How to Change Your Toyota Prius Battery

How to Change Your Toyota Prius Battery


At Maxat Hybrid Repair, we go ‘beyond the job’ of the average car repair shop.  By this, we mean to say that our goal is not solely limited to fixing your hybrid vehicle.  We also aim to educate our customers so that they can reduce their costs and understand when our assistance may or may not be necessary.  With this goal in mind, we would like to provide you with some tips on changing the battery in your Toyota Prius.


How to Change a Toyota Prius 12 Volt Battery


If your Toyota Prius seems to have lost power to the lights, radio or smaller vehicle parts not associated with the engine, you can rest easy knowing that this can be fixed without replacing the large 200 volt battery that is used to drive the car in the electric mode – saving you time and a whole lot of money.  The much smaller 12 volt battery powers accessories throughout the car and can be changed by you as the consumer.  This battery is oddly found in the trunk, and can be replaced in about 30 minutes to an hour.


This battery will probably last between five and ten years, but can die off much quicker than this if run for longer periods of time.  To replace this battery, you will need several tools on hand, including socket options, a drive ratchet and preferably an extension attachment, and a flat head screwdriver.


Some readers might be better off browsing instructional videos online, or you can follow these steps to change this smaller battery:


  • Open the hatchback and remove any carpet or floor mat coverings.
  • Remove the plastic storage bin, exposing the spare tire.
  • Unsnap the plastic molding on the far right, in the rear of the trunk.
  • Remove the air duct on top of the battery using the appropriate socket size.
  • Remove the cables and plastic housing from the battery.
  • Loosen the 10 mm bolt and lift the terminal straight up.
  • Do not allow this terminal to touch any car parts.
  • Remove the battery hold down with the appropriate socket size.
  • Pull the vent tube straight out of the battery and, without pulling it from the car, set it out of the way.
  • Remove the negative battery terminal and wire from the battery and replace with new battery.


Finding a replacement battery for the Prius


The Toyota Prius battery can be purchased from a Toyota dealer, or consider stopping at our repair center and pick up a 12V battery that we have in stock. Price for Toyota Prius 2004-newer is $220 installed + Tax.


The  battery comes with 24 or 36 Month warranty.  We’re offer a replacement battery for the Prius that should work for the 2004 and newer model Prius that is equipped with a smart key system.  Some cheaper battery manufactured will not fit properly in a Prius that is not equipped with the smart key.  Make sure you purchase a battery that fits your hybrid specifications.


Feel free to call us for consultation about your battery needs: 916-500-7070

Myths Associated with the Toyota Prius

Addressing Common Myths Associated with the Toyota Prius


At Maxat Hybrid Repair, we go aim to educate our customers regarding the true facts of hybrid vehicles.  From cost effective repairs to common issues to look for, we aim to help each and every potential customer by revealing the facts behind hybrids.  With this goal in mind, we would like to clear the air on some common myths on the Toyota Prius that would convince a buyer whether purchasing a Prius is the best or worst decision of their lives.


“Prius batteries don’t last long and the car is useless once the battery dies.”

The reason this myth has become so common over the years is due to the battery problems associated with the early 2000s models of the Prius.  Owners of these early models may have had to replace the battery pack due to its smaller size and shorter lifespan, but Toyota has since addressed the battery issue in later models of the Prius.  By 2004, the Prius had become the ultra-reliable vehicle you see today.  These batteries tend to last over ten years, but this can vary on vehicle usage.


“Prius batteries cost thousands to replace and ruin the value of the car.”

This statement may actually be true depending on your battery repair solution (click here to see our prices), the number of years and miles on you Prius and the overall car market.  If your Prius battery dies, it very well might cost you a few thousand to replace with a new battery if you go through the Toyota dealer.  However, independent mechanics like Maxat Hybrid Repair can offer a more cost-effective repair option.  Whether the option is to repair or replace the battery, you can be sure that you will get a better deal outside of the Toyota dealership.  While battery fixes can be expensive, a Prius owner offsets this cost by saving on common repairs seen in other vehicles and the cost of fuel over the lifespan of the vehicle.


