How to Jump a Toyota Prius

2019 PRIUS Limited 

What do you do when the battery dies inside your Toyota Prius? Jumping a Prius or another Toyota Hybrid isn't much different than having to jump-start a gas-powered vehicle. To jump a Prius, you will need jumper cables, an assisting vehicle, and a solid metallic point. Once you have these items, check out Chicago Northside Toyota's guide on how to jump a Toyota Prius.

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Jumping a Prius: The Steps

Before jumping a Prius, make sure both vehicles are parked with the engines off. When you're ready, simply follow these steps below:

  • Step 1: Open your car's hood and look under the fuse box cover to 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

No matter the drive system, the signs of a dying battery are similar, 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 with the service department at Chicago Northside Toyota:

  • 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 any questions about how to jump a Toyota Prius, or you need to replace a dead battery, contact the service department today! Don't forget to check out our current parts specials and service coupons for great saving opportunities.

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