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Posted by Protagonist on December 25, 2005, 12:04 am
Jean B. wrote:

Gee! You should be executed for being a major polluter!

Posted by Jean B. on December 25, 2005, 12:34 am
Protagonist wrote:

Esp. relative to a Hummer or something, right?  <g>

Well, I did that brake thing--stepping hard on the emergency
brake 10 times, and my MPGs are back up.  BUT it is also
warmer out, so it is not clear to me how much of the upswing
is because of that.  I'll see soon enough.  Still haven't
checked the tire pressure.  Why do they do these things?  How

Jean B.

Posted by Protagonist on December 25, 2005, 4:05 pm
 Jean B. wrote:

  Maybe your emergency breaks are dragging, need adjustment?!
My old Toyota had that, but it had drum breaks on the rear!
Disk breaks are all ways in contact.

Posted by Jean B. on December 25, 2005, 5:46 pm
 Protagonist wrote:

Whatever it was, it was not the case before my 5000-mile
maintenance.  :-(  I await some cold weather, so I can see
where I stand on MPG now--trying not to compare apples and

Jean B.

Posted by Michael Pardee on December 25, 2005, 6:08 pm
At least for the Classic (pre-2004) Prius the North American versions have
rear drums. IIRC the European version had 4-wheel discs, and the current
generation may also. If the e-brake is overtightened it will drag the discs,


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