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Prius, Tucson ~ Falconworks
called a "battery pack"
because inside it is a string of little batteries, and is
usually sold with the associated switches, relays, and computer
housed within the same box)
WHEN WILL THE BATTERY FAIL?
First, let us note that it is now apparent that the failure
of the hybrid battery (the expensive one) occurs at about ten years.
Except for vehicle used entirely on rough dirt roads, this
failure seem unrelated to mileage covered: we have seen
battery failures at as low as 80k miles and some as late as 160k.
WHAT WARNING WILL I HAVE? Essentially none. You
might hear the fan running hard and long, down by the sill on the right
rear door; you might notice the gas engine rarely seems to want to turn
off at lights. Probably, even the best of you out there will
not be able to discern any significant change in the battery state
behavior on the touchscreen.
CAN I DRIVE THE CAR WHEN THE BATTERY IS BAD? The red
'triangle of death' will be illuminated, so technically, you really
should not. The car may be willing to proceed for a good
number of miles, but the triangle-warning is also the indicator of an
overheating system or serious brake fault, and should never be ignored.
No Triangles! That's it for now. Please use the links to
learn more about us and our
little Independent Prius workshop in Tucson.
- We used to rebuild hybrid batteries in house by buying
used cells which matched the remaining good ones in the battery pack,
and replacing the bad ones (usually one or two cells). As
the batteries aged, and the supply of good cells dwindled, the
long-term success rate of this approach became so dismal that it was no
longer cost-effective. We no longer offer
hybrid battery repair.
- We now offer a factory rebuilt battery pack. It
carries a two-year free-replacement parts and labour warranty if we
determine that the unit has failed; it is not transferable to another
owner of the car. Further, on the same terms, it carries a
third year part-only free-replacement warranty. For current pricing see
- Also, we offer a genuine new Toyota hybrid
battery. It carries a one-year free-replacement warranty.
This might be the wiser choice if planning to keep the car
much outside of the 3-year span of warranty provided with the rebuilt
units. For current pricing, call our office at 520-294-3572.
- We do not offer used hybrid battery installation.
It costs too much to figure our that it is bad or nearly so,
missing pieces, etc.
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