Whether you already own a Toyota Prius or are looking to add one to your garage, it's important to understand this vehicle's maintenance needs. Let's take a closer look at the Prius and how to keep it in tip-top shape!
Finding a Partner in Prius Maintenance
The first thing to know about Prius maintenance--and, in fact, any vehicle service--is that you need the right partner. Not every auto repair shop is certified and prepared to work on your Prius, which means you need to do a little research to find someone with the right experience.
At Naylor's Auto Repair, we're Prius repair specialists. Why? Our owner, Steve Bowshier, has been working on these vehicles since they were released in 2000. On top of that, Steve received Toyota factory training that offered unique insight into the Prius and similar hybrid vehicles--which means we're equipped to be your Prius partner.
The Why, What, and When of Prius Maintenance
Once you've chosen a Prius maintenance partner, it's time to learn more about why service is so important--as well as what's needed and when. Here's a quick look:
Why Your Prius Needs Maintenance
Maintenance is an important part of car ownership. A little effort now can help keep your Prius running smoothly and reliably for years to come--not to mention save you time and money by avoiding bigger repairs or problems. On top of that, some maintenance tasks are directly related to your vehicle's safety (especially anything to do with tires and brakes). For this reason, it's important to stay on top of maintenance by making it a habit.
Keep in mind that not all maintenance requires a visit to the auto repair shop. Some tasks--generally the quick, safe ones like replacing your washer fluid or checking your tire tread--can be done right in your driveway. However, the bigger tasks should always be done by professionals--not just for your car's safety, but for yours, too.
What Your Prius Needs Done
When you first contact an auto repair shop about Prius maintenance, they'll likely want to get more information about your mileage, vehicle performance, and more. Based on these details, they generally recommend some of the following maintenance tasks:
- Brake Flush
The Prius design requires more brake fluid than other makes and models. This makes it somewhat difficult to completely clean your whole brake system with standard equipment--one more reason it's important to choose an expert in Prius maintenance. Although this service is generally recommended after 10 years or 100,000 miles, your auto repair shop might do it sooner depending on your needs.
Alignment isn't always necessary, but that depends on your driving style. Some people should have their tire alignment checked every 10,000 miles, but others can have it done every 20,000 miles. You should also have your alignment checked any time you notice uneven tire wear, performance problems, or other issues.
- Engine Tune-Up
Tune-ups help your engine run more efficiently, start up faster, and last longer. If you create and stick to a good tune-up schedule, you could even improve fuel economy. Your Prius maintenance expert will let you know what's necessary for your specific vehicle, mileage, and needs.
- Tire Rotation
Tire rotation helps make sure your tire tread is wearing equally. This is a normal part of tire care and can depend on your driving style and habits. Rotation should be performed regularly for best results.
When to Take Your Prius in For Maintenance
Prius maintenance comes in three intervals:
- Basic service: Every 5,000 miles.
- Intermediate service: Every 15,000 miles.
- Major service: Every 30,000 miles.
These aren't hard and fast rules, but should act as a guideline that can be personalized based on your vehicle and driving needs. Remember, your auto repair specialist can help you plan, schedule, and perform Prius maintenance at the proper intervals. They can also tell you which parts of the maintenance routine are most important and which you might be able to skip until your next "check-up."
Maintenance is a key part of Prius ownership, but you can't do it alone. A Prius maintenance expert can help you find out what your vehicle needs and when. Perhaps most importantly, the right auto repair shop will become your Prius partner, helping take care of your car for as long as you own it.
Looking for specialists in Toyota Prius maintenance? Contact us today!