2019 PRIUS Limited 

Are you wondering what to do when the battery inside your Toyota Prius dies? Jumping a Prius or any other Toyota hybrid is not much different than jumping a gas-powered car. You will need an assisting vehicle, jumper cables, and a solid metallic point. If you have that ready to go, take a look at Elgin Toyota's guide to jumping a Prius.

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Jumping a Prius: The Steps

Before you get started, you will need to make sure both vehicles are parked and their engines are off. Then, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Open your car's hood and look under the fuse box cover. That is where you will 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 let it 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

Signs of a dying battery are similar no matter what vehicle you drive, but there are a few red flags that are exclusive to hybrid vehicles. If you notice the signs below, bring your vehicle in to the service department at Elgin Toyota for an inspection:

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

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Have additional questions about jumping a Prius? Want to learn the difference between the Prius models? Compare the 2020 Toyota Prius with the 2020 Nissan Leaf, or contact the service department at Elgin Toyota. Be sure to browse our service coupons and save on your next appointment.