Common Toyota Prius Issues: Excessive Oil Consumption
The four-door Toyota Prius hatchback scores top marks as the best delivery vehicle in the US. Delivery drivers get cargo space and fuel efficiency – the best of both worlds.
This fuel efficient four cyl 1.8 L sedan is not only built to last forever (almost), but it also has plenty of cargo space for all your needs. This fuel efficient four cyl 1.8 L sedan is not only built to last forever (almost), but it also has plenty of cargo space for all your needs. Plus, with Toyota charging stations becoming increasingly widespread, you don’t have to worry about losing a charge on the road.
However, some owners have reported that their Prius’ have been consuming excessive amounts of oil, especially the 2010 and 2011 models.
Toyota Prius Oil Issues
If you own a Toyota Prius, you must be aware of the excessive oil consumption issue and have your car checked by a pro mechanic – if you suspect a problem. Excessive oil consumption can lead to engine damage – it is vital to catch the problem early and fix it.
The most common root of the issue is a faulty timing cover gasket. Sometimes, a replacement of the gasket does the magic. However, there are reports of Prius owners that had to overhaul the whole engine because of the issue – quite unfortunate!
Toyota had a past recall for the 2010 and 2011 models affected by this issue, so the newer models are possibly clear of the problem.
If you have these model years, contact A1 Performance Auto repair to schedule a free repair. In the interim, here are a couple of tips to conserve oil if your Prius is affected by this issue:
- Check the level of the oil often and top up as needed
- Avoid short trips and idling whenever possible
- Drive at moderate speeds and avoid sudden acceleration or braking
Following these tips can help minimize the amount of oil your Prius consumes until we check it out. If you have any concerns about your Prius, contact us at A1 Performance Auto Repair.