2010 Prius IV solar roof showing sign of rust in the panel cells

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Main Forum' started by Jin, Feb 7, 2014.

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  1. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    On washing my car recently, during wipe down I discover my solar roof is showing signs of rust inside the glass panels, is anyone else having this issue? I don't do anything special to my prius' roof top except for cleaning since its above my height.... anyways should I be concern about this?.


    There is a problem with uploading my photos to priuschat directly, says error but doesn't say why I can't upload them...


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  2. cary1952

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    If it were my car I would be concerned. Take it in and have them fix it while it is under warranty.
     
  3. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    I need to know if any other Prius with solar roof owners have this issue, also how do I upload photo here? It kept saying error but doesn't say what the actual problem with my photo (took them with my cell).
     
  4. hybridbear

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    Try using Photobucket or another website to paste a link of the photo. It will then display the photo on the forum.
     
  5. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    Can anyone else check if their solar panel is having the same issue as mine?
     
  6. BZzap!

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    Those panels are most likely sealed, Nitrogen filled. It looks as if your panel is exhibiting inner condensation, perhaps. That would suggest that the seal has been compromised. I would definitely bring it to the attention of your dealer to see if you have any chance of it being replaced.
     
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  7. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    Is there TSB out for solar panel issues? Most likely dealer will say this is normal unless i bring some proof that says other wise, therefore does anyone that have solar roof check if their panel is showing this type of issue? This is 2010 model.
     
  8. css28

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    A quick search via Alldatadiy shows no TSB'S.

    There was a posting of your same situation over a year ago on this forum. I'll see if I can find it.
     
  9. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    Please do help, I'm not seeing much reply on this post, I wonder if there is any toyota tech on prius chat..
     
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    Mine is similar. Very similar.
     
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  12. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    He didn't buy the prius so there wasn't any replacement, this isn't so good is there anyway to get toyota rep to talk to on the priuschat?
     
  13. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    As in you have same issue as mine? Mine currently only have 45k miles, not sure what warranty will this be under.
     
  14. GardenWeasel

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    My 2010 has 61,000+. I just tried to take a pic...too dark in the garage. Mine has not worsened over the past year from when first discovered. Solar panel still works fine...so for the moment, I am doing a wait-and-see. Good news is it hasn't worsened. It's a race tween it and the release of the new style Prius. :)
     
  15. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    I wash my car top to bottom so I know it wasn't this much of rusting discoloration beforebefore, It got worst after we wait too long and go out of warranty. I already lost the 3 year/36k miles, but I'm hoping there is other warranty this can be cover under.
     
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    Your out of your basic warranty period, aren't you?
     
  17. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    I'm out of 3 years, 36k., its 4th year and 45k for me now.
     
  18. CheeseheadPrius

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    Scary. I will have to look at mine tomorrow. I'm also out of warranty and didn't buy the extended either.
     
  19. myPriusAcct

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    Mine has had discolouration around the edge of each cells for a long time and isn't getting worse. Panel seems to work fine. It's 4years old.


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  20. Jin

    Jin Blizzard PRIUS 2010, Nav+ solar roof

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    Is your gen 3? Did you try and get dealer to look at it and see if they can get you a replacement?
     
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