How to fit a DEFA Engine Pre-warmer / Engine Block Heater to a Toyota Prius ZVW30 1.8 or similar Toyota engine.
A family studying their genealogy was looking at gravestones in a cemetery. Inscribed on one was , "Here lies Jock McTavish, a soldier and a pious man". "That's just like the Scots, " the father said, "They've put three men in one grave." On Wednesday we paid tribute to three great men in the personage of … Continue reading A Tribute to Ian Baxter, Mr Baxter and Jackie Baxter
With my father convalescing at my sister's house in Sydney, Chikako and I have visited him the last two weeks. So I've had a few more opportunities to see the effect of various hypermiling techniques and tweaks on fuel consumption (FC). On 8/07/2012 I did drove the normal run using cruise control set to 114km/h … Continue reading Canberra to Sydney – Economy Run and Return
We had a bit of a fright a few weeks ago when Dad had what now appears to be a warning shot-across-the-bow heart attack. Without going into detail, Dad realised that something was wrong and immediately called 000. By the time he gave his address (which took a few goes) hung up the phone and … Continue reading The one “Dad story” you are thankful your dad can tell you
The Prius major service occurs at 80,000km. That seems a bit early compared to 90-120,000km major service on my previous cars. One big difference is that I didn't have to replace the water pump and timing belt. The Prius has a timing chain and there's no set interval to replace it, just like old V8s. … Continue reading Best fuel economy mod? Try a major service
Finally. After several weeks of postage (preceded by a month or two of umming and ahhing) I received the DEFA SafeStart engine block heater (EBH) I've been waiting for. To recap, an EBH attaches to the engine and is plugged into the mains. Some designs attach to the oil sump or sit inline to a … Continue reading Prius mods part 3.1 – DEFA Engine Block Heater
When I bought My Red Prius (I really should think of a name) I should have paid more attention to the tyres. As the car had just come off lease, someone realised that they couldn't hand back the car with bald tyres. So they replaced 3, leaving the barely legal OEM tyre on the back … Continue reading Prius mods part 2 – tyres
Barely worth mentioning, but I bought a pair of the trusty Philips BlueVision bulbs for "My Red Prius". Trying to buy H11 bulbs is a nightmare. It was hard enough buying H7 with my old European cars. Apparently the Mazda 3 is using the same bulbs and the plug seems to be a more durable, … Continue reading Prius mods part 1 – Headlamps