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  1. Ouch - Moose test

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    Well put!
  2. Do I need new headlights?

    4.3 General
    I bought one of those $30 kits and worked on my '03 Odyssey's headlights. Made them better but since a new set on eBay was under $80 and I was selling the van I ended up tossing the old ones and going with new. Really spruced it up and helped sell it. Did the same for $70 when I sold my '99 F-250.
  3. Do I need new headlights?

    4.3 General
    Why mess with them at all when you can replace them with new ones for $100/set? Can change the style if you want also.
  4. Notes on front hub assembly replacement 4WD V6

    4.3 Mechanical
    Yep, don't skip that last step.
  5. Have you had trouble filling your hybrid gas tank?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    And many service people know LESS than informed consumers. Their job is to save Toyota $$$ and make you go away unless they can tap your wallet. To me they're just an extension of the sales department and unless they have to put it in writing can lie and BS you all they want.
  6. AWD do you really need it?

    4.5 General
    W/o 4WD our V6 RAV4 would spin its front tires at least half the times I start off - w/o the wifey riding shotgun that is!
  7. ‘18 with 17k needs front brakes???

    4.4 Mechanical
    For pads to be needed that soon you'd need to be doing all city stop & go driving and be the type of driver who races up to red lights.
  8. Have you had trouble filling your hybrid gas tank?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    I've never seen a linear fuel gauge and have tested many of mine by adding gas in one gallon increments and making a drawing of the gauge. They all moved slowly near full and much quicker near empty where you need better resolution. But now with DTE, or Range as my '18 Accord calls it, we don't...
  9. Hybrid gets less powerful engine ?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    I agree. Max power is the same in any mode. It's just the linearity of the pedal that's changed meaning driving the same speed in any mode will result in the same power required and t/f result in the same mileage.
  10. Ouch - Moose test

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    To me all such tests are contrived. Moving a cone a foot makes the difference between pass and fail? Please back off a foot mister moose and we'll both be happy? Consumers Reports does a lane change test where they gave the max speed a vehicle would pass. I guess that made more sense but in real...
  11. Hybrid gets less powerful engine ?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    There's a difference between the mechanical compression ratio and the running ratio. The running ratio actually varies based on throttle opening which is how we vary power output. For instance an engine running at half throttle actually runs at half its mechanical CR because the cylinders are...
  12. Hybrid gets less powerful engine ?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    Interesting video. So apparently they are switching cycles with valve timing. I wonder which one the mechanical compression ratio is optimized for. Must be the Otto because if it was high enough for most efficient Atkinson mode it would go too high in Otto. They're probably doing interesting...
  13. Anyone using front hood bra???

    4.5 General
    Years ago I used undercoating spray to "make" a bra on an X 1/9. It worked great and was easily removed with gasoline.
  14. Bizarre glove box story

    4.4 General
    Talk about total ineptness! Solution: Change the cabin filter every 100,000 miles - and have it done somewhere else.
  15. Averaging 26 mpg...for now

    4.3 General
    I can answer that for Ike. If you check his earlier posts you'll note that he, like me, is an experimenter at heart. In fact his whole RAV4 experience is mostly an experiment. He picked up a high mileage 4WD RAV4 pretty cheap and has already used it to plow snow, removed its balance shaft, and...
  16. Hybrid gets less powerful engine ?

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    It it isn't as simple as a tune. For best efficiency the Atkinson cycle engine uses different intake valve timing than a "standard" Otto cycle engine. So why couldn't one engine be run in either mode with the variable valve timing engines already have had for several years? Because the...
  17. Phone Mount?

    4.5 Interior
    If you have a Qi wireless charging phone you might consider this holder: I use one for my Galaxy S7 with the vent mount in my 2018 Accord and another in my 2001 F-250 with the stickpad mount. I simply set the phone in it and the phone's weight pulls the...
  18. Rear Shock Install Question

    4.3 Mechanical
    FWIW, when the right front strut went bad on our '06 I only wanted to replace it not both. To try to match the stock one on the left front I bought the least expensive one on eBay. It works perfect.
  19. 100 degree garage bad for battery

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    How about most any place in the US? When it gets to 80-90°F on a sunny day it must get at least 20-30° hotter inside a closed car. Just being out of the sun in a garage has to be a lower temp. Any of our cars we anticipate using get parked under a shade tree beforehand. (FWIW, to type the °...
  20. Difficulty with getting fuel tank full Part 2

    4.5 Rav4 Electric Hybrid
    I'm moving this thread to 4.5 EV. The old thread was closed due to the rhetoric being ramped up near it's end. A new one was started by Ravvydoog19 here:
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