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How to Replace Highlander Hybrid Batteries

by Karen Adams

The Toyota Highlander became a popular choice for car buyers as a hybrid vehicle. Beginning in 2001, the Highlander became a crossover SUV, capable of saving energy and saving money. Batteries for Highlander hybrids recharge every time you brake. However, if your Highlander Hybrid's battery starts acting up, you may need a replacement.

Check to make sure you need a battery replacement. Your car's manual should tell you the battery life of your Highlander hybrid. Hybrid batteries are meant to last for the duration of your car's life, roughly 150,000 to 200,000 miles. You also need to check the in-dash display to see changes in the battery power. If the car performs badly at slow speeds, you may have a battery power problem.

Visit your Toyota dealership. Highlander Hybrid batteries come with a warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles. During this time, you may visit the dealership at any time for a free battery replacement.

Ask your mechanic about replacement and installation costs. If your car is past warranty, hybrid car batteries can only be bought through Toyota auto parts, particularly dealers. The cost of lithium-ion hybrid batteries may be up to $3000 depending on the size of the battery.

Locate the placement of your Highlander's battery with the owner's manual. Once you have gotten the battery, you can change the Highlander's battery by finding the placement in the front of your vehicle.

Unplug all cables attaching the old battery to the engine. Make note of each wire so you can replace them accordingly in the new battery.

Use a ratchet wrench to remove the housing bolt on the battery. Pull the battery from the car and dispose of safely.

Place the new hybrid battery into the space of the old battery. Replace the housing bolt and tighten with the wrench. Then plug all the wires back into their respective holes.

Tip

  • Highlander hybrid cars may be under warranty, which means hybrid battery replacement under 10 years or 100,000 miles is free.

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About the Author

Karen Adams has been writing professionally since 2003. At the University of Florida, she worked on the school's newspaper while earning her Bachelor of Arts in English. She contributes to many different publications regularly. Currently she lives and works in Florida and is a member of Florida University's Fiction Collective and "Tea Magazine."

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