2009 Prius won't start Strange short problem... Please help!

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  1. Kaptainkid1

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    It was installed by a dealer and still needs a work order to check the dead battery. I called 2 dealership and both said the same thing.

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    makes sense, except for the 'bring your dead on the road car here at your expense' part :rolleyes:
     
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    It is a risky proposition.
    The fact that it seems to have turned out OK probably says more about luck than skill.
    Sometimes you get a box of rocks for your $30.
     
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    how could skill be involved?
     
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    So since I installed a fully charged used 12 volt battery in my Prius. I've noticed my hybrid battery reaches Full Green charge bars more often. Since I've only drove this car a little under a year and 13000 miles. I rarely saw full Green Bars ever. It was all ways in the blue bar range. I never saw full greens bars even going down hill for 15-20mins coasting. It only happened after installing this replacement battery. Could an old 12 volt battery really effect this kind of out come? Will this help in my overall mpg?


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    It can certainly have this effect and affect the ability to reach green bars. But, the 12 V battery would need to be shorted or severely degraded such that the DC/DC converter was putting a lot of effort into trying to charge the 12 V battery. I have seen this effect also by keeping a charger on my 12 V battery so that the car has to spend less of its energy charging the 12 V battery.
    More than likely, in your case. Not everyone who changes their 12 V battery will necessarily see such an improvement, though. It just depends on what is going on with the 12 V battery.
     
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    Yes and maybe.
    As documented here by many, MANY other owners.
     
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