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Spark plug replacement and hybrid misfires

By |September 26th, 2014|

Routine maintenance improves the performance, fuel economy, and extends the life of your Toyota, Lexus or Scion. An oft neglected maintenance item is the spark plug.
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Prius 2004-2009 hybrid battery replacement

By |September 23rd, 2014|

CARspec had the opportunity to replace the high voltage traction battery on a 2005 Prius. We documented the process with some photos and explanations of what and why was going on.
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Replacing your Hybrid Battery – New vs. Rebuilt

By |September 8th, 2014|

As the population of hybrids ages, more people are experiencing hybrid battery (also known as the traction battery) failure due to cell variance, internal terminal corrosion, or as a result of overheating due to a clogged or failed fan.  Once the battery failure has been diagnosed the owner must decide what kind of replacement […]

Prius, Prius Plug-in, Prius V engine rattle/misfire fix: no longer available?

By |June 22nd, 2014|

Owners can help prevent the issue by letting the vehicle warm up fully before shutdown, occasionally accelerate briskly (when safe), and have the intake manifold inspected for excessive oil and water buildup below the throttle body.