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170,000 miles, just replaced the engine, and I get the "CHECK HYBRID SYSTEM ". Took to dealership and they don't have the battery pack, and if they could locate one, I don't want to pay that much.

After watching YouTube, I would like to go the Lithium route, but all I see is SOLD OUT.

Any ideas?
 

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The system is designed to use a specific type of battery.
You probably can NOT put in a different type without causing more problems that it solves.

My personal opinion is: You already have made a bad decision putting that much money into a car that old.....with that many miles. I would not consider throwing any more money at it.

But if you insist, search the net for hybrid battery rebuilders.
You might be able to find one with all new cells for about half what Toyota charges.

"Reconditioned" batteries where only the "bad" cells have been changed are NOT a good investment.
 

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If I get a regular hybrid battery, I would be getting a whole replacement pack. But should I keep the whole unit the cells come in and have all the cells replaced. Or buy the whole enchilada and replace the whole thing?
 

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If I get a regular hybrid battery, I would be getting a whole replacement pack. But should I keep the whole unit the cells come in and have all the cells replaced. Or buy the whole enchilada and replace the whole thing?
I'm not sure I understand the question.

The price of a completely rebuilt battery usually is for an entire assembly.
There are some things that you keep from the old pack but you don't have to dis-assemble the actual cell pack.
Then you send them back your old pack for re-use and recycling.

Normally you could buy new individual cells and rebuild the whole thing yourself.........but that is not recommended for most owners. And I don't think you end up saving THAT much by doing it yourself.
 

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Here is another question. The guy at the dealership says I can still drive the car as is, just using it like any non-hybrid car. So how hiw long can I drive it that way? The car was designed as a hybrid so treating it with just the engine,,,,?
 

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Here is another question. The guy at the dealership says I can still drive the car as is, just using it like any non-hybrid car. So how hiw long can I drive it that way? The car was designed as a hybrid so treating it with just the engine,,,,?
When you get right down to it, the battery itself doesn't really contribute THAT much to propelling the car down the road overall.
It DOES do some other critical functions though......like the air conditioning and STARTING THE ENGINE.
If it gets bad enough, you are screwed.
 

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Went to Greenbean and $1,983.05 with life time warranty went on my credit card and I'm up and running. Had to have a Smog Check, which it passed, but the printout said Hybrid battery needed replacing. So have to contact Greenbean about that.
 
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