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Toyota Prius, Auto Repair, Hybrid Cars, Hatchback
#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.
#194 of 323 oil replacement reminder "MAINT REQD"
Jun 18, 2008 (1:09 pm)
We have a used 2006 Prius. Have had it for about 4 months. The 'maint reqd' light came on so we're changing the oil for the first time since we got it . In the maintenance guide it says "Reset the oil replacement reminder light after replacing engine oil".
Can anyone tell me how to do this?
Jun 18, 2008 (1:38 pm)
1. Begin with power off.
2. Press the "Power" Button while pressing down the brake petal, (Prius goes to "Ready" mode.
3. Press the "ODO/Trip" button and select "ODO"on the display.
4. Press the "POWER" button to turn the car off.
5. Press and Hold the brake petal with your foot.
6. Press and hold the "ODO/TRIP" button. Press the "POWER" button., (Prius goes to "Ready" mode.
7. Continue to hold the "ODO/TRIP" button, with in a few seconds the "ODO" display on the dash will flash "------" and then for 1 second the display will read "000000" then,the Maintenance Reminder Light will go out and the "ODO" now displays your correct odometer mileage.
8. Release the "ODO/TRIP" button.
9. The Maintenance Light is now Reset (off).
#196 of 323 touch screen
Jun 28, 2008 (4:53 pm)
i just cleaned my new prius touchscreen with a clean dry tissue. would this likely have damaged it. what should i use in the future.
#197 of 323 Re: touch screen [mga1600]
Jun 29, 2008 (9:48 am)
Use microfiber cloth, paper tissue may be too harsh.
#198 of 323 Re: touch screen [cheeper]
Jun 29, 2008 (5:27 pm)
would you think that using a dry tissue once might actually damage the screen.
Jun 29, 2008 (7:13 pm)
I would treat the Prius touch screen like my computer screen, keyboard, or camera lens. For those applications, I use isopropyl alcohol on a clean cotton sack cloth. I would not apply any petroleum-based solvent. My nephew once sprayed insecticide on moths flying around my plastic-encased Coleman lantern and pocked the plastic.
On the topic of the Touch Screen, I must add that I am absolutely thrilled with the Prius unified controls. The Prius offers one-touch selection of optimal heating and defrosting. In the Gillig transit bus that I drive ten hours a day, I have eight toggle switches and other heating controls on both sides of the steering wheel and overhead on my left side that are supposed to provide climate control. The side window defrost system is so poorly designed that cold air, wet with rider perspiration, circulates over the windows to build thick frost that blocks visibility of the rear-view mirrors on both sides of the bus, creating unsafe operating conditions. I wish that Toyota would sell hybrid transit vehicles because I know that Toyota would never produce such a poorly-designed bus.