One of the most important ways you can take care of your new (or new-to-you) car is by following the factory scheduled maintenance. Staying up-to-date on your Prius scheduled maintenance will help you protect your investment – and get the most out of your money in the long run.
Do I really need to do Prius scheduled maintenance?
We can’t say this enough, YES! You’ve put a lot of money into your car and you want it to last you a long time, right? Then you need to take care of it. If you perform the Prius scheduled maintenance when you’re supposed to, you’ll get better fuel efficiency and you’ll maintain your car’s value. Toyota has some tips for keeping your car running its best. Some tips for maintaining your Prius include:
- Use the right oil. Know which oil your specific Prius needs and use that oil! Don’t try to save money by using a cheaper oil. This can only hurt you (and cost way more money) in the long run.
- Change your air filter. This might seem like an unnecessary step, but according to the US Department of Energy, replacing clogged air filters can improve acceleration time on newer model cars (like your Prius) and improve gas mileage on older ones. It’s easy to fix and may not be necessary every time you get your oil changed, but it’s always worth a look.
- Check your tire pressure. This tip might seem like another no-brainer, but it’s one of those things that you can do yourself – as long as you have the right tools. Making sure your tires are properly inflated will improve your fuel efficiency and decrease normal wear-and-tear. Your tires, and your Prius, will thank you!
Do I have to go to a Toyota dealer to get maintenance done?
No, you do not have to visit a dealership to get your Prius maintenance taken care of. If you have a mechanic you trust, they should be able to take care of all your scheduled maintenance needs. If you don’t have a mechanic you trust but the thought of going back to a dealer to take care of something as simple as an oil change gives you the heebie jeebies, never fear! There are tons of ways to find a mechanic near you. Check out Yelp, Angie’s List, or even the ASE (National Institute for Automotive Excellence). Make sure they have the correct tools and certifications to work on your hybrid vehicle. You don’t want someone without experience with your Prius’s complex electrical systems and battery putting their hands on your car. Find a mechanic or shop with the ASE certified hybrid repair shop seal and you know your car will be taken care of. An important note: taking your Prius to a mechanic other than the dealer for regular scheduled maintenance will NOT invalidate your warranty. However, not performing the maintenance might! Be sure to take care of your Prius and follow the maintenance schedule.
How do I know what maintenance my Prius needs?
One way to keep on top of what type of service your Prius needs and when is to follow this rule of thumb:
- Minor Service – Every 5,000 miles or 6 months (10,000 or 6 months for synthetic oil)
- Intermediate Service – Every 15,000 miles or 18 months
- Major Service – Every 30,000 miles or 36 months (click here for a handy Prius maintenance chart)
Another easy way to keep track of your Prius maintenance schedule is by checking your owner’s manual. Don’t know where it is or where to find it? You’re in luck! Below we’ve put together an easy-to-use resource where you can just click and find your Prius’s specific maintenance guide.
2016 Prius Maintenance Guide
2015 Prius Maintenance Guide
2014 Prius Maintenance Guide
2013 Prius Maintenance Guide
2012 Prius Maintenance Guide
2011 Prius Maintenance Guide
2010 Prius Maintenance Guide
2009 Prius Maintenance Guide
2008 Prius Maintenance Guide
2007 Prius Maintenance Guide
2006 Prius Maintenance Guide
2005 Prius Maintenance Guide
2004 Prius Maintenance Guide
2003 Prius Maintenance Guide
2002 Prius Maintenance Guide
2001 Prius Maintenance Guide
Prius V (2012-present)
2016 Prius V Maintenance Guide
2015 Prius V Maintenance Guide
2014 Prius V Maintenance Guide
2013 Prius V Maintenance Guide
012 Prius V Maintenance Guide
Prius C (2012-2016)
2016 Prius C Maintenance Guide
2015 Prius C Maintenance Guide
2014 Prius C Maintenance Guide
2013 Prius C Maintenance Guide
2012 Prius C Maintenance Guide
Take Care of Your Prius and Your Prius Will Take Care of You!
Even though maintaining your Prius might seem like a hassle, it doesn’t have to be. Find a local automotive repair shop to help you perform scheduled maintenance and your Prius will keep running for a long, long time!
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