This Guide would also be a good investment for the future. Hybrid batteries have a limited life span of 8 years or 150,000 miles on average. So if your car hasn’t had a bad battery yet you can be expecting it soon as the 8 year mark is coming up on all 01′-09′ Prius.
In the summer of 2008, I bought a Prius from a guy that forgot to mention that the Hybrid Battery was dying.
Two Months later, I had to take the car to my local Toyota dealership because none of the local shops would work on the car.
I needed to talk to some experts.I started researching how the batteries worked. I found some technicians that worked at Toyota dealerships that actually rebuilt the battery packs.
I spent time with retired mechanics and discussed the procedures with techs that werent afraid to get their hands dirty and save their customers moneyLots of money.
For a few hours work and less than $350, I rebuilt my own battery pack using the tools most people already own.
I put together a guide called, Guide to Saving $4000 on your Prius Hybrid Battery in 5 Easy Steps to help you do it yourself.
Step By Step Guide For Rebuilding A Generation I (2001-2003) Prius Battery With Generation II (2004-2009) Modules/Cells
Instructions on How to Repair Your Generation I (2001-2003) Battery with Used Generation I (2001-2003) Modules/Cells
We understand that you probably have ZERO EXPERIENCE dealing with Prius batteries. This guide was not written for a mechanic. It was written for ANYONE to be able to rebuild their own hybrid battery. We can and WILL save you THOUSANDS of dollars!
We created this simple step by step guide for you because we hate to see big companies taking advantage of the consumer, and we couldn’t find any help when we needed it. Toyota says rebuilding a hybrid battery is impossible so that they can sell you a new one for $4,000. They also say that nobody can touch a hybrid battery unless they are a certified hybrid mechanic! We assure you that none of that is true. There is no reason why YOU can’t save the money, and DO IT YOUSELF!
You don’t need to be a mechanic to rebuild your own Prius Hybrid battery. You don’t even need to have your own shop with all of the latest tools. All you will need is a few hand tools, a dry open area to rebuild your battery, and the ability to read and follow directions correctly!
I went Green to save money on gas, nobody told me I was going to have a $4,000 dollar problem after 7 years! This guide saved me a TON of money!
" I woke up one day, and my worst fear was realized when I went out to start my 2001 Toyota Prius, but it wouldn’t start!? I saw the dreaded TRIANGLE OF DEATH and my screen showed the MAIN Warning Light. After a trip to Toyota I had to face the reality that my hybrid battery bit the dust
I decided to go online and all I couldn’t find anything about rebuilding the batteries and the Hybrid Mechanic said It couldn’t be done. I came across this Guide and decided to give it a try.
A few days later after picking up the parts, and driving a borrowed car, I rebuilt my battery and put it back in my car and UREKA!! SUCCESS!!
I ended up rebuilding my battery for close to $500, plus the cost of the guide which is worth its weight in gold! "
Thank you so much for the bailout! I was just about to sell my car when I found this site. I was told you couldn’t rebuild Hybrid batteries but this guide makes it very easy.
A few months ago I was having some issues with my 2003 Prius so I brought it into the Toyota dealership, and they said that I had a few cells leaking acid in my hybrid battery.
They estimated the repair at around $3,400! I couldn’t believe that because of a few bad cells they had to replace the whole battery.
I did a little research and found this website. I thought it was worth a shot. The repairs would have only cost me around $100 but I decided to replace all of the cells to avoid doing it later (the car has just under 150k miles) and it only cost me $600 to replace all of the cells!
This is a post that was left in our forum on March/1st/2010! "Just completed my first rebuild of a Prius battery (2001). Followed the guide. All went well, except that we didn’t… Read more…