Prius Transmission Service Schedule - Toyota Prius Forum : Prius Online Toyota Forums
User Tag List

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2006, 01:31 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Default Prius Transmission Service Schedule

How often is it recommended to have the transmission serviced on a Prius?

The Service Manual does not really say anything about the transmission other then having it serviced on a regular schedule. I'm approaching 15,000 miles, and the manual does not show it recommended there or at 30,000 miles which is the norm for many vehicles.

The dealer has a package deal for 15,000 miles that includes transmission service, but I'm not sure it is needed on the Prius.
DanEntler is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2006, 09:02 AM
Senior Member
 
firepa63's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 2,243
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Default

Just follow the service recommendations in the Owner's Manual. You can also get recommended service here http://smg.toyotapartsandservice.com/guides.php?. You are a long way for needing transmission service at 15K miles.
firepa63 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2006, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 14
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Default Link to maintenance schedule

Thanks, That link will come in quite handy.
DanEntler is offline  
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-09-2006, 01:02 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Tampa Bay
Posts: 7,162
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Send a message via AIM to DanMan32 Send a message via MSN to DanMan32
Default

It says to check the fluid at 60K, but doesn't have a replacement interval.

Unlike conventional transmissions, the transmission has no shifting gears or hydraulic controls or sensors. So the fluid has a very easy life. Doesn't get very hot, and whatever heat it does generate is coolant cooled along with the inverter. It's easy to change too. No harder than a standard transmission.
DanMan32 is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 04:24 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Newborn, Georgia
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DanMan32
It says to check the fluid at 60K, but doesn't have a replacement interval.

Unlike conventional transmissions, the transmission has no shifting gears or hydraulic controls or sensors. So the fluid has a very easy life. Doesn't get very hot, and whatever heat it does generate is coolant cooled along with the inverter. It's easy to change too. No harder than a standard transmission.
I need to change my inverter coolant can I buy this from the dealer? And what is involved in this?

2001 Silver Prius

iggy1iggy is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-09-2006, 10:25 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Default fluid talk

Iggy, both the engine and inverter coolant loops use the same stuff, Toyota long life coolant, red. Both are supposed to be changed on 30k mile intervals.

Bleeding air bubbles out of fthe inverter coolant loop is supposed to be the hard part and I have not done it. But I can post the tech manual pages on that here if you want.

DAS
tochatihu is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 09:29 AM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Newborn, Georgia
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Default Re: fluid talk

Quote:
Originally Posted by tochatihu
But I can post the tech manual pages on that here if you want.

DAS
oh please I am over due to do this and I was trying to figure out how to do it myself

2001 Silver Prius

iggy1iggy is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 12:56 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Default inverter coolant change

These two excerpts from the tech manual were copied from the files section of the Yahoo Prius_Technical_Stuff group. Again please be aware that incomplete air-bleeding is a hazard. Apparently, seeing the fluid "churn" in the reservoir (Prius on) is an indication that it has been done correctly.

DAS
Attached Images
File Type: jpg coolant1.jpg (29.7 KB, 185 views)
File Type: jpg coolant.jpg (120.2 KB, 186 views)
tochatihu is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 03:02 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Posts: 1,397
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Default Re: fluid talk

Quote:
Originally Posted by tochatihu
Iggy, both the engine and inverter coolant loops use the same stuff, Toyota long life coolant, red. Both are supposed to be changed on 30k mile intervals
According to the owners manual for the 2004, this doesn't need to be done until 100,000 miles.
redwein is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 05:35 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 582
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Default coolant types

Redwein, you are correct. The new model Prius uses Toyota super long life coolant (pink). First change 100k, subsequents at 50k intervals. The classic Prius uses Toyota long life coolant (red). Always changed at 30k intervals. Hope I got all that right. Anyway, the question was about the classic and I did not mean to mislead. We do seem to be hijacking a transmission fluid thread here.

I'd like to know why we classic drivers could not change over to the pink stuff and do 50k mile intervals. Nobody has explained that to me yet.

I tried to attach the images of coolant change before, but do not see them here now. Wha happened?

DAS
tochatihu is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Transmission Flush or Transmission Drain/Replace? Phish Phood Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 15 09-05-2015 01:52 PM
01 Prius transmission Joekingiam Toyota Prius Technical - Q & A 7 10-18-2007 09:33 AM
Regular service schedule mr.fadedglory Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 6 01-15-2006 07:00 PM
Allocation Schedule scilady Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 12 07-26-2004 04:30 PM
Prius transmission autopsy Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 10 05-28-2002 01:20 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome