Needed to replace key fob battery

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  1. mariannaatl

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    Dealer charges $99.00 which is such a rip off. Had it done at Batteries and Bulbs for a whopping $7.99!!!!
     
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    The price difference goes towards the Service Dealer Manager's boat payment.
     
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    Pack of 5 for $5. Put one in your glove box as a spare.
     
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    That's what I did last year. You can get 20 for $7.99 but I'm not sure what I'd do with 20 and at $1 each I'd rather get a brand I know.
    BTW. Its a very easy change. You slide out the mechanical key which then reveals a slot that you fit the end of the key into to pry open the case.
     
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    Once inside the case, everything seems pretty exposed/vulnerable. You want to have clean spot, good lighting. Just remember that puppy can cost up to $400 to replace as you're working on it. :)

    (If you're over 50 you might want to have your reading glasses handy.)

    Watch repair places are pretty good at this too. Only the best for my... Casio.
     
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    Bought a battery at my dealer "AutoNation- Orlando FL". Parts department
    installed it with no charge.
     
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    welcome! dealer has factory trained prius experts replacing the battery, not some monkey at a light bulb store. they don't come cheap!
     
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    Just replaced mine. Bought the batteries(4pack) on line, free shipping for under $5.00. It took about 1 minute. It certainly isn't rocket science.
     
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    The Prius Expert assigned to swap out a fob battery must be on the Service Manager's crap list. You'll have to consume an awful lot of donuts & coffee to get your money's worth out of that trip.

    For what a retail store gets for 1 battery you can buy a blister pack on line. They last a long time but even if you use just 2 you're ahead.
     
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    $99 you say? Homer Simpson, himself, couldn't even break even on the comp. donuts !
     
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    Even 7.99 is too much for most likely a cheap quality battery that bulbs and batteries carry usually.

    The best battery for the price is Maxell(hologram packaging). Made in Japan and cost about $2 online.

    Plenty Youtube videos show you step by step on how to do it.
     
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    opening an old fob for the first time can be a challenge. like spark plugs, they should be serviced annually.
     
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    Actually, the key itself has a tool right at the tip to pop open the key fob. Bet you dint know that!
     
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    Or, once every 5 years whether they need it or not.
     
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    Here's a video you can do within a Minute. lol
     
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    The replacement certainly doesn't look like Rocket Science.
    And $99? Ridiculous.
    When the time comes to replace mine? I'll do it myself.
     
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    I did the one's we had for our Gen II Prius. Those looked harder than the Gen III one's, at least as far as the videos go...

    If I need one, I plan on doing it myself OR have the parts guy I know at the stealer do it for me. It is interesting what the parts dept. people will do for free that the service dept. people will charge you for.
     
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    i had no idea, is it like a screwdriver? i haven't done one since my '08. they practically last forever, like the 12v and hybrid.
     
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    Yes, the end is shaped like a screwdriver. Slide yours out and you will see both that and the slot to open the case that it fits into.
     
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    thanks! great idea, the gen II was a pain.
     
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