Posted by Mike Rosenberg on January 14, 2006, 9:28 pm
While it's possible someone here may be able to give you instructions,
I'd guess it's a longshot. A great many of us take our cars to the
dealer for most everything.
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Posted by Michael Pardee on January 15, 2006, 12:00 am
They are expensive but invaluable for the DIYer (which you clearly are.)
They are available from Toyota Publishing. I don't have the 800 number but I
got that from the parts desk at the local dealer. The lady I dealt with
there was very thorough in verifying exactly which manuals I wanted (there
are two volumes plus an electrical, for a total of about $00, for the
pre-2004 models) and they came very promptly - in about half the time
A note about servicing the Prius, though. Many of the procedures call for
the use of the "THHT" or Toyota Hand Held Tester. There is a lot you can do
without one and I think the 2006 uses CAN for the diagnostics (the pre-2004
uses a proprietary protocol).
Posted by Shawn Hirn on January 15, 2006, 12:37 am
If you intend to do your own repairs, it would behoove you to buy a copy
of the shop manual. Keep in mind, also, that you may be in breech of the
warranty if you do any repairs yourself.
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on January 15, 2006, 5:05 pm
I would highly suggest that you purchase the 2-volume Repair Manual,
and perhaps the Electrical Wiring Diagram as well.
Your local dealer's parts department could order it for you (look for
those snail mail or online parts coupons!), or any online dealership
parts department could also order it.
For the paper versions, to avoid the dealer markup, I'd suggest calling
Toyota Publications directly, +1 800 622-2033 (07.00 - 17.00 PST)
Occasionally you might see the manual on eBay in CD form, but I don't
know how legal this CD is... According to those who have purchased
them, they look like a burned copy of what is available for download in
PDF from direct from Toyota here:
(subscription access, last I checked either $0 or 10 euros for a 1-day
pass to download as much as you can...)
If you have the time and a decently fast internet connection, I would
suggest for cost reasons to go with a subscription to the tech sites.
Posted by richard schumacher on January 15, 2006, 8:13 pm
Learn it and do it after your warranty expires. If you invalidate your
warranty and something serious goes wrong on this complicated car,
you'll be in for tons of fun.