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2008 toyota prius wont start

We have a 2008 Prius in our shop that wont start. It had been in an accident. We had to replace the lt fender, lt front door,lt rear door, and the lt rear quarter panel. We unhooked the negative battery cable on the rear battery and unplugged the terminal in the back. It will go to nuetral but will not go to drive or reverse. I went through the owners manual but nothing seems to work. I have a battery charger on it now. The manual really didnt say how to. any ideas?

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  • mrvs Nov 14, 2008

    Yes, I push the brake pedal, hit the start/ on button, the dash lights up good but the "ready" light on the dash does not come like it says it will in the manual. I hit the Park button. It will shift to N but not into D or R. All the fuses seem to check out

  • kovalenv Feb 21, 2009

     It will go to nuetral but will not go to drive or reverse. Won't start after accident. Any solution?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    Does the engine start?

    Did you release the button by the ignition button that has the "P" on it?

    Are there any red lights on at the dash?

    Please advise.



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Try filling the fuel tank with strawberry douch and then hit the start button. It will fire right up and run as good as new.

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You are all wrong. I work on pruii all day every day.

reboot the car, by unplugging the 12 volt battery, wait a minute then reconnect it.

this is accomplished without tools by unplugging the large white cable on top of the 12 volt battery.

you would do this if you are not successful by jumping the car in the front at the fusebox by the driver headlight.
this procedure is for a 04-09 prius that no longer starts after running out of gas or a software issue likely caused by a low 12 volt battery.

be sure to have a good source of 12 volts , this will not work if the battery is low.

reset the driver automatic window when you are finished by raising the window, then holding the up button 2 more seconds.

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If you disconnect the small battery in the rear right side you need to keep at least 3v on the system to keep the computer from crashing. Then you have to replace the computer for about $125.

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I had the same problem with ready light not coming on after owning it for about five months. Finally did it for the toyota guys. They kept it for five days and found the problem to be a loose connecter. print out of service says they accessed the id code box connector T5. Checked for open and short to ground between connector T5 and H14. Found white wire at pin 19 connector T5 pulled out of pin and making inter. contact. Wires on hareness were cut too short and pulled out wire. Removed pin from connector, lengthened wire and reinstalled. Ohm and short test ok. Reinstalled connectors, heater box, dash brace, inst. panel and dash.
Sounds like a lot of mumbo jumbo to me but I really hope this helps. Good luck!

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