Elec error/car won't start due to conv't battery
We bought one of the first available HHs in 2005 and have driven it over 65K. We started getting an error message when starting the car to "shift to PARK before starting" (the car was in park). After a few tries this would resolve itself, however one mid-morning (after driving an hour) it did not. Per the dealer, the problem is with the conventional battery, which caused electrical errors when it was not putting out enough current to the system, and thus no READY light.
Toyota tells us the battery (specific to the HH) has been ordered and may take several weeks to arrive. We post this so that HH owners are aware that there is a known problem with the conventional battery running down which can cause your vehicle electrical errors which prevent it from starting - we were able to jump start the car to get it to the dealer - and that at least right now the replacement batteries are not readily available.
p.s. we found a tremendous mileage difference when not using the blower/ac/heat in the spring/fall (aver 28 mpg), granted opening the windows requires some finesse to avoid the wharble, but +6mpg is worth it
Same Problem with Battery
I have had to have my Toyota HH jump started four times in the 16 months that I have owned it. I drive it 50 miles a day. I finally took it to the dealer who checked it and told me that all systems were working normally so there was nothing they could do. If this is working normally then that says very little for the design quality.
I also have a 2006 Toyota
I also have a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid that would not start on two occasions. Both times the car had been running for some time , turned off for 5 minutes and then it would not restart. On one occasion after sitting for a few hours it restarted. The other time it had to be jumped and the code read "Shift to Park" even though it was already in Park. I took it in and everything checked out and of course they said that they never heard of this happening before. Does anyone know what the correct battery should be or if Toyota is acknowledging a problem. Is there a chance of a recall to correct the problem?
I have been having this same
I have been having this same problem for the last 8-9 months. I bought my car in August 2006. I got the same answer from Toyota when I took the car in, but now it has happened again today, after leaving the car parked for only 45 minutes. Have you had any other communication with Toyota?
I have owned my 2008 HH for
I have owned my 2008 HH for 8 months and have 30,000 miles on it. Looks like I'm currently experiencing this problem. I regularly use the vehicle's radio and inverter w/ laptop without the car running. I have noticed the car will automatically shut off power after some time but as always started back up again. Perhaps this is a "new" system to combat the problem described here. If this problem persists my dissapointment could not be fully expressed within the posts of this site.
I didn't buy an expensive new car to spend my time replacing batteries instead of working to pay for it. It might be time to ditch the $40K vehicle for a $5K one as it seems, based on the posts here, to be a more reliable option. Ridiculous!
I do not have an (HH) but I
I do not have an (HH) but I do own a Chrysler 300 which is having the same problem. The rebooted the computer several times only to have the same power failur to happen again. They then suggested it was the small battery that came with the car and sugested a new battery. Some gel super battery. Well this battery after a week off sitting in my garage has drained to now power and after several jump starts does not even hold a charge. I have spoken to severl people and mechanics who suggest hat its some sort of computer module coming on when car shuts down and keeps aconstant draw of power on the battery. The dealer and Chrysler have yet to solve my problem and I bought my car in 2005. This is exactly whats wrong with our country. Greed and a lack of service. As we do have great people around us the market and companies have fallen under there own hands from not probviding service and quality to consumers. Meanwhile the dealer has offered to buy our car back. and so no solution to the car problem. Good luck....
Although this thread is kind
Although this thread is kind of old, just a thought. I own a 2006 HHY Ltd and just had my first (original) small battery die. Caused sensor computer to unprogram and I kept failing smog check after the new battery was replaced. Have never experienced the shift to park before starting car error.
Now to my point, I also own a 2001 MBZ SL convt as a replacement for a 1992. In the 92 battery would die because the cd changer continually placed load on the battery, even when the car was fully shut down. MBZ had to specify a new non-nav entertainment system and my newer SL can sit for weeks and never hesitate to start. I agree that this can only be considered a design flaw.
Currently I am having the
Currently I am having the same problem. It did not start in the morning when I was ready to come to work. Now during lunch time it started, now after 3/4 hours in parking lot it gave up starting on me. I have RX 400H. Bad thing is I live in a small town which does not have Lexus dealer. I have to take it to Toyota dealer now. It was mistake to buy a hybrid.
Our 2006 Highlander did not
Our 2006 Highlander did not start yesterday. We also had the dashboard warning, "Put in park to start."
We suspected that the 12v battery was the problem. We took it to our local Firestone shop. They tried recharging it, but could not.
We purchased a new battery from Firestone. It wasn't a "special" Highlander battery, but one that they had in stock. We came home and installed it in the Highlander.
The Highlander started right up.
We have been very pleased with the performance and mileage of our Highlander. This has been the only issue with the vehicle. Aside from our initial panic, this was a minor incident. This was not discouraging or hasn't led us to rethink our hybrid purchase.
If anything, we would have liked some forewarning from Toyota that this might be an issue. We are thankful for online discussion groups like this one to give us an idea what to expect.
We also have a 2006 Toyota
We also have a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid that would not start. Message "shift to PARK before starting" appears. Both times the car had been parked for some time. We have replaced the aux batery that was 6 years old and it was ok for a while (7-8 months) and then happened again.
Charged the car for 6 hours. runs ok now. we will see how it goes.