[ This was also posted under the Prius group, which is really the wrong place for it. ]

My family has three cars -- an 02 Prius, an 07 Camry Hybrid, and an 05 Honda CRV. Now the battery is weak on the CRV, and it won't start.

I've read (specifically in the jump-starting entry on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jump_start_%28vehicle%29) that a hybrid's secondary battery can't be used to jump-start a conventional vehicle, because the hybrid's 12-volt battery just is not designed to provide the surge of current that a starter requires. This seems technically reasonable to me (a software engineer w/o mechanical skills).

Any thoughts on this?

I'm kinda stuck at the moment. I guess I'll have to ask a neighbor for a jump. I never really considered this possible downside to having a hybrid.

Barry S.
Phoenix, AZ