West Coast options for hybrid battery replacement?

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  1. mcbrunnhilde

    mcbrunnhilde Opera singin' Prius nut!

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    It appears that my battery is feeling its age. When I first start it and it's under a load (e.g. having the A/C on), it'll go down to two bars within half a mile. I was recently gone for several weeks, and even with the Smart Start turned off, it went down to two bars almost immediately. It'll go back up to 6 bars fairly quickly, but I'm pretty sure I'm looking at a replacement sooner rather than later. I can't really complain...it's a 2004 and I just passed 292,000 miles.

    Soooo...does anyone know of a shop that can do either a replacement with a (hopefully good) salvage battery, or maybe check it out to see if it's simply a few faulty cells? I'm in San Diego, but I could travel just about anyplace within reason. I'm planning a trip to the Bay Area in late April in case there's someplace up there.

    I very much appreciate any help/advice. The car itself is in wonderful condition, so I really don't want to junk it yet.
     
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    There’s a couple in LA and San Fran.
    Not sure if they’ll do salvage.

    Have you heard of the $1,600. New cell option sold by one of our members?
     
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  3. mcbrunnhilde

    mcbrunnhilde Opera singin' Prius nut!

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    No, I have not! FYI nothing about the battery has failed that I know of...no codes, no red triangle of death, etc. Given the number of miles, I have, I'm wondering if it makes sense to replace it proactively, or should I wait for complete failure?
     
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    Nothing that you have described sounds like a battery "failure". Certainly the battery may be weak after 292K miles but if the car is still running OK and not showing any trouble lights, then I would not worry. Save up the $3K to pay for a traction battery replacement when that time comes.

    This is the $1,600 option: New Prius Battery Kit (GEN2, 2004-2009) - New Prius Batteries LLC
     
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    ditto^

    no need to replace proactively, as it fails with plenty of warning, and time to consider your options. do you due diligence now, so you're prepared if and when the time comes.
    some well used batteries last a long time.
     
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    Ditto^ and ditto^^.
     
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    You might benefit greatly from a battery conditioning. See if someone in the San Diego area has a Prolong system you can rent or share the cost of. All you would have to do is buy the wiring harness and install it (or have it installed). I'm pretty sure a thorough conditioning session for your battery is going to require the car to be out of service for a week. At the car's age it's most likely not worth the cost of buying a Prolong system just for your car alone. I'd be happy to do the reconditioning in my garage with my Prolong system for but you'd have to leave the car here and I'm about 125 miles up the 5 freeway from you.
     
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    2k1Toaster Brand New Prius Batteries

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    I know of a guy in LA (Pacoima) that does the cheapo whack-a-mole and also has installed our packs. He's mobile, so could probably meet you in the middle...
     
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    Thanks so much for your replies, folks!!! The Prolong system looks intriguing, and I'm sure it would be beneficial for my battery. A concern I had was that I'm going to take a cross-country trip this summer (probably about 5-6 weeks and around 10,000 miles), and I really didn't want to have a failure in the middle of nowhere!

    srellim234, thank you for your very kind offer! I'm planning to drive up to the Bay Area on Thursday 4/25 and come home on Tuesday 4/30. Would it be possible to drop by to meet you either day to discuss things? I always go 15/91/71/57/210, so you'd be a very short detour...
     
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    yeah, i would probably rent a car for that
     
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    I'll start a private conversation with you so we can chat about it. I won't be able to do it that week because I'll be in Mesa, AZ for my brother in law's wedding. I I think we're coming home Monday 4/29 so we could definitely meet and set something up on your way home.

    You're right; it's not much of a detour. Your trip would be 15 straight up to the 210. I'm only a block off of it.. Another 15 miles down the 210 and you're back on your normal route.
     
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    hey, no fair....I want to come. I went to college near you. Indeed, me olde dad said I was the Pride of Cucamonga.

     
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    APU, ULV or CSUSB?
     
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    Even closer. I don't know when you were down here last. The College sold the little golf course and driving range it owned across the street from Claremont High School. I really miss it.
     
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    With that mileage the traction battery might not be the first thing to go. What if the engine goes first?
     
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