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Posted by on October 21, 2006, 7:31 am

I was getting discouraged with my TV set when it would lose it's channel
lineup and all the manual channel labeling.  The least amount of pressure
from one's fingers over the remote control's buttons would turn the set off
and then on rapidly, which of course you know isn't good for the
electronics. Oddly enough, it was weak batteries causing the problem.
Speaking of masking off with tape, I've got a Sony cordless answering
machine with an irritating blinking red led; not for any messages, but to
let me know it's a new caller ID. Big deal. I put a small swatch of duct
tape over it to keep me from thinking I have a new message.

Posted by bob on March 5, 2007, 3:59 am

problem is the hybrid system has an 8yr, 100k mi warranty - and the hybrid
battery system is by far the most likely culprit on the car - and costs many
thousands to replace.


Posted by Michael Pardee on March 5, 2007, 12:51 pm

Odd you should say that. I only know of a handful of hybrid battery
replacements. They are proving themselves to be exceptionally reliable.

Google "honda transmission fail" (no quotes) and you will see 610,000
results - how the transmission fails, what to do about it... then google
"prius battery fail" and you will see 115,000 results - discussions about
what happens if the battery fails, wondering if the battery will fail....

There have always been more good used bateries for sale from wrecked Prius
cars than there has been a demand for them. The going rate is $00 to $000
used, depending on how patient the buyer is. Since a bad one is worth $00
from Toyota, that isn't too shabby.


Posted by Greg on March 5, 2007, 3:31 pm

That is good to hear.

The next question that pops into my mind is:

"OK, what is the labor charge for replacing my battery?"

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Posted by Michael Pardee on March 5, 2007, 11:58 pm

I believe it is around 4 hrs, mostly wrapped up in the conditioning and
testing process afterward. The physical replacement is a moderate DIY job,
as the 110 lb battery assembly is behind the rear seat (at least in the
pre-2004s). I haven't heard of any DIYers who had to take the job on,
though, and I might hesitate to be the first... or maybe not... if I drew a
short straw. I have a thorough electrical background but I understand NiMH
cells can be tricky.


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