2001 Toyota Prius Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2001 Toyota Prius

2001 Toyota Prius Problems

The Fuel Gauge May Read Incorrectly

The fuel gauge may read incorrectly. Our technicians tell us there is a recalibration procedure which should be performed to correct this issue.

Stalling or Loss of Power Due to Debris in Mass Air Flow Sensor

A no start or loss of power issue may develop if debris falls into the mass air flow sensor when changing or inspecting the air filter. Care should be taken when changing of replacing the air filter in order to avoid this issue.

The Hybrid Transmission May Fail Prematurely

The hybrid transmission may fail prematurely. Our technicians recommend changing the transmission fluid every 30K miles in order to help prolong transmission life. There is a small square pan on the bottom of the transmission which should be removed to allow more fluid to drain. This service recommendation is over and above the Toyota recommendation to "check" the transmission fluid every 30k miles.

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2001 Toyota Prius Questions

car looses power a few minutes after heading down the road and have to pull over and shut down engine. wait then restart and limp back home. code showing was not P3160.correction: code P3190 is the code in question.not P3160. also has p0171 & P0130 codes. (1 answer)

this is the second time in a row this car lost power and shut down. hoping someone can point me in the right direction on what to replace first then second etc. Thanks in advance for whoever can reply. kc>>

POWER LOSS 15MIN AFTER START UP.NO POWER SO SHUT DOWN&RESTART & LIMP HOME. (1 answer)

RED HAZ LIGHT COMES ON AND VECH LOOSES POWER. HAVE TO PULL OFF ROAD AND SHUT DOWN THEN RESTART AND LIMP VERY SLOWLY BACK HOME.
THIS HAPPENED TWO TRIPS IN A ROW. CODE CHECKER SAID P3160 BUT MY SCANNER CODEBOOK DID NOT GO UP THAT HIGH. OUT IN THE BACK COUNTRY. NEED HELP!!! THANKS KC>> 2:50 P...

When I use the A/C, the warning lights all come on and I have to "limp" home. (1 answer)

This has happened 3 times now, and the codes said that it was a power inverter problem. I had the power inverter replaced, but it happened again. Why is using the A/C causing this problem?

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2001 Toyota Prius Recalls

Potential Loss of Power Steering

The steering linkage may loosen, resulting in reduced electric steering assistance when making a left turn. Loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the nuts securing the steering linkage to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin in early July 2011.

Recall 06V266000
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES, DUE TO IMPROPER MOLDING OF THE RESIN BODY OF THE CRANKSHAFT POSITION SENOR INSTALLED ON THE ENGINE BLOCK, ENGINE OIL MAY PENETRATE THE SEAL AND ENTER THE SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR. THE WIRE HARNESS CONNECTOR MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENTLY ATTACHED TO THE LOCKING TAB OF THE ...
Recall 00V285000
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. INSUFFICIENT ELECTRICAL CONTACT CAN OCCUR IN THE TORQUE SENSOR THAT CONTROLS THE POWER ASSIST OPERATION OF THE ELECTRIC POWER STEERING GEAR BOX. THE TORQUE SENSOR COULD SEND IMPROPER ELECTRICAL SIGNALS.

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