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    Had an opportunity to do the 90K service on a 14 Prius v. Oil change, air filter, cabin filter, brake fluid flush, trans fluid, engine coolant, inverter coolant and tire rotation. All done in just under 2 hours. It is amazing how easy these cars are to work on and how inexpensive they can be to maintain. I think my cost on all of the parts was only ~$110.


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    Savings over a dealer (with your [email protected]$50-140/hr) ....$500-800+

    Knowing it was actually done..... and done correctly.....Priceless!

    :) Sweet!...here is to another 90k miles on that Prius!
     
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    Nice! That hoist must be a huge time saver. (y)
     
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    is that really the 90k service?
     
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    It’s about right. I’m guessing he inspected the brake pads while he had the wheels off, maybe lubricate the sliding pins.

    The two coolants have different intervals, but may as well do them together.
     
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    Depends who you talk to. For me, every 30K service gets both air filters and brake fluid. At the 90K service I service both coolant loops. Plugs get done at 120K.

    I typically service WS transmissions at 60K intervals. This one was done once at 30K, so it is receiving its second trans service at 90K.

    Not really. I could have done this on the ground in a similar timeframe, but the clean-up would have taken a lot longer.
     
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    Mike, can you tell us about the gizmo you’ve attached to the coolant reservoir?
     
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    Airlift™ Kit | Cooling | UView

    It is a vacuum filler for cooling systems. It evacuates most of the air from the system prior to filling. For certain applications, it is a lifesaver.


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    What's your vacuum source?
     
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    Love the non-oem fluid theme (y)
     
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    It uses shop air. The filler utilizes the venturi effect to draw a vacuum on the system.

    The "GC" coolant is made by CCI, which is the supplier of the Genuine Toyota coolant.
    Idemitsu is supposedly a supplier of WS to Toyota.

    I highly doubt that either product is 100% identical to the stuff sold under the Genuine Toyota label, but it is probably still better than using a multi-vehicle atf or an universal "all makes/models" coolant.
     
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    Must be nice to have a personal lift :whistle::whistle:
     
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    I saw one in use in a video and wish I had one. So I looked it up and found it on Amazon for about $129. I might be tempted when it gets closer to time to change coolant. I have mixed feelings. Kind of dear when I think about not really NEEDING it, but liking the time savings. But compared to paying a shop, one use would pay for the purchase. Hmmmm.
     
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    Watching @NutzAboutBolts video, where he does the engine coolant change just running in maintenance mode and topping it up occasionally, I think it's not that hard.

    Do you have a compressor Jerry? If not, another big step.
     
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    Compressor? Not required, not even a big step. We did both coolant change on mine at our meetups w/o one. Easy peasey.
     
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    Vacuum filling the cooling system makes the outcomes more consistent by ensuring that most air is removed. Any bleeding afterwards is almost icing on the cake.

    It is not critical on the Gen3’s since they are not very problematic, but it is absolutely necessary on the Gen 2 if you are not using the bleed screws.


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    And your method lets you verify that there are no cooling system leaks.
     
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    Yeah I've heard that. There's a second gen engine coolant change video I've watched, and it's arduous!

    Well if you get that gizmo it's required, it needs a strong vacuum source.
     
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    I could not imagine life without an air compressor. How do people get anything done without one?? :D

    Edit to add, that would be as bad as not having a multimeter.
     
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