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Posted by Bill on May 21, 2006, 5:02 pm

I understand your situation.  Every now and then I drive to Minneapolis,
usually arriving during the evening rush hours.  At least our engines shut
down when we're at a standstill on a 70 mph interstate.  I love life in the

Posted by mrv@kluge.net on May 21, 2006, 4:50 pm

Michelle Steiner wrote:

You haven't seen my brakes, then!

as I've mentioned before, if you are a high mileage driver, your brakes
will last a long time.

If you're a low mileage driver like I am (43,715 miles at my last
fillup on my 2001), particularly if your area likes to salt the roads,
you'll probably need to replace your brakes sooner, due to rust.

to quote myself from a Dec. 9, 2005 post:

On my recent major service (first time to this dealer), they inspected
the brakes. (Previous services at other dealers I only specified the
oil/filter change, so no inspections done on the car.) I was told that
the front brakes are worn 80%, and the rear are worn only 40%, and I
should start saving for a front brake job (front pads and rotors) for
sometime soon. The rotors are rusted, and the pads are pitted. I was
told that it was to be expected of a car with low mileage/short trips.

I did note that when I had put on my winter tires (a week before the
service) I did note that the bare assembly behind the wheel all looked
very rusted, so I wasn't too surprised. But, since this was my first
time to this dealer, I didn't want to just up and give them a front
brake job (feel like being taken advantage of).

(Note that US Prius have front disc brakes, rear drum brakes.  Other
countries have disc brakes all around...)

Posted by A Sherman on May 28, 2006, 1:10 pm

"Michelle Steiner" wrote ...

You can prevent use of both regenerative braking and compression braking by
switching to "N" before stopping.  I have only tried it at low speeds.

Posted by Mike Rosenberg on May 28, 2006, 1:45 pm

Why would you _want_ to stop regenerative braking?

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Posted by Bob Wilson on May 29, 2006, 3:24 am

He is suggesting using "N" so the brakes will 'wipe off' the rust. I'm
not sure I agree with this approach. If I were doing it, I'd probably go
with a hard-braking that engages the anti-skid . . . if I thought it
would work. But I've got an NHW11 which doesn't have as aggressive
regeneration as the NHW20.

Bob Wilson

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