Trust a local garage for routine maintenance?

Discussion in 'Prius c Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by Chucktr, Jan 26, 2021.

  1. Chucktr

    Chucktr Junior Member

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    We have 3 vehicles in our family–2 Chevs and a 2015 Prius. My local garage is reliable and services a wide range of makes/models. I'm wondering if anyone's experience is the Prius is so quirky only the dealership can work on it?
    Thanks!
     
  2. Mendel Leisk

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    Oil changes and tire rotations are pretty routine. Brakes I do not know, there are some Prius specific gotchas. The car has a propensity to spit out caliper pistons if the 12 volt’s not disconnected. The transaxle needs a proprietary fluid (some will argue no). Brake fluid changes require the car to be in a special invalid mode. Coolant changes (plural) are a little tricky, not worth the risk?
     
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    Leadfoot J. McCoalroller Senior Member

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    In terms of stuff that's likely to happen to a 2015 prius c? they can handle the oil changes, filter changes, tire work, 12v battery, power door lock actuators, spark plugs and lamp replacements just fine.

    Coolant, brake & exhaust work: Just ask them if they're confident.

    Air conditioning & hybrid drive: ok now that's the tricky stuff, probably best held for dealer.
     
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  4. bisco

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    i do, but i'd ask them about familiarity if you need a hybrid related repair
     
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