How to Jump a Toyota Prius

November 1st, 2018 by

Red and black jumper cables attached to a car's battery terminal

What do you do when the battery dies inside your Toyota Prius? Jumping a Prius or another Toyota Hybrid isn’t much different from jumping a gas-powered car. You’ll need jumper cables, an assisting vehicle, and a solid metallic point. Once you have everything you need, check out Brent Brown Toyota’s guide on how to jump a Toyota Prius below!

Jumping a Prius: The Steps

Before you jump start a Toyota Prius, you’ll need to make sure both vehicles are parked and the engines are off. When you’re ready, follow these steps:

  • 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

Signs you need a battery replacement are similar no matter the drive system, but there are a few red flags that are exclusive to hybrid vehicles. If you notice any of the following signs, schedule a battery inspection at Brent Brown Toyota near Provo:

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

Learn More About Toyota Service from Brent Brown Toyota in Orem!

Have questions about jumping a Toyota Prius, or do you need a dead battery replaced? Contact the service department at Brent Brown Toyota, located near Lehi and Draper. Take a moment to review our current parts specials and service specials for savings opportunities!

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