How to Jump a Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

What should you do when the battery inside your Toyota Prius dies? Learning how to jump-start a Prius or another Toyota Hybrid is not that different from jumping a gas-powered car. You will need an assisting vehicle and jumper cables. After you get everything needed, refer to the guide below from Mossy Toyota on how to jump a Toyota Prius.

Jumping a Prius: The Steps

Before you jump-start a Prius, you’ll want to make sure that your Toyota Prius and the assisting vehicle are parked with the engines off. Then, follow the steps below:

    Jumper Cables

  1. Open your car’s hood and look under the fuse box cover. There, you’ll find the jump start terminal.
  2. Connect the red positive jumper cable to the positive terminal in your car.
  3. Connect the second red positive cable to the positive battery terminal on the assisting vehicle.
  4. Connect the black negative cable to the negative battery terminal on the other car.
  5. Secure the second negative clamp to the vehicle’s metal frame. The part of the frame you choose should be unpainted and immoveable.
  6. Start the engine on the assisting vehicle and allow it to run for five minutes.
  7. Turn the Prius power switch to “ON” and wait for a “Ready” indicator light before starting your Prius.
  8. Disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order of how they were connected.

Once you disconnect the jumper cables, it’s important to allow your Prius to run for up to 10 minutes before shutting it off again. This allows the battery to recharge, and prevents the vehicle from failing to start again later on.

Signs You Need a New Prius Battery

No matter the drive system, there are signs of a dying battery that you should be on the lookout for. With that said, there are a few red flags exclusive to hybrid models. If you notice any of the signs listed below, please schedule a Prius battery inspection at the Mossy Toyota service center:

  • Lower MPG
  • The gas-powered engine is working harder than normal
  • State of charge fluctuations
  • Battery bar drops
  • Your vehicle lights are dim when you turn them on without the assistance of the motor

Get Toyota Prius Battery Service In San Diego

Now that you know how to jump-start a Prius and the warning signs of a bad Prius battery, learn more about DIY car care with the team at Mossy Toyota. If you have additional questions about how to jump a Toyota Prius or you need to replace a dead battery, feel free to give us a call. Before stopping by, be sure to take a look at our current parts specials and service specials for additional savings!

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