Toyota Prius Service
The Toyota Prius is 22 years old. It doesn’t seem possible, does it? The vehicle’s concept debuted at the Toyota Motor Show in 1995, and the first Toyota hybrid hit the markets in December of 1997. A lot has changed since the automobile’s debut, but the changes have been for the better. If you drive a Prius, you’ll be happy to know that Smog Man Test and Repair are hybrid experts. You can count on us to maintain and repair your hybrid.
Keeping your Prius buzzing down the road without issue relies on vehicle maintenance. The nice thing about hybrids is they don’t require as much maintenance as fuel-driven vehicles do. That said, you’ll still need to bring your Prius in for its scheduled maintenance to keep it running as it should be. After all, one of the benefits of owning a Prius is its unbelievable gas mileage.
At 5,000 miles, we will change the oil and conduct a safety inspection. This includes checking the belts, hoses, brakes and fluids. We will also rotate the vehicle’s tires to ensure even wear and tear. Depending on the year you bought your Prius, this service visit could wait until 7,500 or even 10,000 miles. Still, you may want to have us rotate the tires more frequently if you drive a lot.
At 15,000, you can expect your brake pads will need replacement, and at 20,000, you might need a new set of tires and the cabin air filter changed. At 30,000 miles, we’ll check to see if you need new spark plugs, and as your vehicle ages, we’ll ensure everything, including the struts and crucial electrical system remain in tiptop shape. We don’t want you stranded on the side of the road.
When it comes to hybrids, the Toyota Prius is nearly perfect, but nobody is 100-percent perfect, which is why we offer hybrid repair services, too. Common complaints about the Prius include the transmission failing prematurely without warning, a slow engine response, and whining noises. Don’t worry, though. These are rare and we know exactly how to handle them.
Plus, all of these things can be avoided with regular maintenance. At your service visits, we will check your transmission oil to ensure it’s not low and inspect its working parts. We will also run a diagnostic to ensure the computer system is functioning to avoid engine lag. Finally, bring your vehicle in for any strange sound and we’ll isolate and repair it.
If you drive a Toyota Prius, Smog Man Test and Repair in San Jose, CA, is your maintenance and repair shop. Call us today at 408-963-0085.