I have a 2007 Prius. I was
I have a 2007 Prius. I was in an accident Friday night. While waiting for the police to arrive I had my flashers on. After 25-30 minutes the battery died. I had no power whatsoever, could not even roll up the window. Does anyone know how that will affect the battery performance? Can it simply be recharged, or will I end up needing a new battery? I have 87000 miles on the car. Thanks!
In reading about this
In reading about this car (I dont own one), it appears there are two batteries that one has to be aware of with this hybrid car. One is a small 12v battery used for starting the car and apparently the other accessories including windows, flashers, radio, cigarette adaptor, etc. And then theres the big 200v battery used to power the electric drive motor. They seem to have the idea that the car will always be either moving or running off the gas motor to keep both batteries charged. In the cases where the car isnt moving and is using power, the little 12v battery doesnt have much capacity to last long doing things we got used to running off larger 12v gas car batteries. This means it doesnt take long to run it down. Im sure a battery boost or recharge will bring the smaller 12v battery back to normal. But after reading this thread, you have to be careful how you charge it else you might cause damage and even void your warrantee. Dont assume AAA guys or your good neighbor know what they are doing if they dont own a hybrid. What amazes me, is that they dont provide a switch to a circuit that charges/boosts the 12v battery from the 200v main drive battery for emergencies. Maybe they do, Im still learning about these cars myself. I doubt your main battery is affected by running down your 12v battery. Hybrid owners here can chime in and correct me if Im wrong.
This is a pretty good read
This is a pretty good read on the multiple batteries on board a Prius:
We have been using
We have been using prius. By reading your post, I think your 12v. small battery is run down. Jusr charge this and you should be fine. BTW you did not mentioned, if the accident had any damage to your car?
Bill - just check Consumer
Bill - just check Consumer Reports and see how many black circles you see for Ford Explorers and how many you see for the Prius.
End of story.
hi all is there anybody who
hi all is there anybody who can help me with my 1998 nhw10 prius? please help? please help? please help? i'm from mongolia , darkhan city