2012 Prius Plug-in How-To: Tire Repair System | Toyota

2012 Prius Plug-in How-To: Tire Repair System | Toyota

– [Narrator] Most Prius vehicles come with ToyotaCare complimentary
factory scheduled maintenance, and 24 hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000
miles, whichever comes first. The Prius Plug-in gets
an additional 12 months of roadside assistance for a total of three years from date of purchase. So, if you puncture a tire, call them first at 1-800-444-4195, before you attempt to repair it yourself. As using the provided tire repair system will result in additional costs and fees. First, pull safely to
the side of the road, and turn on your hazard lights. If call roadside
assistance is not an option and the puncture is small,
like those from a roofing nail or a small screw, you may be
able to plug it temporarily with the tire repair system. If you can see the
puncture, roll the vehicle until it’s at the top of the tire. It’s important to leave the
nail or screw in the tire. Next, put the Prius in
park, set the parking break and turn the hybrid system power off. The temporary tire repair
system kit is in the back under the cargo deck on the left. Assemble the components according to the quick reference sheet included. Make sure you are well clear of traffic. Next, place the warning
stickers on the wheel and inside your Prius on the A pillar, where it will remind you
to get the tire repaired. With the kit assembled,
attached to the tire stem valve, and plugged into the 12 volt outlet. Press the power button in the car, then turn on the kit compressor, (clock winding) The pressure will rise
to over 45 psi initially, that’s normal, then it will start to fall. This could take up to 15
minutes if it is very cold. Turn the compressor off occasionally to check the actual tire pressure. Be careful not to overfill the tire. (clock winding) When it reaches recommended pressure, turn the compressor off. If it never reaches that pressure, the tire is too damaged to be repaired. Then, disconnect the
compressor and drive you Prius for about three miles
to spread the sealant. Stay below 50 miles per
hour, then stop the vehicle, reconnect the compressor and
turn it on for a few seconds. (clock winding) Turn it off and check the pressure. If the gauge shows less than 18 psi, the tire can’t be repaired. If it is higher than 18 psi, but still below recommendations,
turn the compressor back on to bring it up to pressure. Then, drive it three
miles again and recheck. If it holds the recommended pressure, drive carefully at under 50 miles per hour to the nearest Toyota dealer to have the tire repaired or replaced.

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  1. Yeah, but its cheaper and more space saving for Toyota to put this in the car than to include a spare tire.

  2. Why do you want the damaged portion at the top? Doesn't the sealant go down when it is injected? Should make more sense for the puncture to be at the bottom… Right?

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