The Motorcells™ Guide to Toyota Prius Battery Problems

Real-world, practical experience with Toyota Prius HV battery issues is paramount when dealing with an aging Prius. Here is some wisdom after renewing thousands of Prius batteries for customers.

Firstly, do any of the following symbols look familiar? Is your mechanic telling you that they are reading a P0A80 code from your Prius?

Dashboard indicator lights for Toyota Prius Hybrid vehicle when the HV battery is not working properly.

1) Prius Dashboard Lights & Reduced Performance

Your check engine, VSC, triangle of death, and exclamation mark just came on. Your gas mileage has plummeted. Your Prius has over 100,000 miles and you’re afraid that the problem is your High Voltage (HV) Prius Battery. The big one.

A sense of panic comes over you – because this is the problem you’ve been dreading. Is your Prius’s time up?

First, take a deep breath. Your Prius may very well have a lot more time and miles left before going to the junk yard.

Second, remember that most Prius vehicles drive for 200,000+ miles without any major problems. These are amazing cars.

Now, practically speaking, where do you go from here?

2) Professional Diagnosis

First, it’s very important to accurately diagnose the issue. The Toyota Service Shop is a great place to start – but not the only place. Well-qualified and well-reviewed, reputable hybrid battery repair shops are another option. (ie. You can always give us a call). The key to diagnosis is to make sure that the mechanic has a powerful vehicle scanner that can pick up all of the correct codes. Most repair shop scanners do not pick up the appropriate codes – they only pick up very general-purpose codes (like a P0A80 code) – and diagnosis from these codes can be highly problematic and lead you to spend thousands of dollars without solving the true underlying problems with your vehicle. This is where experience and specialization are key.

Frankly, your local Toyota dealership is the best bet for Prius diagnosis if you’re not in or near the state of Indiana or Chicago where we can properly diagnose the vehicle for you. When requesting a diagnostic from Toyota, you need to request UPFRONT a detailed print-out of the diagnostic codes when they are finished. This should be included in the diagnostic fee at no additional cost. Make sure they hand you the print-out before paying for the diagnostic. You have to fight for your own interests as a consumer. If you are interested in a no-cost diagnosis, you can request a complimentary ODB II code reading from your favorite auto parts store – Autozone or O’Reilly’s, for example – then give us a call and tell us the codes. We can diagnose many issues right over the phone and are happy to talk you through your options.

3) Prius HV Hybrid Battery Repair or Replacement

After a proper diagnosis removes the possibility of a separate underlying issue (like an electrical fault, inverter water pump, or transmission issue), we can now – with confidence – replace your Prius HV battery with a Motorcells™ renewed high voltage (HV) battery. We perform a 10-step renewal process on all of our batteries, which culminates with actual drive time in a test vehicle. As a result, we warranty the batteries with a Standard 12-Month Warranty with an option to extend to up to 48 months.

The critical aspect for consumers is a proper, honest diagnosis of your Prius. We have heard about far too many people paying for a new Prius battery from the dealership, only to discover that the problem was not, in fact, the HV battery. Please, please, please – when in doubt – give us a call and we’ll give you a second opinion at no cost to you whatsoever.

WARNING: Toyota Service usually gets it right, but we have seen them misdiagnose underlying issues as HV battery issues.  You should call us to get a second opinion – we can give you some insight over the phone after a diagnosis from Toyota.

