San Jose Prius Hybrid / High Voltage Battery Replacement
Sturken Auto Repair in San Jose is the premier hybrid battery replacement specialist. The high voltage hybrid battery is a very reliable part of your Toyota Prius or Camry, Honda Hybrid, Insight or Lexus Hybrid. Industry experience suggests that it should easily last over 150,000 miles. Still, given the long lifespan of a typical Prius (many a Prius will live well past 200,000 miles), there may come a time when the high voltage battery replacement becomes a necessity.
At Sturken Auto Repair we can offer options ranging from Original Equipment high voltage replacement batteries, battery reconditioning, aftermarket hybrid replacement batteries or used HV batteries. When your hybrid battery starts showing signs of aging, you can bring it to Sturken Auto, and our specialists will diagnose the hybrid charging problems, and offer solutions. It may turn out that your vehicle indeed requires a Prius or Camry hybrid battery replacement – at that time, we will advise you of the options, cost, and time necessary to perform the hybrid battery replacement or reconditioning.
High voltage battery replacement is no longer a novelty. But before Sturken's undertakes such task, we will inspect your hybrid to make sure that the car is in good enough shape to warrant the expenditure of time and money.
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Do I really need my Hybrid Battery Replaced?
We have had many clients come in after visiting a Toyota dealer or other mechanic, who told them they needed a new hybrid battery, only to find out that they did not need a replacement but only needed terminal servicing or some other work. Don’t buy a hybrid battery unless it has been proven to you that you really need one.
When it comes to complete Prius or Camry high voltage battery replacement, there are several options we recommend.
A brand new original equipment battery that we purchase from Toyota. This may be the best option in terms of speed, quality and expectations for trouble-free service. This comes with a one year warranty from Toyota.
Remanufactured Hybrid Batteries
A less expensive alternative is to use an aftermarket high voltage battery. There are several remanufacturing companies, but all are not equal in terms of quality or warranty. We offer varying warranties with any of these solutions. The advantage of this type of battery versus in house reconditioning is speed. The purchased re-conditioned battery is ready off the shelf, but cost about a thousand dollars more than an in house reconditioned battery. Do note that the aftermarket batteries sometimes have longer warranties and cost substantially less than new batteries from Toyota.
There is a third option, which we now offer
An exciting money saving opportunity!
With our in house Prolong Battery reconditioning system we are able to identify specific modules that are bad the first time and replace them with good modules that are performance matched. Then the entire battery pack is cycled numerous times through specific dis-charge and re-charge levels to get to optimum balance levels. This is a very tedious and time consuming practice. But with the right tools, training and equipment, this work can be performed with outstanding success. It is not a fast process but it does work with excellent results. However, you save thousands over the other options and we offer a two year warranty!
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A number of shops and mobile mechanics offer to replace individual modules in your existing hybrid battery. Typically there will be a fair number of modules that still check out ok, so they only replace the ones that have shown to be weak with an engine scanner. This is a relatively inexpensive option. Unfortunately, industry experience has proven that the other battery modules that were not replaced, will have a very high likelihood of future failure if the entire battery pack is not serviced as a unit. This would mean that the entire hybrid battery would have to be removed and the bad ones replaced again. If the shop or mechanic was around to honor the failed battery, you would be losing time an the use of your car while the battery was repaired again. Without any guarantee that it won't fail again.
Can a used High Voltage Battery Work?
The final solution is a used hybrid battery pack. If we are lucky enough to find an available pack it could work. However, there are no guarantees as the battery has to be in excellent shape before it was removed. It needs to be stored for no more than 3 months. And, it would still need to have each individual cell tested to confirm it is in fact a viable “good” battery. By the time this is all done the price savings between a remanufactured high voltage battery and a used battery would be close to equal. The wrecking yards know the value of the used battery pack and set their pricing accordingly. So unless the HV battery can be purchased for a very low price, their may not be any cost savings unless the battery was just installed "as is". Which would not allow us to give you any type of warranty.
When you do bring your Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry, Toyota Highlander, Lexus Hybrid or Honda Civic or Honda Accord Hybrid in for hybrid battery replacement, you can expect:
- Testing and confirmation that you really do need a Hybrid battery replacement
- A clear explanation of your options, including comparison between Original Equipment and all other options
- Trained technicians that know and understand Hybrid vehicles
At Sturken Auto Repair we are dedicated to keeping your Camry or Prius on the road and providing you with reliable transportation. If you have concerns about your hybrid battery, or it’s time to talk about high voltage battery replacement, give us a call – we are here to help. You can also schedule an appointment online.