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Tire pressure gauge didn't work at gas station
Great job on maintaining proper air pressure in your tires! Tire pressure is critical, and if left under or over inflated, you risk premature tread wear or a possible blow out. There is a strong chance that the gas station...
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Wipers are streaking
Stock wiper blades are pretty generic in terms of quality. Most manufactures choose cost over quality when it comes to wiper blades. If you want a dependable long lasting wiper blade I recommend rain x latitude blades. I've had a...
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Wipers are streaking
Although you only have 4,000 miles on your Prius, wiper blades aren't given a mileage replacement interval. Instead, it's recommended to change them out every six months because the rubber that creates the squeegee effect hardens and can't conform to...
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Rims that won't dent?
Hello! Unfortunately there are no rims that are completely resistant to dents or scratching. However there are tires made specifically to provide extra protection to rims. To help protect the rims from damage you can purchase tires with a thicker...
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Maintenance light on
The maintenance light is designed to come on at certain intervals to remind you to service the car. If the car was serviced recently, sometimes they forget to reset the light. To reset it: turn the ignition on with the...
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How do I set my headlights to go on automatically?
Hi. If the car is equipped with automatic headlights, then the head light switch will have an AUTO setting on the switch. If this setting is located on your light switch, then all you have to do is put the...
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Hatchback goes too high up when opened
You can install slightly shorter hood struts. You can remove the existing struts which aid in lifting the hatch back -- take them to a parts store and request shorter ones. They make them in several lengths and only take...
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Prius 2011 hybrid system check message .orange triangle with exclamation mark icon
Hello there. Many different items can cause the hybrid check light to come on. The most likely are a failed 12 volt battery, software issue, hybrid battery issue, wiring issue, or auxiliary hybrid cooler. If you would like to have...
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need new AC compressor
If you are sure that you need an AC compressor replacement, YourMechanic can service your vehicle at your home or office.
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Can I use a jump starter on my Prius?
You can use a booster to jump the small battery on the Prius but it does require specific training to do it correctly. You should either get a Prius service manual or have a Prius trained mechanic show you the...
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Check Hybrid System light on
Hi, there is a recall for Prius' of that year. Typically when this happens the car is not able to be driven so it sounds like your issue is different. A certified technician, such as one from YourMechanic, would be...
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How to install my cell phone in my 2016 Prius?
Hi, thanks for writing in. Your owners manual will have the directions step-by-step to pair your phone to the car. Not all phones will be compatible with the system so be prepared to not have your phone to work. If...
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How would kerosene in the gas tank effect the catalytic converter?
I do not think it was kerosene you put in your tank. I would say it was diesel fuel. I've seen this happen many times where diesel fuel is put in the wrong fuel tank in the ground at a...
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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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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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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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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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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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