2004 prius, won't start weird displays

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  1. Sixthreeone

    Sixthreeone New Member

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    I got home from lunch and was in the car idling when on the main hun screen a message displayed "Engine problem" the the car shut off. There was a faint smell of rubber for awhile. Since then the car will not turn on. There is some initial power to roll windows down but not much else. AAA could not jump the car. On top of that when attempting to start the car the dashboard display shows the gears but then they immediately go away with blinking empty boxes where the gear should be. There is no red triangle or check engine icons displayed. Please help I'm very worried and very broke
     
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    This is what the weird boxes looks like
    They only flash when attempting to start the car.
     

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  3. PriusCamper

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    I read once that those symptoms, especially when flickering is a sign of a weak 12v battery... So check the 12v voltage first. If that's the problem, the cheapest fix would be to buy a trickle charger at harbor freight for $6 and see if you can get more life out of your 12v battery before replacing it eventually. It could also be something else though. How old is your 12v battery?
     
  4. Texas Hybrid Batteries

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    Your inverter cooling pump shorted out and blew the AM2 fuse. It’s a very common issue.

    Replace the pump and the fuse and it’ll be back to normal.

    Matt
     
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    I'm having a similar situation. Took car to shop to paint it. Ran fine going to shop. Dead when they went to pull it in shop. No dash lights, would not jump.Checked battery, good. Later found AM2 fuse had blown. I put in another and dash lit up, but it blew in 15 seconds. Unplugged inverter water pump and put in another fuse, dash came on and stayed on. However, car would not go to ready. Red triangle and other lights were on. After a few minutes, tried start button, and everything went out again. AM2 is not blown, but no power to dash. Any thoughts??
     
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    How many threads are you going to post your problem in? In this one I noticed you added some information not in the other 3-4 posts. It didn’t start for someone other than you and someone tried to jump start it. You should put that in the thread you started
     
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    Clearly your problem is the car doesn't like the color of paint you've choosen. If you choose a better color, it won't be an issue and the problem will be solved.
     
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