My brother’s 2003 Prius help won’t start

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  1. Priuslover09

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    My brother went to start his car and it wouldn’t start he got the code
    P3125 and he touch the inverter and it burning red hot. He called the Toyota dealership today and they told him it would be over 6,000$. He lives in below Indianapolis and he needs some options otherwise he would be needing a ride from his gf that has a ford focus xl 2000
     
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    Feel free to use google.....................
     
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    again I use yahoo
     
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    Maybe that's part of the problem with not being able to find good solutions? Google is everyone's friend if you have a question. Yahoo is great if you like reading about the Kardashians latest news
     
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    Did anyone check the level of coolant for the inverter coolant system? This will be the reservoir at the top center when you look under the hood. It should be between the min/max marks and look nice and red / dark pink.

    The P3125 can come with a any number of "subcodes." Do you also have a subcode? (There are a lot of them. See here: P3125 - Toyota Prius Hybrid Fault Code Diagnosis - Rennacs) In other words, basic Pxxxx codes rarely point to any magic bullet. They're just starting points for diagnosis. On that note...

    Do not take a car like this to a dealer. Ads aside, dealer service departments can give a rat's tail about true "service." Everyone who walks through the door is just a cash cow, and that is all. Ask around among people you know and use ... well, whatever internet search strategy you want... to see if you have any reputable, locally owned, independent shops that specialize in prius/hybrid work and use them instead.
     
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    Yes my brother did
     
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    Do you or your brother have any automotive troubleshooting experience? It will take some knowledge of cars and some electrical knowledge helps as well with this car. Do you know where the inverter coolant pump is? its behind the drivers headlight. Need to check it to see if its pumping. It should be running with the key on.

    Had your brother been driving the car prior to getting the code? Had he already been driving the car before he touched the inverter?
     
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