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Nothing turns on in 2011 Prius

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Care, Maintenance & Troubleshooting' started by Chris Prius T, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. borgestes

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    If they hooked up ac gauges for an ecm update then they probably leaked out Freon on purpose so you would need the recharge. They exist to make money so they have to figure out a way to get you to give to their cause. If they didn't hook up ac gauges then they are just making stuff up which is just as bad. Its a shame it has to be that way. I bought parts from a gm dealer and the price went from 200 to 300 by the time I picked up the parts. That's just how it is when you do business with a dealer. I just paid it and left. It was the only way I could get the exact part that my truck had so I did it. I regret it but that's how it goes sometime.

    Btw, carbon in the throttle body is about normal and probably could be cleaned but you can do it with a tooth brush and a 3 dollar can of throttle body cleaner or carb cleaner. about a 5 minute job. Just open the little plate with your finger, give it a squirt and scrub it clean. if not now, later is as good. Its not a rush thing.
     
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  2. Mendel Leisk

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    I wouldn't "give it a squirt". Safer to apply carb cleaner to a clean, lint-free cloth (and/or q-tips). Even better is to remove the two nuts and two bolts, lift it off (coolant lines still attached), and clean it more thoroughly, from both sides.

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  3. Chris Prius T

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    Before I got my Prius I never went to dealerships. But once I got a "smart" car I decided I better let the "professionals" handle the car. I'm used to doing everything myself. I regret taking my car to the dealership, actually, to this specific dealership. I never had a problem at my old dealership, no up-selling, they were timely, and I never had problems after I went to them. But, I moved and went to this dealership twice, once for an oil change/a recall, and finally for the battery. Both times took an ungodly amount of time, the price went up, they massively tried to up-sell me, and after both times something started dying after I took my car to them. I'll have to bite the bullet on this one, I'll fix the battery myself and never go back to this dealership. If I took it back to them to have them fix their mistake they'll probably do something else and cost me more money in the long run.
     
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    Am I misunderstanding something?if you got the "new" battery from the dealership, it should be under warranty. If that's the case, why not take it back in?
     
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    A couple of reasons, due COVID and being in an "at-risk" category I don't want to risk my health or my families health, every time I take my car to this dealership they mess it up, and they will probably find some way to blame me. Honestly, I want to take it back, since it's only 6 months old, but certain members of the household don't want the health risk, also probably don't want to have me getting mad in the dealership.
     
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    I get the at risk, Im in the same boat. Best thing you can do in this situation is to just yank out the battery from the car and carry it in and have them check it. Show them the receipt or have them look it up. Even if you have to leave it and come back they should be able test it and swap it out if its bad. I bought a battery from advance the other day for a truck, almost had it installed and thought....wonder if I should test this before I close it all up. Plugged a tester on it and sure enough it failed. Had to take it back, Their tester was broke so I was going to show them, they just said we believe you, sometimes they come in bad. They swapped it out on the spot, I put the tester on the new battery and it tested good. battery.JPG With as many cars as I have this little tester has been pretty handy. It also will measure the internal resistance of Hybrid cells too. Carry in your battery and have them test it. They wont call a bad battery good and it costs them nothing to swap it out. They should charge it while they have it if it needs it. Plus you spent a lot of money for a quality battery you should get one. If they say its good, then it is. Time to look at other areas.

    I have some prius under cover in the back yard I let sit 30 days at a time. I go back there once a month and start them, force charge the hybrid battery up. They start right up. I sometimes put my motorcycle charger on them just as something to do but I don't think its required. I start them before I charge the 12 volt batteries just to let the car charge them first then I trickle charge them if Im concerned. I have 4 vehicles in "storage" so I bounce the charger around to keep the 12 volt batteries happy and well charged.
     
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  7. Grit

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    That is the way to go. There's more "buy a trickle charger & charge it up" responses than there should be, your response hits the nail on the head.

    Disclaimer- this reply may not apply in all situations.
     
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    Not much they can mess up. I replaced my battery under warranty recently. I just called in, and they suggested setting up an appointment. I went for the appointment, dropped off my battery with the service advisor, and then waited for them to bring the replacement. I did have to wait a while, but yeah.

    Of course yeah there is the COVID-19 aspect. Keep your distance, stay away from people that aren't masked up, wash your hands, etc. Stay safe
     
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  9. Chris Prius T

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    Do you think it could be my alternator? My brother (who was an electrical technician in the Navy) insists it's the alternator, and that I should have AAA check my car, he believes my battery is dead now, but that it wasn't the batteries fault.
     
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    Don't go there; there is no alternator.
     
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    :ROFLMAO:
     
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    yeah ugh, I just realized. Glad I can at least tell my brother something he doesn't know...
     
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