Is a Hybrid Battery Replacement a DIY Job?
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Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery Replacement Warning

Are you a Prius owner or considering on buying a Prius and wondering just how long it is possible for the hybrid battery to last in a Prius and what it takes to replace one? Here’s some useful information on what you need to know especially if you are considering replacing the battery yourself.
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In previous articles we’ve covered some DIY jobs Prius owners can do with their vehicles as well as discover whether or not it is a good idea to buy a cheaper replacement Hybrid battery from an aftermarket battery source.

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In a more recent Prius show and tell we will find out what goes on toward replacing a Hybrid battery through a Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel episode, where its host---Peter---walks viewers through a visual of what a Hybrid battery for a Prius looks like during unpacking for a 2007 Toyota Prius that appears to have been well maintained and has clocked in over 190,000 miles on it.

Is This a DIY Job?

According to the host this is one DIY job you should not attempt on your own without proper training and certification. The risk from a serious shock that can be life threatening as well as result in damage to an expensive new battery (roughly $4500 in parts and labor), together should be enough to deter even the most dedicated DIY mechanic.

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Even so, despite his warning about trying this yourself, Peter does a good job of explaining what one of these Hybrid batteries looks like as well as its wiring to give you an idea what a mechanic is involved with whenever you have a Hybrid battery replaced in your Prius.

Toyota Prius Hybrid Battery

And finally…

For additional articles related to the Toyota Prius, here are a few for your consideration:

Fuel Efficiency You Can Expect from an Old Toyota Prius

Protecting Your Prius from Catalytic Converter Theft

Used Hybrids and Hatchbacks with the Best Fuel Economy Say Consumer Reports Analysts

COMING UP NEXT: The Truth About Tesla Says This Mechanic

Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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