Re: [toyota-prius] Re: RX 400H being sold soon
- If you have a remote FOB like on the Prius, just walking by several times a day will cause your interior lights to come and then go off. That's something that I noticed when I wash the car. I leave the key inside the house so that the interior lights or the locks don't unlock and lock each time that I approach the car or touch a door handle.
That's another reason that I could see for the 12v battery to go dead.
----- Original Message ----
From: dldorrance <dldorrance@...>
Sent: Saturday, December 2, 2006 11:27:15 AM
Subject: [toyota-prius] Re: RX 400H being sold soon
--- In toyota-prius@ yahoogroups. com, "Lance" <lancerhoads@ ...> wrote:
> I just had to replace the aux battery for the second time on the
> rx400h, I am pissed ! its only 7 mos old with 11k miles on it. Service
> sayz I dont drive enuf. The last time the truck sat for only 4 days
> and it was dead. they are nice about it sending someone out but now my
> wife refuses to drive it lest it dies on her. I dont think we'll be
> keeping it much longer. it's to nice to park at work and get dinged up
> and its not as good on gas as they say. It is an awesome drive and
> very fast. but it doesnt do as advertised. Lance
While I am not an rx400h driver; I drive a Prius. But since both are
Toyota hybrids you might consider the following.
First about the battery(s). Since the 12 volt battery in a hybrid is
not needed to actuate a starter motor, there is no need for a standard
large capacity battery. So a lighter duty battery seems reasonable
in a hybrid ...except modern cars seem to use automatic door opening
features, which use the 12 volt battery 24/7 waiting to receive a
signal that you have pressed the FOB to open the door. This continual
use of battery power is called "parasitic currents".
Parasitic currents will drain any size battery, given enough time.
With a hybrid with a smaller 12 volt battery this happens faster than
with an traditional (non-hybrid) vehicle which requires the heavy duty
battery for starting the car. However, given sufficient time of
non-use even the traditional car's 12 volt battery will die the slow
death due to parasitic currents.
All this to explain why the service guy said you don't drive enough
(to recharge the 12 volt battery).
What to do short of selling the vehicle? You could drive it more or
you could attach a battery charger to the battery when not in use, or
hook the battery up to a solar cell so it would at least partially
charge during daylight hours. Here is a link to a smart battery charger:
http://www.batteryt ender.com/ default.php? cPath=11_ 3
If you look around you may be able to buy one cheaper.
Small solar panels are sold on eBay.
Second, you mentioned your hybrid does does not get the gas mileage
advertised. Again, before selling it you might want to read this post
on how to maximize gas mileage on a Toyota hybrid:
http://autos. groups.yahoo. com/group/ toyota-prius/ message/97299
Dave '01 Prius
Want to start your own business?
Learn how on Yahoo! Small Business.
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]