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Battery losing power while key is in car

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I was talking to my sister the other day about an experience she had 
with her Toyota hybrid.  She works crazy hours
and sometimes takes a nap in the car between appointments.  She had a 
cold and had taken medicine for it and, this time,
her nap lasted four hours.  When she woke up, her car battery was dead. 
  She called AAA and they couldn't put in
neutral or open the compartment where the battery is - because they 
were controlled by the battery.  Finally they
could charge the battery enough (through an opening in the dashboard?) 
to get her to the Toyota dealer.  They told her
that when the key is near the battery, it continues using the battery 
even when the car is off.

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Unfortunately, this is true. this new hybrid technology is very fresh and we are still finding these things out. If the key is in the ignition, it will drain the battery. there are shift solenoids in the transmission that are controlled by the battery. if the batt is dead, you will not be able to shift at all.

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