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2006 Toyota Prius in Africa

That model of car can't recharge from a charging station. It charges the battery either from braking or by using the petrol engine as a generator. So yes, you should in theory get the 50mpg without a ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

No, this is not possible. The high-voltage (HV) battery is used to start the engine. Remove this battery, and you soon find yourself unable to start the engine. The engine is started by motor-...
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Should I clear Prius ODB-II codes?

The first thing I do when checking any vehicle is to clear the codes, that way I can see what comes back up afterwards. Those are the codes you look to see what issues the car might have. So "...
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Window rolls back down automatically Prius 2010

You need to have your auto-up/down feature reset. It's actually a pretty easy procedure: From the driver's seat, push and hold the offending window's down button. Keep pressing it while the window is ...
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Prius dash board completely off and engine does not shut down

Follow up 10/4/2017 Since the incident reported below, I had the car diagnosed by Toyota and, as expected, they recommend replacing the instrument display unit (5 weeks to get the part and ~$900 in ...
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Toyota Prius Mk2 "gasoline only" operation mode

This is in theory possible, but I have no idea how to implement it in practice. The Prius HSD "Hybrid Synergy Drive" has, at its transmission heart, a planetary gearset with two power inputs: One ...
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How does the Prius (2011) re-ignite the gas engine without causing too much wear on the ignition?

The Prius doesn't start traditionally. It actually has two motors, MG1 and MG2 (MG = Motor Generator.) MG1 replaces a traditional starter motor in the sense that it is responsible for spinning up ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

If you are strictly going by what the manufacturer states as a towing capacity for a vehicle, your vehicle wasn't designed with towing in mind. Looking at this page states the 2016 was the first Prius ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

The payload rating for the 2003 Toyota Prius V is 1047 lbs, so in theory 1000 lbs of extra weight is within tolerance of this vehicles payload. On the other hand, Toyota recommends that you do not tow ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

It's not possible - and it's probably not what you want anyway. My first Prius lasted over 350,000 miles (570,000 km) without any battery maintenance whatsoever. If there were a way to run without ...
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In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity?

Prius Gen4 (2017) apparently can go up to 72 mph with electricity only: https://priuschat.com/threads/what-is-the-max-ev-speed-no-ice.161545/ (message #5). However, that doesn't mean the tiny battery ...
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Pros and cons of driving a vehicle with a misfiring cylinder

I can relate a story from my own experience with my daughter's car. Turns out it had two bad ignition coils that caused the engine to misfire when it was raining. Did she stop when the check engine ...
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How do I remove my license plate bolt?

After advice posted to the comments of this question, I ended up looking at the backside of the bolts to size up the situation by pulling off the hatch paneling (how-to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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2005 Prius-After replacing 12 volt battery, door won't open, but car runs

The battery is probably not the problem... it sounds like the 12V battery charging device (the actual name is DC Converter/Inverter-- it's what priuses are using instead of alternators) is the problem....
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Toyota Prius Mk2 "gasoline only" operation mode

If the battery pack is completely worn out, you cannot use the Prius in a gasoline-only mode, because the high voltage battery pack is the only way the internal combustion engine can be started. There ...
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I have a dead Toyota Prius

Is the battery fine? Charge the 12V battery, which should be in the trunk, but there should be jumper / charging connections under the hood. Toyota uses a shift-by-wire functionality, so putting to ...
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Prius dash board completely off and engine does not shut down

There is a Service Advisory from Toyota on this. I got my combo meter replaced on the 2007 Prius at Toyota's expense. I think there is a time and mileage limit for that. If you are within the limits, ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

It just happened with our company-owned 2011 Prius. We had two drivers (one a trainee) in the vehicle, when a long-distance job came in. The second driver got dropped off at the office, while the ...
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Prius dash board completely off and engine does not shut down

I took my car in to Toyota and it was a bad combo meter they had to hold my car until the new meter came in because the mileage on the car had to match the new meter. They told me it would be around ...
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Toyota Prius Mk2 "gasoline only" operation mode

No, it is not possible At least not without some mechanical modifications. This diagram shows how the Power Split device works. The Prius has two electric engines , Motor Generator 1 (MG2) and Motor ...
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How can I install a battery kill switch in a 2006 Prius?

I think it would be easier to hire an electrician to install an outlet so that a battery tender can be plugged in. Being a condo you will have to get approval. As to the Prius, well, it is a hybrid ...
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How can I install a battery kill switch in a 2006 Prius?

All you need to do is install an inline switch. Something which looks like this: The one in this picture will work for 1000A intermittent, then 175A continuous. 1000A for starting is overkill. 175A ...
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Prius (2nd generation): 12v battery keeps dying

Either something is draining the battery while the vehicle is parked, or it's not being charged back up properly while being driven. To check the charging, use a multimeter set to 20 volts. Check the ...
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Replacing donut spare on 2008 Toyota Prius

A donut spare is usually good for 50 miles at speeds of at most 50 mph. You already did the 30 miles, presumably at about 50 mph because it was highway driving. So you can't expect the donut to last ...
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Gen 2 Prius hesitates ... Is there a problem with the HV Battery?

The graph presented in the image appears somewhat disconcerting, but when one considers the scale of the Y axis, it's not too bad. The text references a voltage difference of 0.07, seven one-...
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How to hand-crank a Toyota Prius engine?

The following is assuming you've checked the oil to ensure it is up to level (even changed it to fresh oil if you feel so spunky). Find the fuse for the fuel injection and pull it. This will prevent ...
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Is there a way to put a 2010 Prius into neutral with the P-Lock engaged

First you should consider how a Prius works. There is no clutch. No torque converter. Instead, there is a planetary gearset. The wheels and motor-generator 2 (MG2) are directly connected to one shaft. ...
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TPMS sensor replacement in 2010 Prius

You must use the Toyota Techstream software on a Windows PC connected to the ODB port on the Prius, via a USB cable. Make a note of the ID numbers for each TPMS sensor. They're hex codes, and in my ...
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2004 Prius needs 5k worth of work. Should I invest in this old car or a new one?

I would seek a second opinion on the battery before spending money on it. It's also very important to be sure that it is the Hybrid Battery as opposed to the standard 12V "Accessory" Battery, which is ...
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How to reuse old Prius fob with different Prius

It seems like my old 2007 Prius fob successfully paired to be able to drive the car but cannot unlock the doors of my 2008 Prius. https://mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/12980/21953 and https://...
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