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Chad did a good job and saved us a lot of money. Our Prius is running great after he repaired the battery.
Lynette Quinn
15:26 21 Oct 17
My wife and I made two trips to visit with Chad and Tim before the purchase of our vehicle. Both gentlemen were genuine, honest and a pleasure to get to know. There were no high pressure sales tactics, or incessant sales phone calls, which unfortunately we had to deal with some other dealers. It's been about a month since the purchase of my car and I love it.
Michael RoBards
20:23 24 Jun 19
Was able to get my hybrid battery replaced for 1/4th of the dealer estimate and battery is working great. They also went above and beyond solving a safety problem with my back seat that was discovered in the course of replacing the battery.
Shannon O'Dell
14:02 10 Oct 20
Great honest service. I recommend Chad to do any hybrid battery work you may need. We got one day service. His expertise brought my 2007 Toyota Prius to new car performanc. Couldn't be happier. The best warranty I've ever seen in writing.
Betty Blankenship
15:01 17 Mar 18
Hi Chad! I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone. Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
I was calling and and asking for information before I even bought my Hybrid. Chad is great , honest and was very helpful. I really appreciated that he spoke with me even though I had not purchased the Hybrid Truck Yet.
David Hazen
17:46 09 Jan 19
Joe Shaw
21:24 24 Nov 19
Was quick! Delivery and installation in my drive way was more than i thought could be done. Very helpful indeed. Would of been 5 stars but one of my seat bolts needed rechased, the tool needed to do it was forgotten (not an event expected) as a result I now have to drive into Indianapolis to there shop to get it done.#thus4outof5
Tom Derrickson
11:57 09 Jan 19
Was quick! Delivery and installation in my drive way was more than i thought could be done. Very helpful indeed. Would of been 5 stars but one of my seat bolts needed rechased, the tool needed to do it was forgotten (not an event expected) as a result I now have to drive into Indianapolis to there shop to get it done.#thus4outof5
Tom Derrickson
11:57 09 Jan 19
Motorcells responded quickly to my call. I was very pleased with the price and how quickly my battery was replaced. Highly recommend.
Mendy McClain
10:49 19 May 20
Hi Chad! I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone. Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
Great and friendly service! Also quick on changing out the battery! Thank you Chad!
Norman Kelly
23:08 30 May 20
Chad and his services are trustworthy and transparent. He takes the time to list out options, prices, and important, detailed information of the whole battery process. He educates you and makes certain that you understand everything and answers all questions before proceeding. Even most important, he takes the additional time out of his busy schedule to build a relationship and connect. I appreciate the fast but quality worth work... not to mention the grand or two he saved my bank account from 🙂
DCMA beyond
14:01 19 Mar 18
Hi Chad!I wanted to let you know that I am very pleased with the service that I received on my 2006 Prius. Tim worked quickly, was very knowledgeable, thourough and professional. I'm thrilled to have my Prius up and runnin in no time! I would recomend your services to anyone.Dawn
Dawn Murphy
21:27 15 Apr 19
Fantastic service... On time, very quick repair at a reasonable price with warranty (hopefully will never have to use it). Will recommend to other hybrid owners.
Bradley Sneed
18:47 01 Aug 20
This shop was able to diagnose a problem that Toyota’s shop was unable to. That itself says a lot.... I’m glad to say that my Prius has been running fine since he came over to check out the hybrid battery and diagnose the problem.
Colly Baird
19:15 21 Oct 17
Motorcells responded quickly to my call. I was very pleased with the price and how quickly my battery was replaced. Highly recommend.
Mendy McClain
10:49 19 May 20
Was able to get my hybrid battery replaced for 1/4th of the dealer estimate and battery is working great. They also went above and beyond solving a safety problem with my back seat that was discovered in the course of replacing the battery.
Shannon O'Dell
14:02 10 Oct 20
The battery light came on in my 2011 Honda CR-Z so I picked up the phone and gave them a call. Chad was very kind in helping me find a path to get my car fixed . He has referred me to get my diagnostics and has offered to continue helping me figure out what the best thing to do for my car in my budget once we have the diagnostic readings.
