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We’re a top rated local Toyota Prius repair services shop in Fremont, CA. In addition, we service the greater East Bay Area, which includes Newark, Union City, Milpitas, and Sunol. At Fremont Foreign Auto, we understand the Toyota Prius like the back of our hand. As a staple of American hybrid technology for over 20 years, the venerable Prius delivers reliability along with excellent fuel economy. However, even the most reliable vehicles develop issues over time that require an expert technician to diagnose and repair.

Our ASE-certified technicians have seen every common Prius problem and then some. We utilize factory diagnostic equipment to pinpoint issues quickly and accurately. Once we’ve identified the culprit, our certified repair staff gets to work fixing your Prius right the first time. Continue reading to learn about some of the most common Prius problems we repair for Fremout drivers:


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Our technicians are highly skilled and experienced with just about every vehicle make and model. If your check engine light is on, you can bring it to our shop and we’ll diagnose what’s wrong with it. Any authorized diagnostic will be applied toward the cost of your repair, a $190.00 value.

Headlight System Failures

The headlight system is one of the most failure-prone systems in many Prius models, especially 2008 and 2009 vehicles. Some common headlight issues include:

  • Unexpected headlight outages
  • Flickering or dimming headlights
  • Only one headlight works while the other remains dark

At Fremont Foreign Auto, we thoroughly inspect your Prius headlight wiring, bulbs, and assemblies to isolate the root cause. Often, we find issues in the headlight control computer or deterioration in connectors and wires. Whatever the culprit, we’ll have your headlights shining brightly once again.

Multi-Function Display Failures

The handy multi-function display in Prius models provides vital driving information like energy flow indicators, fuel economy stats, and warning messages. But display failures are annoyingly common. Symptoms include:

  • A blank or darkened display screen
  • Display works intermittently
  • Warning messages stuck on display
  • Missing driving data

We often find failures stemming from loose display connectors or deteriorated circuits. Our certified techs will accurately diagnose your Prius display issues down to the wire. Rest assured we’ll have your multi-function operational again quickly.

Inaccurate Fuel Gauge Readings

Like any vehicle, monitoring your remaining fuel is vital in the Toyota Prius. But many owners face inaccurate or erratic fuel gauge behavior, especially in early second-gen vehicles. Some problems you may experience are:

  • Gauge “jumps” up or down randomly
  • Remaining fuel doesn’t match expected range
  • Gauge gets stuck on empty
  • Fuel light illuminates prematurely

Faulty fuel sending units are often the culprit, but circumstances can vary. We hook up gauges during diagnostic routines to determine if the issue lies in the gauge cluster or sending unit wiring. If needed, we’ll replace the problematic component and recalibrate your system post-repair.

Vehicle Electronics Overheating

As a rule of thumb, electronics and heat don’t mix well. But owing to its hybrid powertrain, the Toyota Prius houses plenty of electronics prone to thermal issues. Problematic model years include:

  • 2010-2015 standard Prius
  • 2012-2015 Prius V models
  • 2012-2014 Prius Plug-in Hybrids

Overheating can manifest as warning lights, stalling, rough running, or drivetrain messages. Upon inspection, our techs often find overtaxed transistors or shorted circuits affecting the hybrid control computer. We diagnose the electronics thoroughly and solve thermal issues for good with improved cooling or updated software.

Parking Brake Cable Failures

On 2016 Toyota Prius and Prius Eco models, we’ve seen numerous instances of abrupt parking brake cable failures. Warning signs pointing to this issue are:

  • Parking brake lever pulls all the way up with no resistance
  • Brake warning light stays lit
  • Loud snapping or popping noise from brake area while driving

Don’t risk your Prius rolling away – this issue signifies complete brake failure. Although the cause varies case by case, our technicians determine why your cable broke and if other related components need replacement. We’ll have your parking brake system operating safely again in no time.

Oil Consumption and Engine Wiring Issues

Not to be left out, the venerable Prius engine and wiring has its own set of common bugs. Specific trouble areas our shop addresses regularly include:

Excessive Oil Consumption:

  • 2010-2015 standard Prius
  • Burning more than 1 quart per 1,200 miles
  • Low oil level light comes on prematurely

In most excessive consumption cases, our techs source the problem to piston ring seals leaking compression. Replacing the rings and cleaning the cylinders remediates oil loss.

Engine Wiring Failures:

  • 2nd generation Prius
  • 2018-2020 Prius Prime plug-in hybrid
  • Oil leakage onto wires near engine
  • Various drivetrain alerts and warning lights

For wiring issues, we thoroughly inspect the engine harness, repair oil-damaged wires, and install protective wraps to prevent recurrence.

Dashboard and Controls Malfunctions

Drivers count on accurate vehicle information from the Prius dashboard display. But failures like an inoperable speedometer or warning lights behave erratically. The root causes vary, but often stem from electrical faults in:

  • Gauges and dashboard circuits
  • Sensor connections
  • Integration control circuits
  • AC/heater blower controls

Using wiring diagrams and diagnostic routines, our techs methodically locate electrical issues triggering your dashboard malfunctions. We repair or replace components until your Prius dashboard operates reliably again.

As your specialist for import vehicle repairs in Fremont and the surrounding region, no Prius issue is too complex for our ASE-certified technicians. We have the factory tools and hands-on expertise to resolve problems efficiently. So don’t settle for guesswork repairs at overpriced dealerships – our labor rates are reasonable with no hidden charges.

Call us today to schedule comprehensive Prius maintenance or receive a free quote on any repair your hybrid requires. Fremont Foreign Auto promises first-class service for the life of your Toyota vehicle.