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  1. eDad

    eDad Junior Member

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    Just want to introduce myself from Miami FL

    2008 Lipstick Red Prius (not sure if its touring) Over 118k, out of warranty, now taking maintenance into my own hands

    - Currently needs an oil change (maintenance light on)
    - the red warning symbols appears every once and a while when I brake or turn too hard ???
    - terrible mileage


    Will need plenty of help, thanks for being here guys!
     

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  2. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    Easiest way to tell if it is touring, if it has 16 inch wheels it is, if it has 15 inch wheels it is not. The rear spoiler is longer on touring.

    Best of luck! Welcome to PriusChat!
     
  3. eDad

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    Thank you Jimbo, so swift with the response! I also have other questions as well, just updated.... again thank you Jimbo!

     
  4. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    Usually, you are low on some fluid, most likely oil, that gets too low when g-forces push it horizontally. Try topping up low fluids: oil, engine coolant, inverter coolant, (same fluid, different loop) brake fluid, washer fluid, etc. if they look low.

    If it is new to you, clear all trip odometers and measure gas mileage again.
     
  5. eDad

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    DAMN JIMBO YOU'RE THE MAN,
    well aware of the odometer situation, but thank you anyway

    satisfied user, will come back soon Jimbo

     
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  6. JimboPalmer

    JimboPalmer Tsar of all the Rushers

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    Once you have questions needing in depth answers, you will find others are the true stars here. I try to handle easy stuff quick;y so they can focus on the challenges. (I am a fanboi of Bob Wilson and Patrick Wong just to name two of the greats)

    (I serve the same function answering networking questions here Networking Matrix - Ars Technica OpenForum Taking the easy questions so the experts can think about the hard ones)
     
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    welcome! looks like jimbo has you covered, all the best!(y)
     
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  8. ILuvMyPriusToo

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    Yup, he was serious about checking the oil. If you are low enough to trigger the light on corners, you are in the danger zone. Top off until you do that needed oil change!
     
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    Welcome!

    bisco, is Jimbo that fat?? :LOL:
     
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    Doy tune up. Pretty easy. Spark plugs pvc valve oil trans fluid air filters but when you get that red triangle have a diag done at an auto zone its free if you go to toyota theyll charge you like 100 bucks. The triangle could be your 12v. Also check your tire pressure that can affect gas milege as well. My guess tune up an new 12v an tire pressure check. The amount of air for tires are on your drivers side door i believe tells you back tire pressure an back. Make sure your tires are these pressures to get the best gas milege
    If you need help on the tune up let me know. Iam a female an did it myself.

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  11. eDad

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    Posted via the PriusChat mobile app.[/QUOTE]
    Thank Honey2017!!! I started a new thread with for my NEW A/C ISSUE ::sarcasm:: & MPG issues because it definitely was a low amount of oil that was triggering the red triangle. But my problems now could be battery related. I can't tell yet. Im getting absolutely mad at the fact that this might end up going back to the dealership. Community, help!...
     
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    The good news is that you should be able to tackle any of the systems on the Prius for $1k or under by diagnosing and doing the work yourself. If battery, read up on replacing bad cells yourself. They can be bought for $40-50 a piece online. I think there are 35 or so of them in the battery pack.
     
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    Easiest way to tell touring (from a distance) is 16" wheels have 7 spokes (15" regulars have only 6 spokes) - (just sayin') BTW Welcome to PriusChat! (OK, I know I'm late to the party (…so what's new?)) you'll love it here, some great people, and a few old curmudgeons like wot I am! :eek: :rolleyes:;)
     
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