hybrid battery low warning dispayed on screen

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  1. Tbkilb01

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    says put in park!
    I just pulled into town after a 50 mile drive and stepped out of car to look at the lake and left A/C on. Usually this car chooses to drop the battery SOC after a long drive down to 2 bars and then charges back up to 60%SOC as I drive into town and get off the ICE. Today, after 5-10 minutes I was ready to leave the lake and as I closed door, the warning light pops up warning " low battery charge and to put into park". I turned off a/c and put in D and drove off... the battery went back up to 60%SOC as usual.. the battery SOC was approaching 12% and I did not want to be stranded...I wanted for ICE to turn on but I figured if I drive off the ICE would have to come on... I got lucky. time new battery? :confused::mad::cry:
     
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    you left it in neutral. you got lucky indeed.
     
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    you got out of your car without putting it in park? didn't it beep at you?
     
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    Did I though? Leave it on that is!
    If I did, then I was indeed lucky it didnt roll into the lake! But I think I didnt...
    It always beeps three times when the FOB leaves the car and I shut the door in READY and park. In addition, The doorlocks unlock to let me out. Rather noisly I may add. That beeping always occurs when I open and shut any door with FOB in my pocket.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it was in park. But I'm more concerned with the HV BATTERY draining or rather the timing of the drain!
    Coincidence? :cautious:
    How farther would battery have gone? o_O
    I saw it below 20%SOC!
    Has anyone seen that
    "LOW HYBRID BATTERY CHARGE..PUT IN PARK" warning?
    Bad timming?:confused:
    Maybe I wasnt thinking! Maybe I should've waited until the battery went through its dropping (6 bars to 2 bars and back to 6 again) cycle after being at 60%SOC drive for the previous hour. ;)
     
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    that's what happens when you go through a car wash in neutral. try it at home in park and watch the meter, see if it goes below 2 bars before the engine starts.
    or better yet, at the dealer, so you won't have to have it towed if it won't start.
     
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    You guys can sell ice to eskimos! Im guessing ya'll are right. In that case I really did git lucky! Thanks
     
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    I recall soon after we got our Prius, walking through a parking lot on the way to my morning train, puzzled by Prius cabs parked, engines running, bit of steam coming out of the tail pipe. I really had a hard time getting my head around this: how the heck could someone get one of the world's most efficient vehicles, and then park and leave it running?

    I'm starting to get it, but I still don't get it, lol.

    (Sorry for clucking, just my feeling.)
     
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    Maybe to keep the ac or heat on. I almost never turn off my prius if I'm walking away for 5 minutes
     
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    Yeah I understand the motivation.
     
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    okay I"m a believer! I repeated incident and yes I did leave it in neutral...:oops: Guess I was in hurry.:giggle: It was a beautiful sunset across the water though . I"m glad it all worked out...theres a first for everything...thanks again guys!:notworthy:
     

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    How do you even accidentally put it into neutral?.... I believe I've never, ever put our Prius into neutral. Maybe the car wash has done it without me knowing, but I haven't done it.
     
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    I use Neutral maybe once or twice per year, when rolling an angled tire into curb, parallel parking on steep hills. Just a little more control than if you're in Drive. That's about it.
     
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    I very rarely feel my brake pads have built up junk on them. If I stop from 60 in N it is gone.
     
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