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Under car damage from steep driveway
Unfortunately, without seeing the bottom of the vehicle, it is impossible to definitively say what part you have damaged. The gas engine is located in the area you are describing. If you did major damage to the gas engine, you...
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My battery is not fully charged and gradually decreasing with decrease in temperature in my 2012 Prius
Hello. Most of the time this is caused by a programming issue. I have seen these cars need to be re-programmed for issues with the batteries not fully charging in cold weather. If the vehicles computer have not been updated...
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Where to get and how to install a cassette player?
Hi there: Finding a compatible cassette player that would seamlessly install with today's modern automotive accessory wiring is going to be very difficult, and could cause multiple problems with other accessory or electrical components on your Toyota Prius. I would...
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I own Toyota Prius plugin 2012. During normal charging electric shock is observed if someone touches the vehicle. I own Toyota Pri
Hi there. This is a serious concern as there is a high voltage leak somewhere in the high voltage system. This can and is a dangerous situation. If the Toyota dealer cannot help you, then contact Toyota Indus corporate offices...
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Miss firing cylinder
Hello. If there is a cylinder misfire then it is not advisable to drive the vehicle. You can drive it for short periods of time and short distances but the more you drive it you run the risk of further...
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Ct200 reliability
Hello. As the hybrid drive system on a CT200H is newer, it will be more refined and efficient. The HS250 is also an excellent hybrid, which held the title for most fuel efficient luxury vehicle, until it was replaced by...
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Radio Fault
Hi Kritesh. It sounds like the stereo amplifier in your vehicle has failed internally, lost power, lost ground, or lost signal from the radio. Perform a quick check of the radio functions; change stations, adjust volume, etc... If all of...
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Check engine light is on
Hello, thank you for writing in. The check engine light coming on for the ignition system is telling you the spark plugs are not working correctly. This may be an issue with the plugs, their wires, the module, or the...
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I have a broken axle seal not the boot, but the seal on the transmission
Hi there. The issue you're describing is a common problem with many of Toyota's Prius Hybrids. In fact, several 2010 - 2013 models have factory recalls on some transmission seals. When the seal is leaking fluid, it can cause a...
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Shaking while braking going 60 or higher
This is most likely a sign of warped brake rotors. As you may know, when you press on your brake pedal, this activates a hydraulic pressure which forces small pistons inside your brake calipers to push the brake pads against...
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No hot air inside the cabinet ? Unbalanced air temperature comes from outlets 2010 Toyota Prius
Hi - your symptoms suggest the air blend doors in the heater air control box are not selecting the right proportion of heated air. This may possibly be aggravated by an engine that is not completely up to running temperature...
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Engine damage after oil change
Your question poses two general issues, the first relating to auto mechanics and vehicle reliability and the second to your legal rights. Let me first deal with the first issue inasmuch as a resolution of that may make the second...
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Check Engine Light keeps appearing, trouble code changed
Hi there, thanks for writing in. Having a professional mechanic complete a diagnostic inspection to determine why a mechanical part failure continues to happen is always the best course of action; especially if you're frequently replacing spark plugs on a...
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I have Spotify account can I use that in my new Prius with out useing it through my phone by just inputting my account number. How
Hello. According to my research it appears that Spotify can only be used with your vehicle by connecting it with your smartphone. Spotify can be used by connecting your phone to the vehicle via a USB cable, or by syncing...
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Tire steel belt broke, cut ABS wiring, ABS lights on; local mech tried repair, says computer no reset. Dealer? Cost?
Hello. The cost of this repair depends on what wires were cut. Most of the time the wire that would be damaged is a wheel speed sensor wire. This would then require that the sensor be replaced and the ABS...
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Can bad intake manifold blow a head gasket? 2010 Toyota Prius
Hello - it is unlikely a bad intake manifold gasket will cause a blown head gasket on a Prius (different story for GM V6 engines). It is possible that a failing head gasket can cause a misfire over time -...
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Why engine check light comes on regularly
Hi there. It looks like you stated you've had a diagnosis, but no mention of an actual repair. What were the stored codes? What diagnostic steps were taken to determine the root cause? Was there a diagnosis or only a...
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Car door alarm sensors keep going off while car is on, because of that I can't even lock my doors when it's off.
Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. What seem to happen is a door sensor / switch has failed. Turn on the dome light to door and shut all of the doors. See if the light dims after shutting all...
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Battery and Smell issue in PHV
I would recommend looking in your owner's manual or calling your local dealership to see what the recommended charge times are for this vehicle. It is possible that your vehicle's battery is being overcharged. This would result in a decreased...
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Turn reverse beep to one beep.
The beeping sound in the reverse mode can be very annoying. Click here to view the steps to disable the beeping alarm. If you need further assistance with your back-up alarm, then seek out a professional, such as one from...

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