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Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2002 Toyota Prius

2002 Toyota Prius

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2002 Toyota Prius Problems

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

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

Exhaust & Emissions -- Verified

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.

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

Starting difficulties may develop, mostly noted if the car has been parked for several days. Toyota has changed the 12v battery size specification to help correct this concern. Our technicians tell us the battery tray will need to be replaced to accommodate the larger battery

Electrical & Lights -- Verified

The high voltage hybrid battery may develop corrosion of the electrical harness resulting in premature failure. Our technicians tell us the hybrid battery must be replaced to correct this issue.

Drive Train -- Verified

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.

2002 Toyota Prius Recalls (Recent)

Engine, July 26, 2006

Summary: 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 SENSOR WIRING CONNECTOR.

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Suspension & Steering, June 1, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview:

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.

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2002 Toyota Prius Questions and Answers

morningglory, 2002 Toyota Prius, Mountlake Terrace, WA

My 2002 Prius is coming up on 100,000 miles. I'm wondering what service is necessary/important at this point? Is there anything I should do before rolling over the 100,000 mile mark?

kokeyo, 2002 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Bakerton, WV

the above appears then the steering gets hard.Have diagnosised and reports C1513 Torque Sensor abnornal,plse advise

Monster BDW, 2002 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Montgomery Village, MD

The plastic has gotten so yellow that the lights are not bright. Is this a simple replacement and if yes, how much?

Monster BDW, 2002 Toyota Prius, Montgomery Village, MD

What is the going price for wheel bearing replacement on this vehicle?

Nik8, 2002 Toyota Prius, 1.5L 4 Cylinder, Alexandria, VA

The front driver seat is very rough on the rails. Will not move in horizontal direction easily. Only moves when a lot of brute force is applied. And even then it's not smooth.

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2002 Toyota Prius Reviews

Best car I ever had! Extremely reliable. First repair (other than scheduled maintenance) was at 150,000 miles when the rear wheel bearings were replaced. The car now has 180,000 miles and still drives like new (no squeaks or rattles, tight steering and suspension) and still gets 42-46 MPG. I will buy another Prius in a heart beat but this one still runs so good that I just can't part with it.

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