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#268 of 323 60000 Miles maintaince
Jan 17, 2010 (8:48 pm)
Hello I own A 2006 Toyota Prius which has completed 60000 miles my mechanic at Firestone recommended me a automatic transmission fluid change The toyota recommends only inspecting and My knowledge is the The Automatic transmission fluid in Case of Prius is Sealed and cannot be opened to be changed
60000 miles recommended service from Toyota website for 2006 Prius
Replace engine oil and oil filter 1
Replace cabin air filter
Replace engine air filter
Inspect the following:
Automatic transmission fluid
Ball joints and dust covers
Brake lines and hoses
Brake linings/drums and brake pads/discs 4
Drive belts 5
Drive shaft boots
Engine and inverter coolant 3
Engine valve clearance
Exhaust pipes and mountings
Fuel lines and connections, fuel tank band and fuel tank vapor vent system hoses
Fuel tank cap gasket
Radiator, condenser and intercooler
Steering gear box
Steering linkage and boots
Please comment do I need to replace the transmission fluid
#269 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [ph1972]
Jan 18, 2010 (5:08 am)
#270 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [ph1972]
Jan 18, 2010 (9:43 pm)
With over 112,000 miles on my '04 Prius I will only tell you that the tranny and fluid level and/or replacement there of has been totally unecessary. The car has been the epitomy of perfection and reliability. Oil changes, filter changes, wipers and tire replacements were the only items in need of attention.
#271 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [railroadjames]
Feb 15, 2010 (2:59 pm)
How important do you think it is to change the cabin air filter?
#272 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [mickeyrom]
Feb 15, 2010 (5:14 pm)
It's easy to change in the Prius -- no tools needed. Check your owner's manual for the procedure.
It can get dirty rather quickly if you live in or near a large city, likewise in dusty areas like unpaved roads or deserts. I'd recommend checking it at least every 15K miles, and replacing it if it looks dirty. A dirty filter will hamper fresh air flow into the cabin.
If you don't want to pay for a Toyota filter, I bet the aftermarket now supplies them for the Prius.
#273 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [mickeyrom]
Feb 17, 2010 (7:36 am)
It is mainly a dust filter. I got mine at O'Reilly's for about $9. I changed it myself. I have worked on cars in the past. If your are "handy" and have some patience, and a flashlight, you will be able to do-it-yourself. I like to make sure that no leaves get into my blower motor where they could cause a noise. If you smoke, or haul dogs/cats, it is worth it to keep it up, but it will only cause a problem if it somehow becomes clogged. Then the efficiency of the HVAC system become impaired. Like you trying to breathe thru a straw.
#274 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [whitey9]
Feb 17, 2010 (8:27 am)
Thanks for the reply.What is the HVAC system? I do not smoke or haul cats,but I do take our dogs to the vet on occasion.
I have managed to change the cabin filter on my Optima,so I guess I have some mechanical ability,but my Optima book has instructions in it, and I don't even know where the Prius filter is located.In the Optima I have to drop the glove box and after that it's easy.Is it anything like that?
#275 of 323 Re: 60000 Miles maintaince [mickeyrom]
Feb 17, 2010 (8:49 am)
Same location as Optima except you also have to pull off the damper on the right side of the glove box lid (no tools); HVAC = heating, ventilating, and air conditioining system.
Feb 17, 2010 (3:29 pm)
I have a '09' Prius I bought new. Does anyone know if the battery ever had to be replaced how much that would cost these days? Also, are their any recalls on any Prius other than the 2010? Thanks. I really like this site, people are so knowledgable.
#277 of 323 Re: Prius battery [laughen59]
Feb 17, 2010 (4:20 pm)
Don't sweat the battery (I assume you're talking about the big traction battery, not the small conventional one like all cars have). Hardly any have had to be replaced, and all were in older Priuses. The cost is about the same as a conventional automatic transmission last I heard, about $3000.
Yes, there is a recall on the 2004-09 Prius. This is for the floormat/gas pedal interference. You will receive a letter. The fix will be to shorten the gas pedal and supply a new all-weather (rubber) mat if you have the latter already.