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Posted by Bill on December 16, 2005, 4:07 am
Headed into town this evening.  I was going about 3 mph in the curve where I
previously tested my VSC.  Road had about 4" of snow over ice.  Slowly slid
to the right into the snowplow's windrow where it now sits.  Popped the cap
from the front bumper for the first time and discovered that it comes out
easily and stays attached with a plastic tether.  Installed the tow screw
and walked a block and an half back home.  Went to town in the Explorer.
Plan is to pull the Prius out tomorrow.  Were the towing eye in back this
would be quite easy but with it in front I'll first have to dig out the
windrow with a front end loader.  Rats.

Posted by Jean B. on December 16, 2005, 2:46 pm
Bill wrote:

Oh cr...  crud, that's it!  That's bad news--but good to have
the forewarning here, where it's nasty out.  Good luck getting
it out!

Jean B.

Posted by Bill on December 16, 2005, 6:28 pm

Trouble comes in threes they say.  Neighbor cleared the plow bank from the
front of the car with his front end loader.  I shoveled away snow packed
under nose.  I drive it out with a gentle assist from my Explorer and a tow
rope connected to the eye bolt.  Left it running while I drove the Explorer
home, walked back, hopped in, drove 100 yards and all the warning lights
came on.  No, I haven't had the fix installed yet.  Drove another 100 yards
on battery and then rebooted the car.  This got the ICU running and
extinguished all alarms except the check engine one.  Now it works OK but
the light stays on.  Hopefully it will extinguish after a few trip as the
manual suggests.

Is there a clever sequence of operations that will reset the check engine
alarm?  My dealer is 65 miles from me.

BTW, the plug that covers the eye bolt port snaps nicely back in place.
What a great feature!

Posted by Michael Pardee on December 17, 2005, 4:21 am
The check engine light will go off by itself (assuming the problem was also
temporary) after something like three warm-up cycles with driving.
Alternatively, anyplace that can reset the trouble codes in ordinary cars
can reset the check engine light but not the hybrid warning light. Around
here, that means most of the car pars chains, like AutoZone.


Posted by Bill on December 17, 2005, 4:41 am

I've decided to ignore it until I have the shutdown fix installed early next
year.  Thanks for the info.


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