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Fixing Prius Mouse Damage

October 1, 2018

Well, it was a lot of work, but it’s done. I’ve repaired all the mouse damage in our 2004 Prius, and it’s working perfectly again! After our last post, I looked around for a replacement wire harness, and found one on eBay, but with a number of other components in a Prius pack and at […]

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There’s a WHAT in the Prius?!?

September 21, 2018

The other day, our 2004 Prius quit working. When I opened up the battery pack to find the problem, I couldn’t believe what I found inside. It certainly wasn’t what I was expecting! My wife had left the driveway and then pulled back in less than a minute later, traded cars, and left again. She […]

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Disaster Preparedness with a Prius

December 31, 2017

I commonly get questions about battery backups, generators, solar panels, and other provisions which might be useful for disaster preparedness. There were plenty of disaster-related comments on social media at the end of September, due to Hurricane Maria hitting the coastline of the United States. And while most of us enjoy fantastic electric service on […]

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Prius 12V Battery Replacement and the Ice Pick

January 24, 2016

I like ice – in a glass with a drink. So, when it was time to replace the 12V battery in our Prius, I wan’t pleased to see it frozen in place, encased in a block of solid ice…. Recently, we’ve had a spell of extra cold weather – multiple days of 0 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

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CRASH! DIY Vehicle Safety

November 17, 2012

When I got an e-mail titled “RIP Prius”, I knew it couldn’t be good, but when I opened it and saw THIS photo, I was more than a bit concerned about my buddy, Tim. Tim told me in the message that he had been in an accident two days earlier. He was just driving along, […]

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Eco-Road-Trip begins

September 14, 2012

  So, today began our roadtrip from west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, out to the Mother Earth News Fair at Seven Springs Pennsylvania…. with a few stops on the way. My first hurdle was trying to leave in time to NOT HIT Friday afternoon rush-hour traffic in Chicago. Hope as I may, it seems impossible. The […]

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107 on the Freeway!

April 16, 2012

I just went 107 on the freeway and didn’t even get a speeding ticket! That’s because I wasn’t going 107 miles per hour, I was going 107 MILES PER GALLON. Since I’ve had the chance to drive the wife’s plug-in Prius, I finally feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it. While I’ve […]

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130 MPG!

April 1, 2012

I finally broke 100 miles per gallon! Due to the high-mileage and age of my wife’s Pontiac Sunfire, we decided that it was finally time to cash in our “saving for a new car” fund. We looked around to find something that would be fuel-efficient, and that we could afford, and ideally ALSO be able […]

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