Category Archives: Maintenance

How to reset Toyota Prado power windows

Power window master switch on Toyota Prado driver's door

If your power windows are not working properly on your Toyota Prado, try this trick. You may also need to do this after replacing your car battery. Background A while ago I had to change the battery in my 2005 model 120-series Toyota Prado. As most owners would know, removing the battery and installing a new one requires re-programming the PIN into the car stereo. I have the PIN and followed the instructionsmore »

Prado fuel economy on E10 or PULP — which is best?

Finally, I have a result on whether it is more cost efficient to run PULP or E10 petrol in my Toyota Prado — the E10 wins! After more than 26,000 of driving during the last 19 months, I wanted to give an update on my petrol engine 120 series Toyota Prado’s fuel consumption and economy. (My original statistics and article is here). During this time I have averaged 14.8 litres per 100 kilometres ofmore »

Prado fuel economy — whether to run premium unleaded petrol?

The Toyota Prado owner’s manual states that my 2005 Prado GXL 120 series with the 4.0 L petrol engine (1GR-FE engine) should be run on unleaded petrol (gasoline) with a RON of 91 or higher. For improved vehicle performance they recommend using fuel with a RON of 95 or higher. But what difference does this actually make in the real world? And does the increased efficiency of premium fuel offset its higher price?more »

Toyota Prado tyre (tire) pressures

I recently bought a second hand 2005 Toyota Prado GXL 120 series running 265/65R17 tyres. “What tyre pressures to run?”, was one of my first questions. After reading my Toyota Prado handbook, searching the internet and asking a tyre (tire) dealer about what tyre pressures to run on my Toyota Prado, I had three different answers — here are my results. The Toyota Prado owner’s manual states that the standard cold tyre inflation pressure is front 190 kPa (28 psi);more »