A new journey with my 2005 Prius

Discussion in 'General' started by Ophbalance, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear it!
     
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  2. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Another year, 213k miles, and the battery pack is still holding steady. My thermos water pump died two weeks back though. I need to hit up a pull-a-part and snag a replacement next time I'm near one. It doesn't really seem to be here nor there in terms of how it's affecting mileage but the car won't pass inspection with it failing.
     
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  3. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Yep. Anything that sets a "P" code or illuminates CEL is an automatic emissions fail.

    Glad to hear the battery is still going! :)
     
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  4. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Another year down and some more miles. Currently sitting at 238k and no issues... with the battery at least. I had to tear down my son's '04 as he over heated it and warped the head. And last week he spun it off the road. It waits for me to get some parts from pull a part to get the bumper clip sorted out. So far I still love the reliability of the Prius. Oh, and we added an 09 Venza to the fleet as the price was right.
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Matthew:

    It is incredible that that repaired pack with just a little work has provided you with so many trouble free miles.

    Wayne
     
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  6. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Well, I'd like to say another year down... but, there are problems. We're here 4 years later and about 70k miles and bank one has lost it's mind yesterday. I only put 6k miles on the car last year and that probably didn't help. So I'll be pulling the pack out again and replacing at least one of the cells in bank 1 and refurbishing the whole thing again. Oh well. It's not like I have to commute right now anyway. If I get another 4 years and 100k out of it I'll be ready to move on to one of the Kia hybrid offerings in terms of financing it.
     
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  7. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    And I believe Hyundai and Kia offer a lifetime warranty ( to original owner ) on
    the traction battery. That's nice.
     
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  8. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    I've purchased exactly one new car (99 elantra) and it will likely be the only one ;). I put 25k on any given car I commute in and will very quickly destroy the manufacturer warranty when starting from new. I'll pick up a Nero in 4 years when I can get one for $15k and probably 50k miles on it. Or if I must it'll be another 4 year old Prius when the time comes. And then I'll run that one into the ground over a decade or so.
     
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  9. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd... we're done. Mostly. I ended up replacing 7 cells in the pack. 3 cells were below 6.5V when I started marching through the pack. 1 cell was showing far too much resistance. The other 3 were a bit weak. So that total was $270 with the shipping costs.

    The other thing I discovered is 1 out of 4 ports on the Turnigy lasted exactly one round of charging and then gave up on life. So I completed the pack with 3 instead. Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd.... when checking some of the last cells in the pack I shorted a cell and released the Magic Blue Smoke from another port on the Turnigy. So it's down to 2 out of 4. Balls.

    So I figured this, if this fix lasts me another 4 years that will be 15 years of ownership. And over 300k miles. At that point, I think I'm fine with moving on to something new to me. But to make sure it will get that far I went ahead and picked up a grid charger for $300 to limp me along to the finish line.

    The final bit of pain is the capacitor in the dash that allows it to boot might finally have given up on life. So I'll need to pull all that apart and solder on a $.10 fix. Meh. That's next months project.

    [​IMG]
     
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  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Matthew:

    Thanks for not giving up on the old girl. She has provided more than any of us would have expected and still continues to carry on!

    Wayne
     
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  11. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    I really hate car payments ;). I'm a bit torn on staying with the Prius or moving to a Niro when the time comes.
     
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  12. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Another part down, but she's still kicking. The combination meter started to become unreliable. I attempted the same fix I used on my eldest child's '04, but I broke it worse. So I reached out to Matt over at www.texashybridbatteries.com and went with a fixed version. Kudos to them, by the way, for calling me on a Saturday morning after submitting a quote request on their website and saving me from an eBay purchase. It's back on the road but I broke 4 out of 4 vent pieces due to how brittle they are. I've got an alert set to LKQ and will jump on a pick your part Prius when another one comes by local.

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  13. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Glad to hear you got the combo meter sorted. Matt's awesome.
     
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  14. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Yes indeed. And thanks for you help again! I want to see this car roll 300k and then it can fall all the way apart ;).
     
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  15. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Heh.. so you got the upgraded dash? Nice!

    As long as you don't let it run dry of oil, they're hard to kill. If you're oil burn is high, a soak of the cylinders with Berryman often improves it dramatically.

    My neighbor's '07 was guzzling oil - more than 1 qt/1000 mi at 300K miles. It fouled his cat long ago. He did the soak for 24 hours, and his oil burn is not measurable at this point.

    Here's a thread on it:

    https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/threads/2007-prius-piston-soak.320599/ (note they used B-12, which is much more volatile - the chem dip is better for soak).

    Neighbor's process was similar, but he used the B-9 (chem dip linked above), and he let it soak for a full 24 hours topping it off as needed with the occasional crank revolution. After the treatment, he also ran the ICE for a couple minutes to circulate the solvent laden oil thinking this might help clean out the engine.

    Matt w/TX Hybrid Batteries does all kinds of Prius work, and he's done this treatment to many vehicles. Results are mixed, but there's always an improvement.
     
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  16. Ophbalance

    Ophbalance Administrator Staff Member

    Nice. My eldest's 04 seemed to burn through some oil, but my 05 goes through about half a quart every 10k miles. Not too big a deal and I just keep a quart on hand for when needed. As it stands I don't have a commute and that seems to be a killer on these cars. So once a month I've been hitting it with the grid charger. It'll last long enough for one of my kids to finally kill it off, and I'll end up with a Niro or a newer model at some point.
     
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  17. S Keith

    S Keith Well-Known Member

    Be careful with grid charger use. More often then not, frequent grid charging of a Prius battery does more harm than good. If you're talking about 1-2 hours per month, then probably no harm.
     
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