Hybrid cars on the playa??

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Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby lapointel » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:58 am

Hi all,
I just bought a new car with BM in mind. Got myself a 2005 ford escape hybrid. My question is, Should I take any extra precautions with a hybrid vehicle in the dust?

Looking forward to the help!

Thanks!

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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby Sham » Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:28 am

Cover the carburetor and fuel injectors....

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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby DoctorIknow » Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:03 pm

You may have a key that costs $200 to replace or have a copy made.

HOWEVER, you can probably have a copy made without the chip, and it will open the door mechanically. (ahh, the good old days)

Get two copies made, keep your real key in the car, never take it out.

Put one key in a baggie and put it under your tent...probably not under the tire...like putting a house key under the front door mat...

Put the other key on a lanyard around your neck.

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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby Captain Goddammit » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:42 pm

Sham wrote:Cover the carburetor and fuel injectors....

You’re kidding, right?
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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby motskyroonmatick » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:29 am

I've put over 100 miles on my Prius out on the black rock with zero precautions. Still works fine. It's my daily driver.
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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby FlyingMonkey » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:46 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:
Sham wrote:Cover the carburetor and fuel injectors....

You’re kidding, right?


What? you don't strip your engine down to the intake manifold & pull the injectors when you park in the desert for a week?

Your doing it wrong :mrgreen:

I have a friend who took a Prius one year, didn't run it all week & had a dead battery before Exodus. The car was completely lifeless. I honestly don't know how long the battery pack in your average hybrid/electric lasts without a charge but I would think a week is not unreasonable. It was a rental so maybe it actually had an electrical problem. But that is the only "Playa Hybrid problem" I have ever heard.
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Re: Hybrid cars on the playa??

Postby Captain Goddammit » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:35 pm

Actually injectors are usually in the cylinder head, under the valve cover.
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