Angela Wentz
00:54 21 Mar 20
Could not recommend this service more! Had my beloved 2006 Prius' hybrid battery die on me and the dealership wanted almost 3x as much as Motorcells charged. Little did I know I would also get ABOVE AND BEYOND customer service. Chad communicated promptly, explained everything so I didn't feel in the dark, leant me a car while mine was being serviced, and had my Prius running better than ever in an hour. Yes, you're getting a refurbished battery instead of a new, but the warranty is the same; it makes total sense for an older car. Highly recommend!
Maura Broderson
15:59 20 Oct 20
Motorcells replaced the hybrid battery in my Prius about seven weeks ago and it’s running great. The service is super convenient. They came to me and it took less than an hour.
Michael Barnard
04:18 27 Oct 20
Could not recommend this service more! Had my beloved 2006 Prius' hybrid battery die on me and the dealership wanted almost 3x as much as Motorcells charged. Little did I know I would also get ABOVE AND BEYOND customer service. Chad communicated promptly, explained everything so I didn't feel in the dark, leant me a car while mine was being serviced, and had my Prius running better than ever in an hour. Yes, you're getting a refurbished battery instead of a new, but the warranty is the same; it makes total sense for an older car. Highly recommend!
Maura Broderson
15:59 20 Oct 20
The dashboard of my wife's 2007 (with 185K miles) lit up with all of the classic signs of "hybrid battery failure." I got a sticker shock when I asked the Toyota dealer the price for a new battery. Then I called and spoke to Chad who was great. He explained the process that he uses to replace any bad cells then recondition the battery. He provided mobile service, picking up the battery the day after I called, returning to his shop, and returning to my home the following day to reinstall my refurbished battery. He also did a road test.Now my wife's Prius is happy again. Also the Engine Display page frequently shows a green, fully charged hybrid battery. I am still on the first tank of gas following the battery repair, but I am also seeing significant improvement in the MPG.Thanks, Chad!
Don Gutt
21:50 05 Aug 20
Philip Rowe
17:23 16 Oct 20
My wife and I made two trips to visit with Chad and Tim before the purchase of our vehicle. Both gentlemen were genuine, honest and a pleasure to get to know. There were no high pressure sales tactics, or incessant sales phone calls, which unfortunately we had to deal with some other dealers. It's been about a month since the purchase of my car and I love it.
Michael RoBards
20:23 24 Jun 19
When Toyota wanted 3700 for a battery replacement I had to look elsewhere. Chad was able to come to my house, install the new battery same day and under 1000 dollars. All the dash lights have been reset and the car runs like new even with 200k miles on it.
Chris Straw
19:31 26 Mar 20
Melissa Rogers
22:57 30 Aug 19
Nova_RL
17:39 04 Nov 18
Motorcells replaced the hybrid battery in my Prius about seven weeks ago and it’s running great. The service is super convenient. They came to me and it took less than an hour.
Michael Barnard
04:18 27 Oct 20
My wife and I made two trips to visit with Chad and Tim before the purchase of our vehicle. Both gentlemen were genuine, honest and a pleasure to get to know. There were no high pressure sales tactics, or incessant sales phone calls, which unfortunately we had to deal with some other dealers. It's been about a month since the purchase of my car and I love it.
Michael RoBards
20:23 24 Jun 19
After a diagnosis at the Toyota dealership of failed hybrid battery on my 2007 Prius with 140K miles and an estimate of $4500 to replace , I took a week to research options. Found Chad at Hybrid & EV Battery Repair, an Indianapolis area local shop that repaired my hybrid in 24 hours at a huge cost savings of several thousand dollars over replacing with a new battery from Toyota. With an 18 month warranty and GREAT customer service, I am very pleased and recommend CC Motors highly.
Emily Mattler
19:28 21 May 18
Chad did very professional job and very kind person. He did the diagnosis before and after the replacement and also came for test drive after the fix. Great price and quick replacement .great customer service. He is very genuine, honest and friendly. Will define Ltd recommend to friends.
Krishna .
00:39 29 May 20
Fantastic service... On time, very quick repair at a reasonable price with warranty (hopefully will never have to use it). Will recommend to other hybrid owners.
