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2012 ZVW30 Toyota Prius Four

Yakima OffGrid Rooftop Cargo Basket on a 3rd Gen Prius
Yakima OffGrid Rooftop Cargo Basket on a 3rd Gen Prius

Yakima OffGrid Rooftop Cargo Basket on a 3rd Gen Prius

Yakima OffGrid Rooftop Cargo Basket, Medium The Yakima OffGrid Rooftop Cargo Basket was first announced by Yakima in the summer of 2017. The original release time frame was Fall, notably October, of 2017. This did not happen. In fact, it…

Observed Increase in Fuel Efficiency For the 2012 Prius Follow Up
Observed Increase in Fuel Efficiency For the 2012 Prius Follow Up

Observed Increase in Fuel Efficiency For the 2012 Prius Follow Up

Here’s a follow up to the original post regarding fuel efficiency improvements after performing major maintenance services. In addition to the following services, DIY: How to Replace the Spark Plugs On a 3rd Gen Prius (2010-2015) DIY: How to Replace…

DIY: How to Perform Tire Rotation on Your Prius, Prius c
DIY: How to Perform Tire Rotation on Your Prius, Prius c

DIY: How to Perform Tire Rotation on Your Prius, Prius c

The tires on your Prius or Prius c and pretty much any passenger class vehicle should be rotated every 5,000 to 10,000 miles to promote even tire thread wear. Do it yourself in 30~45 minutes with basic tools and put that $25~$50 back in your pocket.

Pet Project: G’s Taillights With EDM OEM Style Rear Fog Lamp
Pet Project: G’s Taillights With EDM OEM Style Rear Fog Lamp

Pet Project: G’s Taillights With EDM OEM Style Rear Fog Lamp

I had a pair of authentic UKDM Prius G’s taillights with integrated rear fog lamp supplied by LS Japan and ordered through Tenso around late 2013’ish (or 2014? I cannot remember), but never gotten around to install it and ended…

DIY: How to Clean Your 3rd Gen Prius High Voltage (HV) Hybrid Battery Cooling Fan
DIY: How to Clean Your 3rd Gen Prius High Voltage (HV) Hybrid Battery Cooling Fan

DIY: How to Clean Your 3rd Gen Prius High Voltage (HV) Hybrid Battery Cooling Fan

The hybrid battery cooling fan impeller needs to be cleaned from time to time, and a trip to the dealership can cost you $400. Do it yourself for $0.

DIY: How to Exchange the Engine Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius
DIY: How to Exchange the Engine Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius

DIY: How to Exchange the Engine Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius

Before you proceed with this maintenance procedure, make sure you have access to a flat and level surface area. You will also need two jack stands to support the front end of your car so you can gain access to…

DIY: How to Exchange the Inverter Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius
DIY: How to Exchange the Inverter Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius

DIY: How to Exchange the Inverter Coolant On Your 3rd Gen Prius

Before you proceed with this maintenance procedure, make sure you have access to a flat and level surface area. You will also need two jack stands to support the front end of your car so you can gain access to…

DIY: How to Exchange the Automatic Transmission Fluid WS (World Standard) on Your 3rd Gen Prius
DIY: How to Exchange the Automatic Transmission Fluid WS (World Standard) on Your 3rd Gen Prius

DIY: How to Exchange the Automatic Transmission Fluid WS (World Standard) on Your 3rd Gen Prius

Before you proceed with this maintenance procedure, make sure you have access to a flat and level surface area. You will also need four jack stands to lift your entire car up so that it is level and parallel to…

DIY: How to Replace the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) On Your 3rd Gen Prius
DIY: How to Replace the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) On Your 3rd Gen Prius

DIY: How to Replace the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) On Your 3rd Gen Prius

If your 3rd gen Prius is approaching or passed the 100,000 mile mark, it’s time to replace the positive crankcase ventilation valve (PCV valve). If your Prius is consuming noticeable amount of motor oil, say 1 quart every 2,000 ~…

120k Mile Recommended Services For The 3rd Gen Toyota Prius
120k Mile Recommended  Services For The 3rd Gen Toyota Prius

120k Mile Recommended Services For The 3rd Gen Toyota Prius

So I just took my 2012 Prius Four into the local dealer to perform the routine major service (done every 30,000 miles) as it was approaching 120,000 miles and I received a recommended laundry list of pricey maintenance work. Spark…