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Toyota Prius, Auto Repair, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#184 of 323 Re: Oil Change [snowboarder4]
Mar 30, 2008 (4:19 am)
I have changed oil & filter (and don't forget a new drain plug gasket) in my 2007 Prius three times already using "Rhino Ramps", those black molded plastic ramps available for not that much money in almost any auto parts store. They are the correct height to "lift" the Prius for easily working under the engine, yet they are not too tall that would allow the bottom of the front fenders to scrape the ramps as the old fashioned metal ones would do. They are safe, easy to lift and store as well as inexpensive. A very worthwile investment. And don't forget to purchase a KD Tools oil filter "CAP WRENCH" for the Toyota, I forget what size (65mm?) at the moment, just bring an oil filter with you when you go to purchase the wrench and make sure it fits. Buy some genuine Toyota oil filters and drain plug gaskets from either your Toyota Dealer's Parts Dept. or many other internet sources, just get "genuine Toyota" to keep warranty in effect, not junk like Fram. I have been using MOBIL1 synthetic motor oil in my Prius ever since the first oil/filter change, and remember NOT TO OVERFILL the oil capacity. The manual says 3.9 Qts. with new filter which is too much.... it's more like 3.5 Qts.
#185 of 323 Re: Climate Control Issues [socalred]
Mar 31, 2008 (3:09 pm)
Did anyone ever reply to "socalred"'s question about how to set the climate control to stay on "inside air" so it stays on inside air instead of the car changing the setting to let outside air in whenever it seems to take a notion?
#186 of 323 Re: Climate Control Issues [cbill59140]
Mar 31, 2008 (6:36 pm)
Nope. No replies. And I was just re-posting the question someone else had already asked. I'm afraid no one knows and/or perhaps we are the only three bothered.
Apr 07, 2008 (2:57 pm)
To get work done on the Prius I'm thinking the bigger dealership the better for knowldge of the car I live in Michigan any body have a GOOD dealer on west side Grandrapids Holland that has a good repore with Prius
#188 of 323 Re: longevity of 12 v battery [downinbh]
May 30, 2008 (10:24 am)
"I have a 2003. I just had the battery, computer, and fuel tank replaced. "
I am assuming you mean the 12 volt battery, or was it the traction battery? What the heck happened to the fuel tank?
#189 of 323 Re: longevity of 12 v battery [stevedebi]
May 30, 2008 (11:01 am)
You know, I don't know. It was the major battery, which ever one that is of the 2 you mentioned, I'm not sure. The computer system and battery. Evidently the fuel tank is connected as part of the whole thing. If you replace the computer the fuel tank has to be replaced too. That's what they told me anyway. I don't know.. I kind of get talked at not to. I don't understand cars or how they work. I tried to do some research, but......
It's working now, except gas doesn't always register correctly in my gauge. I like the car, but I'm still a little skeptical of toyota. Thank god I had an extended warranty.
#190 of 323 Prius Steering Wheel Control Malfunction
Jun 07, 2008 (9:13 am)
I have a 2005 prius and just recently noticed a "crunching" noise when I turned the wheel. Now NONE of my controls on my steering wheel work, my airbag light is on, and my horn doesn't work. Anyone else have this problem? I took it to toyota and they said they needed to keep it all day and had no idea what it would cost to fix. I have no idea what I could have done to cause this problem, and frankly I do NOT want to pay for it.
#191 of 323 Re: Prius Steering Wheel Control Malfunction [priusluvr]
Jun 07, 2008 (7:36 pm)
It sounds like what's called the "clock spring" may have gone bad. This is found in all cars, and maintains electrical contact with parts on the steering wheel that turn with the wheel (like the horn button, airbag, and controls) and the electrical wiring in the column that doesn't turn. This shouldn't be a very expensive repair, and are you still under the factory or extended warranty?
#192 of 323 When is Prius Mechanic Required?
Jun 10, 2008 (5:53 pm)
I'm confused by conflicting info on this... Folks on this forum seem to agree that only warranty repair work needs to be done by a dealer with a certified Prius mechanic. So I was planning to have scheduled maintenance done by my trusty independent mechanic who specializes in Toyotas (but isn't Prius certified) and has kept my Corolla and me happy for 17 years. But several friends swear that all maintenance including oil changes should be done by a certified Prius mechanic because of electrical system risks and other complexities. What's the official Toyota position?
#193 of 323 Re: When is Prius Mechanic Required? [bigred12]
Jun 15, 2008 (6:34 pm)
Normal maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations can be done by anyone, including yourself. Just keep receipts or records in the event any warranty work is needed.