Bradley Sneed
18:47 01 Aug 20
Great and friendly service! Also quick on changing out the battery! Thank you Chad!
Norman Kelly
23:08 30 May 20
Chad did very professional job and very kind person. He did the diagnosis before and after the replacement and also came for test drive after the fix. Great price and quick replacement .great customer service. He is very genuine, honest and friendly. Will define Ltd recommend to friends.
Krishna
00:39 29 May 20
I owe these guys my complete gratitude. Very responsive and great customer service. They even drove two hours to replace my hybrid battery. Not to mention the great warranty they offered me, as well as saving me from the ridiculous price Toyota quoted me. I will be seeing them again if I have any issues, but hopefully that won't happen. Thanks!
Robert McGaha
19:32 09 Aug 18
The dashboard of my wife's 2007 (with 185K miles) lit up with all of the classic signs of "hybrid battery failure." I got a sticker shock when I asked the Toyota dealer the price for a new battery. Then I called and spoke to Chad who was great. He explained the process that he uses to replace any bad cells then recondition the battery. He provided mobile service, picking up the battery the day after I called, returning to his shop, and returning to my home the following day to reinstall my refurbished battery. He also did a road test.Now my wife's Prius is happy again. Also the Engine Display page frequently shows a green, fully charged hybrid battery. I am still on the first tank of gas following the battery repair, but I am also seeing significant improvement in the MPG.Thanks, Chad!
Don Gutt
21:50 05 Aug 20
Chad and his services are trustworthy and transparent. He takes the time to list out options, prices, and important, detailed information of the whole battery process. He educates you and makes certain that you understand everything and answers all questions before proceeding. Even most important, he takes the additional time out of his busy schedule to build a relationship and connect. I appreciate the fast but quality worth work... not to mention the grand or two he saved my bank account from 🙂
DCMA beyond
14:01 19 Mar 18
When Toyota wanted 3700 for a battery replacement I had to look elsewhere. Chad was able to come to my house, install the new battery same day and under 1000 dollars. All the dash lights have been reset and the car runs like new even with 200k miles on it.
Chris Straw
19:31 26 Mar 20
I was calling and and asking for information before I even bought my Hybrid. Chad is great , honest and was very helpful. I really appreciated that he spoke with me even though I had not purchased the Hybrid Truck Yet.
David Hazen
17:46 09 Jan 19
Chad was phenomenal! Would recommend 100x over. Friendly, easy to work with and did an awesome job with my Prius. Went above and beyond. First person I completely trust with my car! Can’t say enough good things
Alexandra Serpe
20:49 15 Jun 20
Chad was phenomenal! Would recommend 100x over. Friendly, easy to work with and did an awesome job with my Prius. Went above and beyond. First person I completely trust with my car! Can’t say enough good things
Alexandra Serpe
20:49 15 Jun 20
I'm very please with the service that was provided. Chad was very knowledgeable about the Hybrid Battery Service. He explained the process and answered all my questions. Highly skilled and very professional, I would recommend this company.
leon collins
04:34 05 Dec 17
The battery light came on in my 2011 Honda CR-Z so I picked up the phone and gave them a call. Chad was very kind in helping me find a path to get my car fixed . He has referred me to get my diagnostics and has offered to continue helping me figure out what the best thing to do for my car in my budget once we have the diagnostic readings.
Angela Wentz
00:54 21 Mar 20

Other Common Prius Maintenance Issues

In Indianapolis, we can handle most Toyota Prius repairs for you – typically at least 30% less than the dealership.

Inverter Water Pump

Gas Gauge Issues (’04-’06 Prius)

Don’t let your Prius run out of gas.  ’04-’06 Priuses can say you have 2-3 bars of gas left, when in fact your on empty.  Not having enough gas causes your HV battery to do all of the work – this runs down the battery and causes HV battery failure.  One simple fix to try is filling the Prius gas tank, jumping the vehicle, and see if it resolves your “battery” problem.

Prius Brakes & Struts

Prius Screen / Monitor Replacement

Cosmetic Damage

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