What do you use for keeping track of your maintenance?

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by SLO Cat Wrangler, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. SLO Cat Wrangler

    SLO Cat Wrangler Junior Member

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    What are people using to keep track of their routine maintenance, tire checks, other important events in your car's life? Do you use a note book with special pages? A Computer application? Online application?


    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  2. Rae Vynn

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    I use the maintenance passport that came with the Prius. It has all the details of what service is needed, and when and a place to record the mileage and date when you did it. what more could you need?

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    Post on USENET?

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  4. SLO Cat Wrangler

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    Hey thanks for the quick responses!

    I like the prius log that comes with the car, but there isn't enough room for things and comments that I like to write like, checked tire pressure, washed car, vacuumed car, found scratch on side of driver door, filled with gas, etc.

    I am thinking of going electronic (maybe excel spread sheet, word doc, or something online), however am not sure that what I create today will be here 10 years from now. I also want to have access to it when I am traveling and I don't have a reliable electronic connection (laptop, cell phone, other wireless device to get to the internet) so I am still thinking about pen and paper solutions. I have tried 8 1/2" x 11" ring binders for my cars in the past, and while these are nice because there is a lot of area to write in, they are also really big and bulky. A half side book would be better or maybe I should make a page in Word and have Kinko's bind them into a small book.

    Hey Bob, I'm not familiar with Usenet. What is this and where can I find out about it?

    Thanks,

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    Pad of paper here.
     
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    The odometer and the owner's manual.
     
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    I use excel. Keep a print of current tanks in car with a grid to record new tanks and other notes on maintenance.

    I set up the scheduled maintenance items with time/mileage intervals. Then when I enter odometer reading in excel, it takes that and the system date and shows how long until <past> the recommended intervals for both miles and time.

    Otherwise, I won't remember all the items.

    PITA to set up the first car, but it works for me.
     
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    How about the Maintenance feature of the MFD Info page. It will trigger a visual reminder of most every concievable maintenace item and a couple custom ones too.
     
  10. okiebutnotfrommuskogee

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    I use a couple of simple spreadsheets. One for maintenance and one for gas purchases and mileage. I have attached each of them in PDF form. I have used these forms for several years and they do what I need to do.
     

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    Me too. A little spiral bound pad that I keep in the center console. I use it as a "Chron File" for my Prius -- a running record of my gas fill-ups, milege, modifications and maintenance.

    Pen and paper. It works.
     
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    I'm using a spreadsheet.

    Right now I'm trying to figure out why my calculated mileage based on miles driven divided by tank refill gallons is so different than the mileage given by the Prius itself.

    Prius says 52.1mpg, but my miles/tank calculation says 44mpg. [​IMG]
     
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    That's what we use ... coupled with the shoe box full of dated receipts.
     
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    Thanks again,

    On my info screen I only see travel info, language, and selections. Where is the maintenance feature? We have an '08 package #2

    Steve
     
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    I looked at your maintenance log - how do you actually balance the tires yourself? Do you have a machine?
     
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    The maintenance screens are included with the Navigation system.
     
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    I use a Vehicle Maintenance logbook which I get at Office Depot.
     
  18. SLO Cat Wrangler

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    I see. So If I don't have the navigation system then I guess I don't have those maintenance screens either right?

    Steve
     
  19. okiebutnotfrommuskogee

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    Cars have been our family's hobby for years. We actually have a computer balancing machine like the one in the tire stores. Put the wheel on, enter info. (wheel width, wheel diameter, position and type of weights), lower the hood. The machine spins the wheel then tells you how much and where to place the weights. We also have a state of the art tire mounting machine to go along with the balancer.:)
     
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    Ahhh! That explains it :) I had wanted on more than one occasion to go out and buy one of these after repeated unsuccessful balancing acts by various tire install establishments... But then I'd need a bigger garage too.
     
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