“The Prius explodes.”

A common misconception is that batteries are explosive.  The truth is that a gas-powered vehicle is at a far greater risk to explode from a collision than a battery-powered vehicle like the Toyota Prius.


“The Prius is more harmful to the environment than big trucks and SUVs.”

This myth is also generated by the misconception that a user will need to replace the battery several times over the life of the vehicle.  The truth is that the Prius uses the same amount of plastic and metal in the production of the vehicle as a similarly sized sedan.  As far as the concerns with the battery, the environmental impact is minimal when considering the difference in fuel being burned by a gas-powered vehicle.

“The Prius is guaranteed to save you money.”

As much as we would like to make such a guarantee, the fact is that not all Priuses are created equal and the cost savings really depends on vehicle use and unexpected repairs.  The Prius will often cost more than other small sedan options when purchasing brand new.  The difference in price is only offset when driving a high number of miles per year, which is not the case for every driver.  Buying a used Prius is more comparable to used sedans of similar age and mileage and is more likely to save you money over the life of the vehicle.  An even bigger factor in cost savings is the price of gas.  While the Prius will undoubtedly save your gas money, the impact of the savings is dependent on the price of cost year-over-year.


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Keep Your Hybrid Running



Keep Your Hybrid Vehicle Running


You’ve decided to invest a good chunk of change in to a hybrid vehicle in hopes that you will save money in the long run.  Fuel consumption, engine wear and environmental impact are all areas where a hybrid vehicle is supposed to show improvement.  So what could possibly go wrong?


Just like gas engine powered vehicles, hybrid vehicles are subject to breakdowns.  Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, our goal is to not only fix common maintenance issues at a much lower price than competitors, but also to educate our customers about the important issues so that they can fully understand the work being done on their vehicle.


With these goals in mind, here is a short list of tips to keep your Hybrid Vehicle running for the long run:


  1. Change Your Oil and Filters


Hybrid vehicle owners should not neglect the standard practice of oil and filter changes.  Similar to regular gas engine cars, hybrid cars require the changing of air filters and oil. These changes are not required as frequently, but should not be forgotten. Often, the hybrid car only needs to get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Air filters for hybrid cars should be replaced about every 40,000 miles


  1. Get your Hybrid Vehicle Serviced by a Hybrid Expert

Hybrid Vehicles vary from regular gas engine vehicles and you should always consider a specialty shop over a standard auto shop.  Maxat Hybrid Repair specializes in the maintenance and repair of hybrid cars, from routine maintenance to replacing your hybrid battery.  Our team of experts has you covered at a fraction of the repair cost found at other shops.


  1. Safety is the Most Important Thing to Keep in Mind


When certain lights attempt to alert you of car troubles, do not ignore these as a common issue.  Sometimes, a small issue at the beginning can turn in to a big problem down the road.  The lights are there to keep you safe and by ignoring these lights, you could be putting your life in danger.  Safety is important and car maintenance should not distract you from this fact.


  1. Get in to a Maintenance Routine with Your Hybrid Vehicle

So as not to forget simple maintenance, calculate how many miles you are driving over a month and set calendar reminders on your phone for particular mileage checkpoints.  Setting a reminder at least a week out should give you plenty of time to set and appointment or clear your schedule.

  1. Don’t toss your old battery! Consider maintenance and repair instead

One of the biggest maintenance expenses with hybrid vehicles is battery replacement.  Too often, vehicle owners throw away their battery at the first sign of trouble.  Save yourself some money by checking out alternate means of battery replacement via repair or refurbished batteries.


As always, remember to keep Maxat Hybrid Repair in mind when considering your hybrid vehicle maintenance and repair solutions.  Our team of experts is sure to perform the necessary work at a lower rate than the competitors.  Our goal is to keep you happy as a customer and keep your hybrid vehicle on the road!

Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars




Common Maintenance Issues for Hybrid Cars


Like any other vehicle on the road, Hybrid cars will run in to maintenance issues from time to time.  Preparing yourself through early education as an owner of a hybrid car can help you better understand what issues might arise and when.  Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, our goal is to not only fix common maintenance issues at a much lower price than competitors, but also to educate our customers about the issues so that they can fully understand the work being done on their vehicle.


Our repair shop specializes in the maintenance and repair of hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, the Nissan Altima Hybrid or the Honda Civic Hybrid.  From routine maintenance to replacing your hybrid battery, our shop has you covered at a fraction of the repair cost found at other shops.  To better understand the issues you might experience as a hybrid car owner, here is a list of common maintenance issues found in hybrid cars.


Routine Maintenance

Similar to regular gas engine cars, hybrid cars require the changing of air filters and oil. However, oil changes are much less frequent in hybrid cars than regular gas engine cars. Often, the hybrid car only needs to get an oil change every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Air filters for hybrid cars should be replaced about every 40,000 miles.


Battery Life

In comparison to gas engine cars, a hybrid car tends to see more maintenance issues with the hybrid battery.  The hybrid battery life is not always reliable and can die off sooner than expected.  Between repair and replacement, hybrid batteries tend to have very high replacement costs.  We have written about several hybrid battery issues on our blog in the past, seen here (P3030 or P3009) and here (P0A80).


German Hybrids Check Engine Light

In general, Hybrid car owners do not have engine problems as often as regular gas engine car owners.  The exception to this is found in German model hybrid cars, made by Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen.  In these vehicles, owners have had issues with the engine light coming on or staying on without relaying codes that show an actual problem.  This glitch can be somewhat of a nuisance, but is also causes safety issues if the engine of the vehicle really needs to be checked and owners do not trust it when it lights up.


Keys to Hybrid Maintenance Survival

If you are already a Hybrid car owner, you can surely speak for the masses and tell others how enjoyable hybrid cars are to drive and own.  However, you may also be one of the owners that have seen these common maintenance issues firsthand and know the downside to owning a hybrid car when it comes to cost.  If you are able to educate yourself on common maintenance issues ahead of problems, keep up with routine maintenance and get all your vehicle work done by a trustworthy shop like ours, then keeping your car healthy and on the road should not be an issue.

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Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes

Toyota Prius P3030 or P3009 Trouble Codes


Here at Maxat Hybrid Repair, we can provide solutions when your first generation Toyota Prius (model years 2001 through 2003) shows either a trouble code P3030 or a code P3009.


Code P3030 means “High Voltage Line Snapped”.  This means there is either a broken or corroded circuit in the harness of your Toyota Prius battery.  Code P3009 in relation to the battery means there is a High Voltage Leak detected.  While these codes or meanings may not make sense to you, surely you are aware that your car is not currently functioning the way it should be.  Hybrid battery problems are costly and stressful as they can keep your car off the road for long periods of time.


While some repair shops will automatically jump to the conclusion that it is time to replace the battery, our repair shop will investigate the possibility of repairing the battery for much less money.  If your warranty has expired, the cost of a brand new battery will be at least $3,000 plus installation costs.  You could save some money by purchasing a refurbished or used battery, but this will still cost you over $2,000 and there is no telling how much longer the used battery will last.


We can repair the battery for much less money.  Our rate for a Toyota Prius battery repair is about $950 with tax at the time of this posting.  While this is not a small amount by any means, it is still much less money than you would pay for a new or used replacement battery.  We are able to save you money by getting to the bottom of the problem and repairing the battery, rather than taking the easy route and replacing the battery like other shops might do.


Car problems come up when you least expect it and vehicle owners often cannot afford a big fix like a battery replacement.  It is good to know your options for replacement or repair.  Research your options before making a decision.  This will likely leave you feeling better that you made the best decision to fit you current needs and budget.  Feel free to contact our shop to see how we can help you out.  As always, Maxat Hybrid Repair will be happy to assist you and get your car back in working condition.

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