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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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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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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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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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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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Roommate getting ripped off by toyota dealership, can you provide additional info?
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several aspects to consider in this situation. First of all, dealerships are known for insanely high labor rates, but labor should not be over $100/hr for most repairs. The technicians that work...
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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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Tail lights arent working and fuse keeps blowing
Hi there. When a fuse keeps popping, it is because there is an exposed wire that is creating a short circuit. Since you hit something, it is possible that a wire somewhere behind the light may have come loose and...
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2011 Prius. Check hybrid system. Car still turns on. Just very little power. Barely get to 45 mph.
Hi there. Virtually every system on a Hybrid is computer controlled or monitored, which means that the best way to diagnose this problem is to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a warning light inspection. When that orange triangle is...
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Where is the call history log on 2015 Toyota Prius
Hi there. Although this is not specific to the Prius, I believe the intelligence system is the same as explained on this video. I would recommend watching the video and referring to the Prius owner manual for steps on how...
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Is it expensive to replace the battery on a Prius?
Hi there. Which battery are we referencing here? If it is the 12volt auxiliary battery, you're probably ok. However, if we are discussing the cost of the high voltage (hybrid) battery, then the dealership is the only place that can...
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car accelerates on it's own
Hello, thank you for writing in. With some further investigation, you will see that there is a problem with Toyota and their hybrid vehicles pertaining to sudden acceleration or stopping. You will want to contact the service department again and...
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Car is vibrating and clanking on start up.
If the car is moved when the engine is cold before it completes its warm-up cycle, then there will be moisture that is drawn into the engine causing the engine to shake and vibrate with a clanking noise. The issue...
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Drivers side window very unresponsive when engine is running. Works fine in accessory mode. Any ideas please?
Hello, thank you for writing in. There are a few considerations we need to make during this process. One being the battery is responsible for providing power in the accessory mode, while the alternator provides the power while the vehicle...

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