Hybrid Battery Repair, Hybrid Battery Recharging is cheaper!
Has your hybrid been sitting for a long time and now the engine will not start? Have you repeated tried to crank the engine till it turned slow and now will not start. We can recharge the battery. If the battery is not at the end of it's life the solution is to recharge the battery. Some dealers and repair personnel will try to sell you a new battery. That is not the solution.
We also can do repairs, however for battery near the end of their life we do not recommend them.
The 2004 to 2009 Prius had battery modules were individual cells would fail when the rest of the pack still had some life in it. As a result individual cells would start to fail and you could fix this by replacing individual modules (6 cells in a 04-09 Prius module). On newer packs individual cells now rarely fail. For example on a 2010+ Prius based on experience with Uber drivers in Los Angeles they fail at 200,000 miles and the entire pack just has no capacity left.
We firmly believe that your best investment is to replace your battery with new one or one from a lower mileage vehicle. Here is why:
- Once a few modules have failed the rest are not too far behind. Several of our customers with lower mileage failures have gotten a year or more. That is a very good investment but they all do not.
- If you want a repair and are 50 miles from Sylmar, CA we will do it but no warranty!
- New modules really are new. We recently bought some from Toyota that were only 6 months old another 4 months old. I am talking about the actually manufacture date of the modules that make up battery. Not the final assembly date.
- New packs are made with the latest battery chemistry. They are more efficient (a 1% mpg increase), generate less heat, have more capacity and last longer with the individual cells no longer failing.
." Primearth (used to be called Panasonic) boasts a 100% share of Toyota hybrids.
All of Primearth’s current NiMH batteries are its NP2.0 type, which has an output density of 1,300 watts/kg." , "Primearth Says Toyota Eyes U.S. Battery Plant" May 15, 2017 Roger Schreffler | WardsAuto
- We can rebuild packs with new modules for the Prius 2004-2015 (including Prius C and V), Camry Hybrid 2007+, Lexus CT200h 2011+, Lexus ES300h 2013+, Lexus GS450h 2007 - 2011 & 2013+, Lexus HS250h 2010 ï¿½ 2012, Lexus LS600h 2008+ for far less than you might think call us. 818-364-9810
- Yunk yard packs have gotten expensive. We sometimes offer good deals Check are listings below.
- New 2004 to 2009 Prius replacement packs are updated to the latest standards. From what I have read and observed with my meter the internal resistant of the Nickle Metal Hydrate battery was decreased in 2010. This means less heat, longer life and a more efficient battery. (Recently I looked at a 2010 battery that had 200,000 miles on it. It had only .03 voltage variation across the pack.)
- If you are a high mileage driver (for example: Lyft & Uber) a new pack or rebuilt pack from a low mileage junk is the best way to go. (Least cost per mile.) Again we can offer rebuilt packs at prices that are below what you would expect. If you do not drive that much and want a newer used batteries and are in the Los Angeles Area give we do get them in but they sell fast. Call 818 364 9810.
Toyota Hybrids: Prius, Camry Hybrid, Lexus CT200h, Lexus ES300h, Lexus GS450h, Lexus HS250h, Lexus LS600h Our price includes a 1 months warranty. Price also includes replacement of one module additional modules are $40 each.
When you get an red triangle of death and OBD error code P3006 or a odb ERROR CODE PAO80 and your hybrid (high voltage, traction) battery has failed it does not have to be a huge expense. Usually it a just one cell that have failed Prius before 2010. We can disassemble the pack and replace the module (6 cells) that has gone bad. This is $3,000 to $4000 cheaper than replacing the whole pack. However, for a long term fix we recommend replacing the entire pack.
We warranty it for one month.. We will repair or replace a defective battery that is within 50 miles of Sylmar, CA or no further than 50 miles more than from where we original replaced it. Excludes battery that have been physically damaged. [We have been in business since 2000 and selling batteries to hybrid car owners since 2005]
Nissan Altima Hybrids:
They use the same batteries as the Prius and we repair them for $400
Price: Price includes onereplacement modules additional modues are $40 that have failed and marginal modules that will failed in the future.
