Re: Too much time on my hands
- If you have too much time, why not swap engine yourself?
Should be about 3 full days work, or 2 weeks of most evenings.
Of course you need to be a little mechanically inclined,
but if you disconnect and hoist out the complete engine+transaxle
(including motors and diff) and hoist in the new, then re-connect
all wires (connectors) and hoses, that should be the essence of it.
Just take your time, make notes / pics and if all else fails, have
a service manual that you can consult or a nearby 2002 that you
can verify if you are putting yours back together properly.
There is not *that* much mechanics involved and even the tools
needed are pretty limited (ratchet with extensions and sockets plus
some pliers and basic screwdrivers)
Originally I had the wild plan to swap engine in a parking lot
next to the van holding my replacement engine, but I reconsidered
that I don't want my Prius open to elements and thieves overnight,
so I am swapping in my own garage after buying a couple 2x4 to
reinforce an overhead beam, from which I suspended the ratchet-hoist
(AKA Come-along) to raise and lower the engine (I push my Prius
around after hoisting the engine onto / from a pallet and I borrowed
a pallet jack from work for a weekend to swap the two engines on
crate in my garage, to hoist the new engine into the Prius.
It is waiting for my return, then I will reconnect all wires and
hoses, put fluids back in and cross my fingers.
I did recharge the aux and main battery pack since those were also
drained to the point of no response when I bought this vehicle from
the second hand car shop.
If you live near Silicon Valley then we could hook up if you are
interested in doing this yourself.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Kyle Davis <kylesnow@...> wrote:
> With the prius in the shop,
> I've had a lot of time on my hands.
> So, fun and games with excel while car shopping.
> Prius (2007 and older)
> Still kicks the pants off of everything in terms of cheapest cost per mile of gasoline powered cars with the exception of one that isn't made anymore.
> Most expensive of the "economy" models in comparison was, oddly enough, the HHR e85 model.
> Which car beat our beloved prius?
> The 93 geo metro.
> Of course, car in the loosest base meaning of the term.
> So, what happened to my beloved 02 prius?
> It overheated.
> Toyota dealership I used to trust wanted 3500 to put in a used engine.
> Independent guy who said he could do the work has been less impressive with it than I would have hoped. He's had the car for over a month, and the only thing he appears to have done was drain the rest of the hybrid battery and my patience.
> I could provide the spreadsheet for those of you interested in the stats, but first things first in my math, here is what I have assumed:
> Diesel fuel is a $00.50 difference from regular unleaded per gallon.
> E85 is $1.00 cheaper per gallon.
> EPA mpg figures from 2007 were accurate, for sake of comparing similar vintage models.
> EPA mpg figures from 2008 are accurate. Mainly, because you can't fight with, reason with, or argue with governmental entities. That's a bit like teaching a pig to sing.
> 02 prius
> Gathering dust in the shop.