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  1. I have just finished & refitted an HV battery pack which also refuses to drop out of the green & spends noticeably more time in electric only yippee must redo my own sometime when its quiet. Your exhaust is just great John - that blooming Y piece is a regular thing I see blowing on otherwise perfect cars. Superb work John Richard
  2. Losing faith in my LEXUS GS450H

    Have only just seen this post = have sent a PM sure I can help
  3. Couldn't have put it better myself
  4. I have some brand new fox fx004s for sale, I posted about them title is Wheels a quick heads up
  5. Hybrids & Heat

    Quite a few people ask me how to best look after their hybrid battery packs during hot weather. All Lexus / Toyota Hybrids are equipped with at least 4 thermal sensors, in most cases more, so theoretically if all those & their associated cooling fans / ECU's / wiring / ducting / grills etc are all in good clean working order then the vehicles should 'look after themselves' so to speak so no real great cause for alarm or worry - however - issues arise when any of these fail or become broken or clogged. Also we are all human so when it's hot we want our AC Air Conditioning on, it is not generally known by hybrid owners, however, that our Air Conditioning compressor motors are not driven by a belt & pulley from the engine as the vast majority of other vehicles are. No! ours are driven by quite a heavy three phase electrical motor directly fed via a converter from our Hybrid Battery. If our Hybrid Battery &/or system is not in good condition & we are sat in traffic, for instance, the engine not running & the air-con working to cool us - the hybrid battery will quickly drain & be topped up by our hybrid system resulting in a bit of a see-saw effect (discharge/charge) which in itself is not very good (whatever anyone else says) for the health of our Hybrid Battery in effect it eats away at the capacity of the battery. What can we do about it ? Some simple steps like setting our A/C's at a specific normal temperature say 20 degrees & placing it in automatic mode, this will ensure the compressor runs only when absolutely needed, not having windows open while A/C is on as we are then trying to cool the entire planet, other simple things like parking in the shade where possible, keeping all vents & air intake grills clear of detritus. If you know your Hybrid Battery is a bit weak you are probably better off not using the AC at all. Hope this helps
  6. Quite a few people ask me how to best look after their hybrid battery packs during hot weather. All Lexus / Toyota Hybrids are equipped with at least 4 thermal sensors, in most cases more, so theoretically if all those & their associated cooling fans / ECU's / wiring / ducting / grills etc are all in good clean working order then the vehicles should 'look after themselves' so to speak so no real great cause for alarm or worry - however - issues arise when any of these fail or become broken or clogged. Also we are all human so when it's hot we want our AC Air Conditioning on, it is not generally known by hybrid owners, however, that our Air Conditioning compressor motors are not driven by a belt & pulley from the engine as the vast majority of other vehicles are. No! ours are driven by quite a heavy three phase electrical motor directly fed via a converter from our Hybrid Battery. If our Hybrid Battery &/or system is not in good condition & we are sat in traffic, for instance, the engine not running & the air-con working to cool us - the hybrid battery will quickly drain & be topped up by our hybrid system resulting in a bit of a see-saw effect (discharge/charge) which in itself is not very good (whatever anyone else says) for the health of our Hybrid Battery in effect it eats away at the capacity of the battery. What can we do about it ? Some simple steps like setting our A/C's at a specific normal temperature say 20 degrees & placing it in automatic mode, this will ensure the compressor runs only when absolutely needed, not having windows open while A/C is on as we are then trying to cool the entire planet, other simple things like parking in the shade where possible, keeping all vents & air intake grills clear of detritus. If you know your Hybrid Battery is a bit weak you are probably better off not using the AC at all. Hope this helps
  7. Hybrids & Heat

    A good question - I had one from Malaysia which was pretty nearly scrap but not sure?
  8. Hybrids & Heat

    That's great - very good, but in my own personal opinion & experience I think that is more likely the exception rather than the rule! - so many different factors affect the condition & lifespan of a battery no matter what type, it is pretty impossible without exceptional testing in a Lab & real on-road extensive long term testing to predict. All we do know & can say with certainty is that temperature has a significant negative effect on cell condition, lifespan & performance.
  9. Hybrids & Heat

