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#184 of 194 INVERTER VOLTAGE FLUCTUATING
Oct 28, 2012 (7:45 am)
My 2007 HH has fluctuating dc voltage since April 2011 when there was 120488 miles on it. The dealer had below statement:
"INVERTER VOLTAGE FLUCTUATING AT AMD WIREFROM DC/DC CONVERTER. ~|~120488 INVERTER VOLTAGE FLUCT UATING AT AMDWIRE FROM DC/DC CON VERTER. 150 INVERTERNEEDS REPLA CEMENT."
They gave me an expensive estimate to repair it. Back then I didn't like the fact to pay such money for a part that still working. I thought I will repair it whenever it dies.
It is more than a year and half and I put more than 15000 miles on my car and the inverter is still working as before.
Anybody has the same problem? Does anyone know if my car really needs an inverter or it might be something simpler than that?
I would appreciate any thought.
#185 of 194 Re: INVERTER VOLTAGE FLUCTUATING [abot]
Dec 03, 2012 (11:22 am)
Not sure about that specific problem but one you might see is the generator failing and not charging the battery. The problem is that the generator is located within the drive system and the dealer cost to replace it is around $5,000 including labor. It's a 12-hour job. Good luck!
#186 of 194 Re: Prius Solar Panel Failure [skycaptain]
Jan 09, 2013 (6:39 pm)
Thanks for posting this solar roof concern. I have been browsing around for 2012 leftover Prius lll models and I've looked at several with that roof. I will be rethinking cars with that option. Did you get the roof replaced?
#188 of 194 Prius Battery replacement
Sep 15, 2013 (3:28 pm)
I was offered a used 2008 Prius with good price. I have checked the CARFAX report for the car, and found the battery was replaced early this year. Is it ok to buy a Prius with replaced battery?
It looks the car was used for high miles for the life. So it has 90,000 miles now.
#189 of 194 Re: Prius Battery replacement [ark8012]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 15, 2013 (4:39 pm)
#190 of 194 Re: Prius Battery replacement [ark8012]
Sep 15, 2013 (5:54 pm)
90,000 miles isn't high mileage, 390,000 is high mileage for a Prius. I suspect the hybrid battery is still original and untouched as these cars have had half a million miles without needing them changed. I suspect they changed the battery that starts the car, at 5 years that's normal service for the battery in any car.
90K is 18 K a year which isn't bad, 1500 miles a month, 50 miles a day average
With a good price you probably should buy it.
#191 of 194 How does the engine and hybrid battery relate
Sep 23, 2013 (9:12 am)
I have a 2005 toyota prius. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were leaving a car race and while pulling out of the parking lot the car began to show all kinds of low oil warnings. Upon pulling into the gas station my husband noticed that the car had no oil. Once the car was towed to the Toyota dealer they informed us that there was no oil filter on the car which caused all of the oil to drain out. The they informed us that we would need to replace the engine, hybrid battery, and a sensor. We informed our insurance of the issue and they agreed to pay for the engine but not the battery. Toyota informed both them and us that the engine going out had nothing to do with the hybrid battery going out. But our car broke all at once. Both the engine and the battery were working with no problems. How could it be possible that the engine and the battery broke simotaneously with no relation? Please advise.
#192 of 194 Re: How does the engine and hybrid battery relate [lthibou]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Sep 23, 2013 (9:20 am)
Okay, and now for the REST of the story. How on earth did the car lose its oil filter?
I don't have the technical expertise to come up with an answer to how a still running but lame engine could destroy a hybrid battery system, but it does strike me as rather far-fetched.
So did this engine seize? Make horrible noises? Why couldn't they just replace the oil and see how it goes?
This description leaves a lot out, so I think you need to fill us in more.
Nov 18, 2013 (8:37 am)
I have a 2005 Prius Hybrid with 200,000 miles. I have a headlamp focus problem (second time).
I bought the part online and installed it myself, but I can't recall what they call the part. It
is situated on the chassis just in front of and to the right of the left rear wheel. None of the parts places I've called, including a Toyota dealer knows what the part is called. Help!