Master Warning Light, Malfunction Indicator, VSC, (!), and Hybrid System Warning on Screen

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Care, Maintenance and Troubleshooting' started by seanmcp, Jun 19, 2011.

  1. JC91006

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    You should replace the battery in your fob. That should fix the starting issue and locking issue

    SM-N900P ?
     
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    LOL!
    It's amazing after 9 years how much I know so little about this smart car. I knew there was a button for a remote but forgot about it as to what it does for the remote. I must have pushed the "KEY" button in under the driver's side dash at night before when the car was dead in the morning and didn't turn on. I was trying to find the OBD scanner port under the dash at night. In hind sight, that was the reason why the car didn't turn on with a FOB remote in my pocket. I just thought the car was completely dead.
    Doing more research on this forum, I was able to find a forum with an answer posted by JC91006 telling someone with a similar problem to look under the car for a remote push button. Sure enough, I found a button marked "KEY" and pushed it out. That did the trick. My remote works fully in my pocket to start the car and lock/unlock on the door handle. Thx JC.
     
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    Here are some pictures of the old and the new Orange painted Dorman battery.
     

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    Congratulations on a job well done. Lots of good simple trouble shooting involved in this thread. Excellent work.

    I don't think Rockauto is in CA or they would've taxed you on the order. and $52 for delivery on over 100lbs is really cheap. Is the shipping charges included in getting the core back to them?
     
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    rockauto.com is in Wisconsin. No Tax to CA residents. However, they have couple of shipping warehouses in Fresno and San Diego area. The wooden box crate was 148Lbs. I guess they have a discounted account with Fedex which they pass on to their customers. The core return shipping was not included in the purchase price. They have a simple core return program based on my order number. Last night I went to their site and input my order number for return core shipping of $48. to San Bernardino, CA ( which was their return dept. warehouse in CA) The shipping charge was deducted from my initial core deposit. A return shipping instruction along with a Fedex shipping label was available for me to print. It was very simple.
    Now that I have invested some money on this one, I will drive it for awhile. Thx. for all your help.
     
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    Hello - I wanted to check in and see if everything is still working well with your new battery, and that your transaction went smoothly with Rock Auto. I'm in need of a new main battery and I'm going to go down the same route you did if everything went well.....thank you!!
     
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    Hi John,
    Sorry for the delay. Check out the first thread" Main Battery Replacement!!" you sent me. My reply is there for your info. Let me know if you have any questions.
     
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    Hi Folks,
    After almost 1 year, here is the update on my main battery replacement. My first Dorman battery was a dud after about 3 months. It was replaced through Rockauto- Dorman shipped a fresh new battery directly from their warehouse in California. They took care of all shipping including the return shipping while a bad battery was still in my car. The second battery is working fine. However, I should tell everyone that although the rebuilt battery is working as expected, it's not as strong as a new battery. The battery drains and charges faster. Which reflects the strength of its battery core. Especially in a hot weather. I think it will function fine in a moderate or even in a colder climate. Having said that, if your car is in a excellent condition and plan on keeping the car for say another 5 years or so, I would bite the bullet and consider replacing it with a brand new battery from a Toyota dealer. A local dealer quoted me $3500 including installation so, a parts only option may cost much less.
     
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    I would suspect your experience would be the norm for rebuilt batteries. The batteries have lost a good amount of their initial capacity so the 3 years warranty would just barely cover what's left in the life of the good modules.
     
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    After reading through many many hybrid battery failures (now that the oldest second generation vehicles are getting close to 12 years old), I would forego the individual cell replacement/balancing option / the salvage option / and the "rebuilt" option. Let's face it: In comparison to the cost of a new vehicle, $3,000 is nothing. You can not even buy a decent used car for that amount So... if the vehicle has been WELL maintained, I would put my money on a new battery from Toyota and skip all the BS. Hopefully, the new battery would last as long as the original.

    My only question is this: Is Toyota still PRODUCING the replacement batteries for the gen II (2004 - 2009) vehicles OR are they NOS that will have a higher failure rate because they have been sitting on a shelf for a while.
     
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    Consolation prize!
    When I got the same warning lights, and later wore the batteries down too much while trying to diagnose the problem. as a last stich effort to get the car to turn on, I pushed in the "Key" button under the dash. And after I'd replaced my 12V battery had forgot, and my remote, which I'd bought at e-bay from so called Toyota dealer new, and programed via online instructions wasn't working right until I remembered to turn it back on too. ;) In the mean time, before I recalled, I thought I would have to follow all the hat tricks again because it wasn't 'officially' coded. But, like you, it was me what done that and, pushing it again solved it. . [grin]

    OR???
     
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