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  1. #1
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    08 battery problem

    We bought a 2008 Prius in February. It has less than 6,000 miles on it. We went out of town and left it in our garage. We didn’t try to drive it for 12 days. On the 12th day, a Sunday, it wouldn’t start. So I called the dealership Monday morning after I got to work (in my 2001 Ford F150), and was told by someone in Service to go ahead and jump start it and keep an eye on it. It’s parked head in on the left side of a 2 car garage. I didn’t know which side the battery was on (still at work), but figured I could push it out of the garage if my cables wouldn’t reach while it’s in the garage.
    My cables wouldn’t reach. I couldn’t figure out how to get it into neutral to push it out of the garage. So I called the dealership again, and the person who answered the phone in Service called someone else to find out how to put it in neutral. The guy on the phone said since I have the “smart” key, I couldn’t put it in neutral with the battery dead. I’m thinking that key isn’t so smart after all, but to heck with it, I’ll go buy some longer cables.
    But then, the guy says I shouldn’t jump start it because I might “mess something up”. So the person in Service gives me the wrecker’s number, and told me to get him to take it in and they’d get to it first thing in the morning. But the wrecker said I’d have to call back in the morning, because they couldn’t get into the car lot after hours to leave it.
    So now it will be Tuesday, we’re going to have to borrow a car, I’ll drive my pickup to work, but I’m going to have to leave work to meet the wrecker, hoping he can get down my driveway and get turned enough to pull the car out of the garage backwards, in park.
    And why’d the first guy tell me to jump start it in the first place?
    Shall I go get longer cables anyway?
    To be continued...

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  3. #2
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    Can I just pick up a regular

    Can I just pick up a regular battery charger and use it on a Prius?

  4. #3
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    Nope, it didn't work.

    Nope, it didn't work.

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    Received a Toyota Technical

    Received a Toyota Technical Service Bulletin from the dealer. It's actually a pre-delivery service bulletin, but one item says: "to store for 10 days or more, disconnect the wire harness from exclusive jump starting terminal".
    And the service manager said to go ahead and jump start it.

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    Jump started the Prius last

    Jump started the Prius last night, seems ok. Now I can worry about comments I've found about losing battery performance after it discharges. I guess this whole episode also relates to an issue at the dealerships: misinformation about hybrid maintenance.

    And I'll stick that 10 day limit in my database too.

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    If you park your 08 prius

    If you park your 08 prius for more than 5 days you should turn off the smart key sensor. The smart key sensor keeps looking for the key and that drains the battery.To turn off the sensor look just below the streering colum.You could leave it off and insert the key the smart key slot to start your car.

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