How to Jump Start a Toyota Prius

November 22nd, 2020 by

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

Are you wondering what to do if your Toyota Prius battery dies while out on the Provo roads? Can you jump-start a Prius? Don’t fret! It’s not difficult to jump start a Prius, or any other Toyota Hybrid, and the team at the Brent Brown Toyota service center is here to help! Similar to jump-starting a gas-powered vehicle, all that’s needed are jumper cables, a car that has a strong battery, and a solid metallic point. Once everything is set to go, follow the guide Brent Brown Toyota created on how to jump-start a Prius below.

Jump Start Your Prius: The Steps

Before you jump-start the Prius, make sure that both of the vehicles are parked and the engines are turned off. Next, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Open the 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.

How Long to Run a Prius After A Jump Start?

The short answer: Let your Prius run for at least 30 minutes after a jump start.

The long answer: Since a Prius is a hybrid vehicle, the process here is quite a bit different compared to gas-powered vehicles. So how long to run a Prius after a jump start? We recommend you let it run for 8 hours. We also recommend that you drive to our garage to have its battery inspected.

We’ll happily watch over it while it fully recharges its 12-volt battery. If you can’t get it to our garage, we recommend parking it in your own, putting it in “Ready” mode, connecting it to a recharger, and letting it sit for those 8 hours.

Why 8 hours? For one, your hybrid uses way more electricity than a gas-powered car so it has a bigger battery that will take longer to recharge. But why fully recharge it? It makes it easier for your battery to work and will increase its lifespan. Also, fully-recharging your battery helps it to better regulate its temperature during the cold months!

Can I Jump Start Another Car From A Prius?

If you’re wondering if you can jump-start a car from Prius, we really don’t recommend it. You’ll find this topic discussed on forums across the web, but if you consult your Toyota owner’s manual, Toyota strongly advises you not to try to jump-start your car from a Prius.

Is a New Hybrid Battery Needed?

Were you not successful when you tried to jump-start the Prius? A battery replacement may be needed. No matter what drive system you have, the signs are pretty similar. With that said, there are a few warning signs you will only see with hybrid vehicles. If your vehicle is experiencing any of the signs we mention below, please schedule a battery inspection with the Brent Brown Toyota service center.

  • Lowered MPG (which should be noticeable in a fuel-efficient hybrid like the Prius)
  • The gas-powered engine is working harder than normal
  • State of charge fluctuations
  • Battery bar drops

Visit the Brent Brown Toyota Service Center Today!

Do you have additional questions about jump-starting your Toyota Prius, how long to run a Prius after a jump start, or need to replace a dead battery, we have you covered! Our trusted service center can handle everything from routine oil changes to major automotive repairs. Contact the service center for additional information today. Don’t forget to check out our available parts and service specials so you can save on your next visit. While you’re here, you can even learn about our most popular Prius models for sale!

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