I have a 2005 Prius that in
I have a 2005 Prius that in the past few weeks has refused to start. The dashboard icons light up but the car does not start. I got it jumped the first time, but it happened again.
Last year, I left in for a few months without following any of the suggestions that you guys have mentioned here. (I didn't know). I'm afraid that this has permanently damaged the battery. Or maybe it's just from the cold weather?
I don't drive it every day...more like twice a week, but not far distances.
How can I fix the problem? And prevent reoccurences?
Sounds like the 12v battery
Sounds like the 12v battery may be going bad.
In a "normal" car, you know your battery is going dead when the engine cranks S-L-O-W-L-Y. But with the Prius, the big 200v battery cranks the engine, and the 12v battery only has to run the computer.
So the 12v battery can go 99% dead before you notice a problem.
And the biggest problem is, unless you know how to "dive" into the hidden menus, there is NO indication as to how low the 12v battery actually is!
I have a 2007 prius and just
I have a 2007 prius and just let it sit for three weeks in the wisconsin winter. Had the smart key off.when I went to start it I had no problem. I do have a question though. Why do the blue power bars turn green?
I am a new owner of a 2008
I am a new owner of a 2008 Prius. I love the car, especially the gas millage. I do have a concern. Recently in heavy traffic, I watched the blue bar graph steadily drop to two bars. Does anyone know what would happen if/when the battery drains and what, if anything prevents that from happening? My dealer told me to put the car into the "B" shift slot. This will cause the hybrid battery to re-charge.
Great discussion. I have a
Great discussion. I have a 2004 Prius that I have left untouched for as many as 16 days without doing a thing, and it starts perfectly every time. I never pay any mind to the "bars" or other electric and battery functions. I consistently get 43 to 48 MPG - even in hot desert summers with the AC used regularly. I drive my car, on average, from 5 to 15 miles about 5 days each week, and sometimes take it on long road trips. It's been an absolute dream car with virtually no maintenance other than the usual tires and oil change (has about 40K miles now). I will be leaving idle for 5 weeks, and I plan to turn off the smart key thanks to the recommendations herein. I wish a Prius on everyone!