Just a few days ago we wrote about Prius repairs, and it was a short blog post. Prius services are a subject that’s a bit more involved. Naturally the most frequent service will be Prius oil change. Toyota Prius vehicles are well-known for excessive oil consumption, so we not only recommend regular oil changes every 5,000 miles, but also checking engine oil level every 1,000 miles or so.
Another service will be brake pads replacement. Fortunately, on Prius vehicles that is an infrequent affair. While a typical non-hybrid vehicle will need new brake pads every 25,000 – 50,000 miles, it is not uncommon for Prius vehicles to go over 100,000 miles on the same set of brake pads. Thanks to regenerative braking, your Prius’ brake pads are used a lot less frequently than on a non-hybrid, gasoline powered vehicle.
A service that should be performed on a Prius every two years is brake fluid change. Brake fluid deteriorates over time, absorbs moisture from the air, and once the moisture content gets high enough, it can result in extended braking distance, and in extreme cases, in an outright brake failure – regular brake fluid change is an inexpensive insurance. If you bring your vehicle to Adams Autoworx Albany for service, we can test the brake fluid to check if it needs to be changed.
Air filter replacement, especially if you drive in dusty conditions, is another fairly frequent Prius maintenance item. And then there are tires. We recommend tire rotation with every oil change. Due to regenerative braking, Prius vehicles are hard on tires, so you want to regularly rotate tires. Tire rotation extends tire life and over a life of a Prius can save you a significant amount of money.
At Adams Autoworx Albany we can perform any of the above mentioned services, as well as all manufacturer recommended maintenance, including Prius basic 5,000 mile service, 15,000 mile intermediate service and 30,000 mile major service. Our Albany auto care facility is a full service auto repair shop, so we can also diagnose and repair any problems that plague your Prius, and when the time comes, our highly trained technicians can perform hybrid battery replacement as well.
So next time your Prius is due for a service, or you are concerned about any aspect of its operation, call our friendly service advisor and make an appointment. We also offer online appointments on our website.