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Discussion in 'Gen II Prius Main Forum' started by Isaprius2008, May 14, 2012.

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  1. Isaprius2008

    Isaprius2008 New Member

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    Recently Ive been having issues with my prius 2008 , it all started when I was driving back home and 3 lights came up randomly. They were the VSC, (!), ! With triangle. I parked the car and turned it off and turned it back on the engine would not start and the 3 lights from before came up in addition to the check engine light, the abs, the emergancy brake and anti skid, and then the red car with ! Came up on the navigation screen. I had to unplug the startup battery and pluged it back in. it started and was fine for about a day. Cant run any tests until it happens again. We had the 12V battery checked and it is just fine. Any ideas?
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    Who checked it and how?

    Can you do http://priuschat.com/forums/newbie-forum/73400-weird-stuff-happening-mpgs-dropping-test-battery.html after the car has sat overnight, reporting the values after each step?
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    A mechanic with a battery tester...
    He said that it was reading over 12.6.
    And the toyota dealer said that they would charge 189 dillars for a dignostic.
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    But that was after you drove it there, right?

    Let it sit overnight and run the test I pointed to...
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    Yes, when I unplugged the battery it turned on with no lights at all but it does it again when you drive the car for like 25-30 miles, I'm worry that the dealer is gonna rip me off!
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    1. Check the inverter coolant reservoir when the car is READY, to see if fluid turbulence exists. That shows the coolant pump is working. If you don't see turbulence, a failed pump is the problem.

    2. If a failed inverter coolant pump is not the problem, I suggest that you accept the $189 diagnostic charge. It sounds like your car has a problem with the hybrid system, and if your car has less than 60K miles logged then it should be covered by both the powertrain and hybrid system warranties. If a warranted problem is found then you should not be charged for the diagnostic time. Good luck.
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    You are covered under the hybrid system warranty for 8 years/100K miles. If the traction battery should fail again during that period then the replacement would be free of charge.
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    Thank you very much for your help!
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    Did they have a hybrid battery in stock? They have been on backorder for a while.

    11K is very, very early. Honda has a problem where seldom-driven cars are susceptible to battery imbalances, but I've never seen that with a Toyota.
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    They did have it!
    I have the car now ready and running!
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