How to Jump a Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius

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

Jumping a Prius: The Steps

Before you jump start a Toyota Prius, you’ll want to make sure that both vehicles are parked with the engines off. Then, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Open your car’s hood and look under the fuse box cover. There, you’ll find the jump start terminal.
  • Step 2: Connect the red positive jumper cable to the positive terminal in your car.
  • Step 3: Connect the second red positive cable to the positive battery terminal on the assisting vehicle.
  • Step 4: Connect the black negative cable to the negative battery terminal on the other car.
  • Step 5: Secure the second negative clamp to a metallic point that’s a safe distance away. The metallic point should be unpainted and unmoving.
  • Step 6: Start the engine on the other vehicle and allow it to run for five minutes.
  • Step 7: Start your hybrid car and wait for a “Ready” notification.
  • Step 8: Disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order of how they were connected.

Signs You Need a New Hybrid 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 battery inspection at the Mossy Toyota service center:

  • Lowered MPG
  • The gas-powered engine is working harder than normal
  • State of charge fluctuations
  • Battery bar drops

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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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