    Yes John that has occurred to me too, - given the reliability & low power consumption (relatively) of the battery cooling fans I believe it would be better to cool them via an ambient temperature control - I guess I could construct a device to do that alongside the safety roll of the existing sensors, theoretically this could be quite an easy plug in device which would fool the existing systems into running the cooling fans more or less constantly in temps exceeding something like 12 degrees or even at the temp where the manufacturers say they perform best mmmm thats got me thinking!!!!
  10. Hybrids & Heat

    Quite a few people ask me how to best look after their hybrid battery packs during hot weather. All Lexus / Toyota Hybrids are equipped with at least 4 thermal sensors, in most cases more, so theoretically if all those & their associated cooling fans / ECU's / wiring / ducting / grills etc are all in good clean working order then the vehicles should 'look after themselves' so to speak so no real great cause for alarm or worry - however - issues arise when any of these fail or become broken or clogged. Also we are all human so when it's hot we want our AC Air Conditioning on, it is not generally known by hybrid owners, however, that our Air Conditioning compressor motors are not driven by a belt & pulley from the engine as the vast majority of other vehicles are. No! ours are driven by quite a heavy three phase electrical motor directly fed via a converter from our Hybrid Battery. If our Hybrid Battery &/or system is not in good condition & we are sat in traffic, for instance, the engine not running & the air-con working to cool us - the hybrid battery will quickly drain & be topped up by our hybrid system resulting in a bit of a see-saw effect (discharge/charge) which in itself is not very good (whatever anyone else says) for the health of our Hybrid Battery in effect it eats away at the capacity of the battery. What can we do about it ? Some simple steps like setting our A/C's at a specific normal temperature say 20 degrees & placing it in automatic mode, this will ensure the compressor runs only when absolutely needed, not having windows open while A/C is on as we are then trying to cool the entire planet, other simple things like parking in the shade where possible, keeping all vents & air intake grills clear of detritus. If you know your Hybrid Battery is a bit weak you are probably better off not using the AC at all. Hope this helps
  11. Oh right of course gotcha, sorry put 2 & 2 together & got 3! Lol whats baffling on wife's car? Richard
  12. Did you see my post at all M - Wheels a quick heads up? I think Upex has Richard
  13. Just a quick heads up - I hope this post does not fall foul of the rules - I will be selling my new set of Fox fx004 rims soon as seen on my profile - everybody I met said they really liked them but I "just didn't " I prefered the originals a purely personal view so I have put them back on, so i now have no use for the Fox ones, they are only a couple of months old & as good as new, I have even got the chrome ( "L" ) centres for them which are included too. Just wanted to give LOC members first choice before advertising to public. So if you are interested then please message me. I will wait 3 weeks from this post before advertising elsewhere. Richard
  14. Speak to Andy at AGH Tyres in Northampton he has the tpms valves themselves too which I think are included in the £50 a wheel charge but check that with him first. www.agytyresnorthampton.co.uk
  15. Hunting for a GS 450H

    Spent a couple of hours on this, i cant find a way specifically - that doesn't mean there isn't, sorry Richard
  16. Very doubtful you will have any hybrid battery issues till between 145,000 - 190,000 or till 2023 wouldn't worry about that, its got a 10 yr 100,000m warranty on battery anyway. Richard
  17. Hunting for a GS 450H

    Well provided its green when you drive in the voltages will be up. The Jury in my brain is out as far as whether its a good thing battery wise or not - what's good in the short term isn't always good long term ? mmm leaning towards the probably ok view. I'm not schizophrenic -- are we???
  18. Hunting for a GS 450H

    Bxxgger I forgot ! Just writing a note to myself! (V Busy) Richard
  19. When the Hybrid Battery is in top form sport mode is fantastic IMHO Richard
  20. Hunting for a GS 450H

    Will have an answer on that one for you tomorrow Lee - give me a nudge if I forget. Richard
  21. CT200h OWNER HERE

    Real nice, I have heard several people say the same about the CT too! am looking for one for my wife - welcome aboard!!
  22. As long as I can get to them & remove them from the car I can fix them :)
  23. Tips on buying a CT200h

    To anywhere between 140K usually & 170ish but dont worry thats not the end of the road - my wife wants one actually so am looking around.
  24. With direct close blasting they eventually will - they all do really - in my experience anyway Richard