05 prius dash lights flash, won’t turn on

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  1. ainsley34

    ainsley34 New Member

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    Hello, my ‘05 Prius was occasionally turning on with no dash lights but would drive fine without them. Now, it won’t turn on at all. All the dash lights flash when I hit the power button and then squares pop up in the dash for a moment. I had a brand new battery installed 2 months ago. They also reprogrammed the key fob to work (previously had to use manual key to unlock/lock). I’m wondering if this has to do with the fob or another issue. Any help is much appreciated! The shop I got the battery replaced is closed for the weekend so trying to troubleshoot myself.
     
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    Did you buy a brand new battery? Whenever there's a no start issue, the first place to check is the 12v battery.
     
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    Not sure if my 2 cent comment will help.
    Seems the problem is/ was intermittent.
    Dash was working ever so often a few months ago, now completely failed.
    Dash lights still currently work at start up then goes dark/ blank once the vehicle is started.

    My comment...juggle the dash light brightness adjustment switch.
    Sorry no greater lead than that, could be loosen connect behind the dash?
    FWIW I do not think this is FOB or 12v battery issue nor a fuse issue, but inspecting the dash light fuse could be worthwhile.
    Good luck hunting :)
    Let us know what you find.
     
  4. dolj

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    It sounds like your combination meter (CM) is in the latter stages of complete failure. This can be repaired at the dealer for about $800 or you can contact Matt @Texas Hybrid Batteries for their solution which will cost you ~$150 for a repaired unit that has a lifetime warranty, odometer programmed to your milage and when you return your broken CM back to them they will give you a refund of ~$75 for it. The only catch you (or a good friend) will need to remove the old and install the new one, which will involve the removal of some of the dash. There are YouTube videos to follow.
     
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    Which battery was replaced and how much did you pay?
     
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