Is Your 2001 Prius Battery Starting to Fail? How to Tell if You Need a 2001 Prius Battery!

If you have a 2001 Prius, there is a good chance that you too have an original 2001 Prius battery installed.  At this point, that battery is approaching close to ten years old and you may have started to begin to see signs of it failing.  
But how do you know if the 2001 Prius battery is failing?  Here are some really common symptoms of a bad Prius battery –
1.  Your 2001 Prius battery will stop being able to hold an extended charge.
Yep, that’s right.  As with any other battery (such as a laptop battery, cell phone battery, etc.), the more the battery is drained and charged, the quicker is will deteriorate.  This is not anything that you have done wrong, rather more of just a wear and tear issue.  As batteries become older, they begin to fail.  There’s not a whole lot that you can do about that.
2.  You will start to see a decrease if your fuel economy.
This makes sense, right?  Your 2001 Prius battery is no cranking out the voltage needed to supplement the fuel used.  This means that your Prius is going to be running more on the fuel than it will on the battery.  Basically, the battery and the fuel system are not working hand and hand as they normally do.  This creates lower fuel efficiency.
3.  Your Prius will not have the same acceleration power it once had.
This does go in line with the fuel economy, but it too is another symptom.  Because the battery and fuel system are not in “mechanical harmony”, your car is just not running the way it should be.  So yes, a lack of power can be a direct result of your 2001 Prius battery starting to fail.
4.  Your Prius just may flat out die on you.
This is a no-brainer.  If you Prius just dies on you, your battery is the first place that you should look.  No electricity = no car.
Do you know how to fix your 2001 Prius battery though?  Well first, did you even know that you could fix it?  You can fix it if you know how.  Otherwise you can spend the $3500 for a new battery.  If I were you, I would definitely try and fix it first!

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