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2008 Prius -- totally dead -- need to jump start

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Hi there, my Toyota Prius 1999 hybrid car shows tortoise sign after running on highway, and the screen shows low charge/almost empty( empty yellow color battery ), then it starts charging again and back to normal charging level and become green, I come across this when I drive on motorway or after finishing high speed zone. can anyone explain it?

Posted on May 03, 2014


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SOURCE: Toyota Prius starting problem

There's a known problem with the early Toyota Prius (2001 - 2003), when running the engine for a long period of time without moving or when the car is driven only for short trips (short city driving), the Prius might not start.

You have to change the original battery with a 356 CCA which is bigger because the battery is bigger you also have to change what is holding it into place.

Posted on Jul 23, 2008


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SOURCE: Toyota Prius 2008 - Transmission or or fluid?

Here is the answer that you are looking for: Never.
The auto trans fluid in a Prius is what we call "World Spec", and never needs to be changed. Why? Because the Prius trans fluid is not used for hydraulic pressure or cooling the ATF fluid due to the lack of the aforementioned hydraulic pressure. All that the ATF does is perform a "lubrication" function. As long as there is no contamination of the fluid (such as being in a flood), do not bother with it.
Toyota Ed
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Posted on Sep 15, 2008


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SOURCE: Toyota 2008 Prius Touch-Screen

Problem is resolved, 
I pulled & giggled a couple of fuses, found one fuse that had an extend fuse container was probably not quite seated right. Will notify dealer & replace several working fuses with new. rr 

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: How to jump start a 2001 Toyota prius?

The gas engine is the same as an ordinary engine,be shure to remove the key out of the ignition,then connect the positive lead first to both cars and last the negative lead[dont let the leads touch.Fit your ignition key and start as normal,when it starts remove the negative lead first and then last of all the positive lead.To be honest give the battery a good charge once every 2 months as an alternator will never fully charge a battery...

Posted on Mar 08, 2010


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SOURCE: Toyota Prius jumps from Drive to Neutral while

We had the same issue in our 2008 prius happen last week. Car slipped out of drive after initial 1-second acceleration three times in a row. Powered the car off and on in between incidents. Toyota shop has not been able to re-create after 100 miles of driving over the last few days. They replaced the shift lever and battery (the potential culprits based on scant research), but no one seems 100% confident about it. According to the Toyota shop, the advice given by oneStan above isn't applicable because "the Prius actually has a transaxle that does not have cables or linkage, it has an electronic shifter. Mounts such as engine or transmission very seldom wear out before 150k miles." We are supposed to pick car up tomorrow but feeling anxious about driving our toddlers around in it after what happened. Would very much appreciate any advice. Thank you.

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