FAQs—Toyota Prius V
I just replaced the inverter coolant pump in my Toyota Prius V a few months back, and a few days ago I had to bring my car to the shop for a diagnosis and was informed that my battery is already failing and starting to die down. I told the mechanic about the pump I replaced, and he informed me the said problem could have triggered the trouble in my battery. He was not able to properly explain it, but I was wondering how it could happen. And is it true there'd been a recall for a problem similar to this way back?
It is possible that the failure of the inverter pump caused damage on the DC-DC converter, which is your hybrid car's alternator. This failure could have, in turn, caused the electrical system to rely solely on the battery for power. If the battery is a bit weak, it could have taken a lot of strain and finally died down only after a few months. And yes, there was a recall involving the water pump for the inverter of Prius V. The recall happened back in 2012, which involved the replacement of the water pump free of charge. If your vehicle is a 2004 to 2009 Prius V, then it is covered by the said recall.
I'm having some serious problems with my Prius V's multi-function display. It suddenly stopped working, and the buttons wouldn't respond. I am still able to access some functions such as the climate controls via the steering wheel, but some functions such as the GPS are totally inaccessible. I've been searching for a replacement, but the ones I find are too expensive. What are my other options?
Well, there are some cases when you wouldn't have to replace the entire unit when it starts malfunctioning. There are instances when the problem has to do with the internal connections getting damaged. The good news is that these connections can be soldered back to repair the malfunctioning display. You just need to find a shop that specializes in such repairs. Another alternative is to search for used parts in garages and salvage yards. You can find used units in good condition in these places, and all you have to do is to properly inspect the parts to ensure that they're still working properly.
I bought my Toyota Prius V to a mechanic because of a screeching problem with my brakes, and it turned out both my brake pads and rotors already need to be replaced. The parts and labor are a bit pricey, so I'm trying to look for some way to save on cost. I read that there are cases when the rotors may simply have to be repaired and not necessarily replaced. Any tips on this?
Machining can be done on a rotor in order to fix it, remove the grooves, and smoothen its surface. But, this is not applicable to rotors that are already too thin because this will compromise their structural integrity, which could then lead to more serious problems. Ask your mechanic if your rotors can still be machined. If that's not an option, then you might really have to shell out for replacements.