Hybrid Battery Failed - 2012 C

Discussion in 'Prius c Technical Discussion' started by RobAustin, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. RobAustin

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    Update:

    Picked my car up from the dealer, (their final offer $2,700.)
    Happily, a friend offered to help, and the swap took just under two hours.
     
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    Should be $0.00 for you since, as @Rmay635703 said, it's still under warranty.
     
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    Cknitin, model C has a much smaller (0.9kw/h) battery than the regular Prius(1.3) It might be unrealistic for us to expect them to last as long as their big brothers.
     
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    Congrats on the find... pic
     
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    Pics of the 2016 salvage battery pack I bought from LKQ in New Braunfels.
     

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    I don't know much about the Prius C but if the battery pack is made with the same high quality battery cells Toyota uses in the standard Prius and the same battery management system I see no reason why the C should be a shorter life battery.
    With a smaller lighter car and probably fewer cells it should last longer would be my guess. The fewer cells would be less chance of one failing. This is just speculation on my part.
     
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    i agree. some batteries just fail sooner than others. it could be a factory defect, or a myriad of user factors. heat is one enemy.
     
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    The cells are the same, there is just less of them;).

    The weight of the c is also less, so less mass to move so it might be proportional.

    What I’d do rather than get the $250 core charge is sell the good modules for a profit:).

    You’ll get more than $250 back and help someone else out(y).
     
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    You’ll get more than $250 back and help someone else out(y).[/QUOTE]

    I would like to help someone else. I'm feeling grateful to PrusChat for everyone's guidance so far.

    Has anyone disassembled a C battery pack or tried to repair one? I didn't see any PriusC specific guides...

    If you guys are interested let me know, I still have a few days to decide.

    Rob
     

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    Based on that printout, block 3 has one module out, so you have 19 to sell;).

    To disassemble is not that hard, and all you need to do is have a multimeter to find the bad actor. If you put them up on eBay (or Craigslist) and ask $30 a module, that would be $570 you could obtain and then assist others:).

    There are plenty of YouTube videos on pack disassembly;).

    Good luck and keep us posted (y).
     
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    I always tell people seeking "goodwill" support to try...but not expect anything. Technically...it is past warranty.
    But that is a somewhat surprising response from Toyota.
    With only 18,000 miles above warranty, and only 6 years. I've definitely read of more extreme cases beyond warranty where Toyota in the past has stepped up and offered some level of goodwill support.

    That seems like a premature failure of the battery by regular Prius standards. And hopefully it's not indicative of a reality in general with Prius C.

    I bought my Prius in CARB state. And I fully expected at the VERY least 10 years, 150,000 miles...and that was only as the minimum warranty coverage expectation. I was honestly hoping for and expecting more.
    I would be very disappointed if I only got 118,000 miles and only 6 years.
     
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    My first post was wrong, it failed at only 115,000 miles.

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    WOW this is all news to me about the prius C being this bad...
    I thought all the batteries were the same as the regular prius and the body was different..
    this does explain why a local courier company in Tampa is selling 2012's & 2013's for under 7 grand..
    I was going to look at one next month as my 08 is getting up their in miles ..
    sorry yours failed and toyota will not stand behind it..
    guess i will not be buying a newer used prius..
     
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    The repair cost me $879 for a salvage 2016 battery. And the Install took less than 2 hours.

    Rob
     
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    Sounds great!! I assume this is non-refurbished?
     
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    good luck with it
     
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