That shiny Toyota Prius hybrid sitting in your driveway likely convinced you of its reliability. Maybe you chose it for the great gas mileage or advanced technology. But now something’s not right. Lately, your Prius has been struggling to accelerate, the engine won’t shut off at stops, and those blasted warning lights keep glaring from the dash.
Don’t worry – the dependable Prius may have finally met its match against time. Even this ingenious gasoline-electric can develop issues. The good news is that our team of ASE-certified technicians specialize in hybrid maintenance and repair. We’ve seen every Prius problem imaginable and regularly have them purring again.
What signs indicate your Prius needs professional attention? Let’s explore the most common problems and solutions to get your hybrid back on the eco-friendly road.
Power Loss and Response Problems – Your Prius Seems Sluggish
Does your Prius hesitate when accelerating from stops? Does the engine run continuously instead of shutting off at idle? Is the vehicle lacking its normal pep while passing or climbing hills? These symptoms typically point to two culprits:
Battery Failure – The battery provides electric-assist power and captures regenerative braking energy. But they degrade over a decade or so. A weak battery hurts acceleration and fuel efficiency. Our techs use advanced diagnostics to test your battery’s condition and can install a quality, affordable replacement if needed. Most batteries cost far less than what dealers charge.
While the electric side propels the Prius, the gas engine also plays an important role. It directly powers the car at highway speeds and recharges the battery. Signs of engine trouble include:
– Overheating or high coolant temperatures
– Oil leaks and excessive oil consumption
– Misfiring, rough idle, loss of power
– Check engine light illuminating
Our technicians will diagnose the specific engine issue, whether it’s worn piston rings, leaking gaskets, bad valves, or other repairs. As master rebuilders, we can overhaul any Prius engine component to restore smooth performance and fuel efficiency. Your wallet will thank us too – repairs cost much less than swapping in a new engine.
Brake and ABS Problems – Slow to Stop and Respond
The technologically advanced Prius brake system combines hydraulic brakes, a regenerative system, and electronic controls for smooth stops. But like any complex component, problems can arise:
– Long or spongy brake pedal
– Delayed braking response time
– Warning lights for ABS, stability control, brake actuator
– Unusual noises when braking
Our brake system experts will connect specialized tools to read Prius trouble codes pinpointing issues. From ABS module replacement to full brake overhauls, we’ll have you stopping safely again. Don’t ignore braking problems – contact us right away for an inspection.
What About Noises, Leaks and Other Common Repairs?
Along with major hybrid components, we also service these other common Prius repair needs:
– Worn outer CV joints causing clunks when turning
– Power steering failures making the wheel difficult to turn
– Leaky headlight seals allowing moisture inside
– Exhaust leaks triggering check engine lights
– Cooling system repairs for overheating issues
As Toyota specialists, our team knows every nut and bolt on Prius models from the original to the latest high-tech plug-in Prius Prime. We also offer full maintenance services from brake pads and batteries to oil changes, tires, and more.