2010 Prius, 103K - dealer recommended $829 maintainance?

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  1. Ultralight

    Ultralight Junior Member

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    Thanks in advance for any help. Just signed up to Prius Chat today. Wow, should have checked in here earlier.

    At 103K mile for my 2010 Prius, dealer said I needed to:

    1. Transmission Fluid Exchange (flush). I know this is legit.
    2. Cooling System flush and refill.
    3. Inverter Coolant flush and refill.
    4. Throttle Body cleaning.
    5. Engine air filter.
    6. Cabin air filter change.

    Wants $829?

    Does this sound right? I can't find the two coolant flush and throttle body cleaning listed on

    attachments.priuschat.com/attachment-files/2015/07/77807_2010_Prius_Maintenance_Schedule_US.pdf

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    UL
     
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    All of those you can do yourself if you decide to do it. Look at the sticky and you will find videos for them. Or you can look on Youtube and look for NutzAboutBolts.
     
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  3. Montgomery

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    Especially the Transmission fluid exchange. That is really easy according to the videos. I would look at the videos and do the ones that are easy for you to do and leave the others for the mechanic.
     
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    that's a pretty legit list, albeit a bit early. congrats to the dealer for that. get a breakdown of each service and shop it around. i think you can find $500. or better.
     
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    Both coolant changes (No flush is required, just drain-and-fill.) are listed in the official maintenance schedule (and on the parts themselves), but at higher mileages than you have so far. Maybe doing them early will minimize future problems if you plan keeping the car a long time, maybe not.
     
  6. Ultralight

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    Thank you everyone for helping me, a newbie. I'll carry through with all the recommendations.

    Thanks!
     
  7. NutzAboutBolts

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    1.) 4 WS fluid = $37.99 on Ebay
    2.) Engine coolant = 1 gallon 1/2 3.) Inverter coolant = 1/2 gallon. Total 2 gallons = $48.68 for 2 gallons on Amazon
    4.) Throttle body cleaning = $4.99 at AutoZone
    5.) Engine filter = $16.50 on Amazon
    6.) Cabin filter = $18.03 on amazon

    Total $126.19

    you can do this all yourself and you will save $702.81. I think its worth it to do this yourself. All the video's on my channel. Have fun, and be safe :)
     
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  8. Rebound

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    The two coolant fluid changes and transaxle fluid change are NOT flushes. All three are drain and refill only.
     
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    JimN Let the games begin!

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    Yes, be safe. Whether it's a house or a car no good comes from one dropping on you.
     

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  10. Mendel Leisk

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    Does he refer to a certain Toyota USA Maintenance Interval, ie: 100,000 (or 120 months) or 105,000 mile (or 126 months)? Assuming this an overdue 100,000 mile service:

    1. It calls for engine coolant change, but not the inverter circuit. The latter is delay 'till 150,000 miles (or 180 months). That said, it's not a crime to jump the gun, might be good to do both at the same time. FWIW, the Canadian Schedule recommends to do both, around the time of the US engine coolant interval.

    2. He makes no mention of brake inspection? It's in the schedule. Dealerships (and owners) seem to ignore brakes, till they break, lol. And there's more to it than pad thickness. How about brake fluid change? Toyota Canada's now recommending periodic change for Prius, from 2014 onwards I believe. The US schedule too? Not sure.

    3. Transaxle fluid change is "legit" imho, however Toyota USA makes NO mention of it. Personally, I would have done that about 90,000 miles earlier.

    4. Engine air filter inspection? Change? Definitely take this one on yourself, and first: just check it, it may be just fine.

    5. Cabin air filter replacement: see above.

    6. Throttle body cleaning, again: not in the schedule, but periodically worthwhile. But relatively easy.

    For the coolant and throttle body cleanings, do check out @NutzAboutBolts videos.

    For reference:

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    Also, I'll attach the transaxle fluid instruction:
     
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    The maintenance schedule you posted is the same as mine, and it recommends to "Replace engine/inverter coolant" at 100k, and then every 50k thereafter.
     
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    Mendel Leisk 'Orrible Oracle

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    Look at footnote 3 on the second page. I had to have explained to me, lol. Still, no harm in doing them together.
     
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    Duh! I need to lern to reed gooder! :confused:
     
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    Well it's confusing as heck. It says "replace engine/inverter coolant", in the 100,000 mile maintenance. Then, footnote #3 basically says: don't do that, do this. Piss poor editorial oversight.
     
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    I skipped the "replace engine" part.
     
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    "Replace engine" is scheduled for whenever the old one's thirst for oil exceeds 1 liter/1000 km, or the head gasket fails.
     
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    I decided to do what others do for the transaxle fluid on this one; I replaced my engine at 10,000 miles just to get rid of any loose debris from manufacturing and early break-in, and now I do it every 50,000 miles from then on just to keep it clean.

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