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  1. I would be interested in the answer to that as well. Also, (although this may have been answered already ?) Can the hybrid battery degrade if not used regularly ?
  2. Thanks for advice chaps. I started it again (jumping from another battery) and held my foot on the loud pedal for a few minutes. While the engine was running I checked the voltage and it was about 14v, so alternator OK. I reconnected the charger and that is working OK now there's some volts in the battery, reading around 11.7v I will leave that on for a while and do some checks during the week. Fingers crossed that I don't need a new battery as I don't expect they come cheap. What is the life expectancy of a battery ?, depends on usage I imagine ?
  3. The battery is only showing 3.6v I started it earlier, drove up to the end of my road and back, but tried it later and it was still flat. I'm a bit worried about going on a longer drive, in case when I stop at a junction and the engine cuts, it wont start again. A normal charger comes up with "Error", so I bought a smart charger and that keeps cutting out after a couple of minutes.
  4. Just went to get the IS 300h out of the garage to take for a quick charge up drive. That was my intention anyway, battery was as flat as a pancake. Tried to charge battery but being a gel battery and my charger not being intelligent, it didn't want to know. I had another battery in the garage and managed to start it with a jump. Although I am now told that wasn't a wise thing to do.... I will be getting a smart charger, and hope I haven't damaged the gel battery.
  5. Understood John, but it's always good to use a car at least once a fortnight. Even if for only going a couple of miles. Alan
  6. Interesting replies to this question, as it was something I was wondering about. When I had the Civic Hybrid, there was a label under the bonnet saying "This car must be used for at least 30 minutes every month." I suppose a quick drive at least once a fortnight would be OK ? ( without getting out ). Although if stopped by the police they might take a dim view.. Before the forum police anything, yes I realize what an essential journey is.
  7. DAB reception on any car can be flaky to say the least. I use DAB virtually all of the time, to listen to TalkRadio. It often drops out, especially when driving cross country...
  8. You would think that by now, all cars could be fitted with radio controlled clocks, they cost next to nothing. Although they may need an antenna tied in with the radio antenna, as the car may act like a Faraday cage ? Although I had one on the dashboard in a van I owned, and that worked OK.
  9. We don't use ours for short trips, so it's mainly used on dual carriage and motorways. I seem to get a steady 52-53 mpg. I use it in eco mode most of the time, unless I need to overtake quickly. I did once have it up to about 60mpg after a reset and driving from Essex down to the New Forest. I don't consider that too bad, considering I only get just over 34mpg from my 1600cc Ford Bmax auto.
  10. Was it a Lexus sensor ? I only ask as when I had a similar problem on a Honda Accord. It had to be a Honda sensor, they tried a Bosch one and it wouldn't work..
  11. I've never used additives in any of the car's I have owned over the last 50yrs. and also had no engine or gearbox problems. Maybe I am just lucky ? :😊
  12. We went with the three year service plan, from Lexus. Without looking it up I couldn't tell you how much it was, but it suited us.
  13. Using Nitrogen is a complete wast of time, unless you wear a back to front baseball cap. 🙂 They use it in aircraft tyres, but that for fire suppression.
  14. Inflated all four tyres up to 35psi today, then once reset the warning light stayed off. I take it that apart from the cooler weather, tyres lose pressure over time ? I also don't know if the newer IS300's have individual pressures displayed, mine doesn't.