Check Hybrid System - Stop Vehicle in Safe Place

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  1. 9aussie9

    9aussie9 New Member

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    Got the dreaded Check Hybrid System - Stop Vehicle in a Safe Place warning while driving. I was a mile from home so I drove home.

    It's an old car 2013 but with just about 40K miles. I did recently top up less than half a tank as I was waiting to go to Costco this weekend. My gauge shows two pips now. Could it be a faulty gas gauge? I am going to trouble shoot by adding some gas.

    Could it be the 12V battery? Or inverter? Do these typically last less than 40K before dying? Bringing the car into a mechanic tomorrow morning to check on the life of the 12V. But can someone quickly give me some trouble shooting tips and educate me before on this issue before a mechanic tries to sell me on repairing or changing something out?

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    It will most likely be low or irregular cell module voltages in your hybrid battery pack.
    It has nothing to do with gas gauge or being low on gas.
     
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    Get the codes read at an autostore. I think you will see P0A80.
     
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    What was the result of this?
     
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    The hybrid inverter / converter was the issue and it needed to be replaced. Luckily it has a 8-year warranty (5 more months to expiry) and so the dealership replaced it.
     
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