Took my 2005 Prius in (which has 160k miles and just drove through a 70MPH-wind sandstorm coming back from Coachella) because the Check Engine light came on, so I was quoted $45 by the younger guy and left my car there around noon. At almost 5:00PM, the older gentlemen called me and said that I needed a new MAF sensor, which was $180 ($40 less than the dealer), and one hour of install labor at $90. After doing five minutes of research, I decided to take my chances and order a used part off eBay for $20 and install it myself with some YouTube how-to videos. While driving my car home from Tokyo Automotive, the Check Engine light turned off! I will still replace the part when my eBay package arrives, but in the meantime, they actually fixed my car just by inspecting it and probably cleaning the part they recommended for replacement, and a potential $270 service got (temporarily) resolved for only $45! God bless Tokyo Automotive, as I will now be taking my old Prius there for all repairs, and they probably hate me for pulling my car out and attempting the repair myself, but little do they know they inadvertently fixed my problem by just inspecting what was wrong!
Jansen,Thanks for your great review. Just a few tips on your prius. I noticed it had a K&N filter on it. No big problem there, I'm actually a fan of K&N products. But I noticed an egregious amount of red K&N oil on the filter. That can potentially gum up your Air Flow Meter setting a P0171 (system lean) code.The actual cause of your particular P0171 this time though wasn't the huge amount of K&N oil, but it was debris on the Air Flow Meter. My fear, and also the reason we tried to sell you the sensor, is that the debris contaminated the Air Flow Meter/Sensor. Given that the Air filter sits right above the sensor, a lot of home mechanics (even experienced ones) fall into the trap of debris from the old/dirty filter falling in.Regards.
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