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About Gliderpilot

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  1. The only way the petrol engine (ICE) can be started is via the hybrid traction battery, so if that has failed it will not start. There is no conventional starter motor on the ICE, there are several good videos on YouTube that show how the motor generators interact to split the power from battery to ICE. On the 400h and 450h there are 3 motor generators, two coupled to the ICE, one to start the ICE and charge the HV battery and one coupled to the front wheels to provide motive power and regen breaking. There is also one at the rear to drive the rear wheels and regen breaking.
  2. How did you get the bolts undone without ripping the mount off the car, mine seem to be seized?
  3. Had a rattle from under the car a few days ago and couldn't find the cause, anyway parked side on to the wind the other day and while stood next to it I heard the rattle. On looking under I noticed that the heat shield over the front exhaust box was loose. Has anyone replaced this item or can it be removed without hurting the car. I also noticed that the isn't one over the rear box.
  4. Experience with my 400h on the flat the creep function is obvious, take your foot off the brakes and you instantly start to move forwards. On a slight incline it will hold though without throttle but rolls back on anything significant but doesn't run away. In the time it takes to move your foot from brake to accelerator it rolls back an inch or two if that. Reverse is the same also.
  5. From what I've learned, each disc contains major roads for the whole of Europe but only detailed street mapping for the region on the disk.
  6. I upgraded mine and yes inputs can be done on the move, but you still don't get full post code input.
  7. I took mine off and left it off, not had any problems with the spare wheel getting hot from the exhaust. The mounting bolts are seized and when I tried to remove them it nearly ripped the mountings off.
  8. I got mine from Lexus Birmingham on eBay just put in your car details and you'll find them. Genuine Lexus RX300#2, RX400h & RX350 Rear Caliper Pin & Boot Kit £18.99 for the two.
  9. We have the Toyota Safety Sense system on my wife's Yaris Hybrid, and I use the LDA function all the time on motorways. It's pointless anywhere else though, it does need good white lines to see though and the state of our motorways this is not always the case.
  10. Cheers everyone. No I didn't have the water pump or idlers changed, the cost was as their fixed price tariffs £295.I would assume that if the water pump was about to go then it would show signs of leakage and so would have been spotted during the work. I work on the assumption that "if it aint broke, don't fix it". They must have reset something cos on the return 50 mile journey it averaged 31.8 mpg, it's never been that high since I got it.
  11. Just had the cam belt changes at Lexus Bolton, very friendly people, fixed price with no extras. On the drive home noticed that the economy had improved from before so a reset of the ISC was probably needed. On a second topic, will the techstream software carry out a hybrid battery check or do Lexus use a different piece of kit? Cheers Peter.
  12. Yes but it's not electric or even a hybrid, it's another gas guzzler. If you can afford one of these then get a Tesla model X, I know I would!
  13. I did mine just after I got it, the fronts are easy, you'll have no problems there. The rears will need a bit of thought as you will need to slacken off the handbrake shoes before you will be able to remove the rotor. Also one of my sliding pins had seized so I had to remove the carrier as well as the caliper. I'd get new ones just in case.
  14. These are what you should see, the first is in the locked position the last is in the released position and the middle one is the catch on the cover. Check it's not damaged and that the latches are free.
  15. Sealant wont stop stone chips or the odd supermarket trolley rash. I got Toyota's chip insurance on my wife's Yaris and I've had them out to two stone chips, a scratch on the passenger side door and a scuffed rear bumper all at no cost to me apart from the £10 call out fee. If the car is on a PCP then the final value can be affected by dings and scrapes etc. Something to keep in mind.