical grounded. Have you tried other times?
     
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    In ECO or Regular Hybrid Modes, acceleration is slow. But what's really going on is that the accelerator pedal requires more travel. If you depress the accelerator fully to the floor, you'll have the fastest possible acceleration, the same as PWR mode.

    The reason for the slow acceleration is to maximize fuel economy. When you're getting onto the freeway, just press the accelerator down; the car will move, I promise.
     
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    I like the end timer. The car does a quick "taste" of the power available and starts charging a bit early based on the voltage available.
     
  9. TrinaF.

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    BAAA, I am having the same issue. The dealer is sending a new charger, but there is no ETA except "maybe" two weeks out. The part is on backorder. I'm sorry you had to deal with such rudeness. Claremont Toyota in SoCal has been exceptionally friendly with me. So far, anyway.

    As for this timer thing, I have no idea what y'all are talking about! What is this feature????
     
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    You can set a timer to charge your Prius. This is particularly useful if you have Time of Use rates for your electricity. For instance, let's say it's cheaper for you to use electricity between 2am-6am. You could set the timer to start charging at 2am, or complete charging by 6am. Another use for this would be to plug it in but set delayed charging if it's too hot outside, or if you wanted the battery to be warm for the next time you drive it (say the following morning).
     
  11. john1701a

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    The timer assists with battery longevity too. It's better to let the battery rest prior to recharging. That is known as a "cold soak".

    You can delay the recharge until later by using the timer. Just hit the button on the dashboard before plugging in.
     
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    Is the timer actually in the car, or are you talking about something like you would plug your appliances into when you're away from home?
     
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    It's in the car, immediately to the right of the steering wheel on the dash. I've personally never used it though (I did press it by accident once and couldn't figure out why my car wasn't charging lol).
     
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    It's the little clock-with-plug button near the radio power button.
     
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    Make note to self, must read manual... ;-)
     
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    Ah, yes, I know that button. Was wondering what it was. Who has time to read the whole manual?
     
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    You could always wire a timer into the supply circuit.
     
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    it's a tome.
     
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    Why would you bother to do that when there is one built into the car specifically for that purpose.
     
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    Simpler, more reliable.
     
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