I reached out to Bernie when my 2006 Prius hybrid battery failed in December of 2015 (the dreaded red triangle of death). He had treated me well with a replacement 12V rear battery the year before. At the time he had a battery from a junked Prius with 108k on it. Mine was just past warranty at 153k. I drove up to Sylmar and within a couple of hours, we had the new battery installed and working great! Bernie knew his Prius battery systems backwards and forwards. I just hung around and held the proverbial flashlight. That was over a year and a half ago and not a single issue since. If you have to replace your hybrid battery, go see Bernie, he knows his stuff and is reliable, professional, experienced and a good guy. Respect and thanks -Kevin P. Los Angeles" September 2017
You pack has already survived the warranty period! (If not contact a Toyota dealer about getting the pack replaced under warranty.)
This was accomplished by using a battery computer (battery ECU, Electronic Control Unit) dedicated to monitoring and preserving your hybid battery.
Most of the time it has carefully maintained the level of charge in your battery in a tight band to extend life. This significantly extends the life. The results is that most of the modules in your pack will give you several more years use. If you battery pack has less than 100,000 miles (2001 to 2003) or 200,000 miles (2004 or newer) ( This can be less than the car miles if the pack was replaced already.) Repair can be a good good investment if the mileage is low if high usually not!
If hybrid is in the Los Angeles area give us a call at 818 364 9810. We will come to you and repair your battery.
We can also fix other problems like a P3030 which can be just a broken wire. P3030 can also mean the battery has sat for a long time and the voltages are low. Call us with the error codes.
"Bernie did a great job on my 2002 Toyota Prius. It had stopped running and many indications pointed to having to replace the hybrid battery, which is quite expensive. These indications included the "check engine" light and codes indicating the need for extensive work. Bernie replaced two cell packs in the hybrid battery, did some other tune-up work, and the codes disappeared. My Prius has been running great, including both short commutes and longer road trips, and my mileage has improved. Thanks Bernie!"
Below is the side of the battery showing the bus bar and the sensor wires the battery computer uses to measure internal resistances between modules in the pack. In the case of a 2001 to 2003 Prius each block is three modules and these code isolate the problem to two or three modules. (click on the picture to enlarge it.) ODB II error code P3011 = the first two modules and the connections to the third module (what is between the first and 2nd sense wire), P3012 = 3rd and 4th module plus connection to the 5th module. P3013,P3014,P3015,P3016,P3017,P3018,P3019,P3020, etc. just continue down the pack one sense wire at a time. The picture is not crooked and the battery is mounted that way to allow even air flow between the battery modules. The air comes in from the bottom left and the space decrease as it moves to the right helping to even out the air flow between each battery module.
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Below is a picture of the worst battery modules we have seen, These came out of a 2002 Prius that had been driven after the error codes were displayed. (Probably a lot.) When we found the modules the following ODBII codes P3000,P3006, P3020, P3023, P3024 were displayed. This is a good reason to not keep driving a hybrid after the error codes have indicated a main battery failure. (Toyota hybrids can be driven in a very degraded fashion after the main battery has failed and this one was. It is hard on the battery and the motor generators in the transmission.) The obvious damage shows what goes wrong with a pack. Just a few cells fail. We can fix this and have your car running like normal again. Normally the damaged cells are not so obvious but we find them and fix your pack.
It is also an indication of how safe the nickel metal hydrate battery design is as the surrounding cells were blackened but showed no obvious physical damage. If you look at the modules you will see that there are six cells and only one of them shows obvious damage and the modules were still putting out 6 volts. Also, the ridges between each cell on the side of the modules are there to create spacing between each module and the air is forced up to keep the modules cool.
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