Park Warning Screen

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  1. mikefocke

    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    In the middle of a trip on a hot Sunday with a tight time schedule. Refuel. Pull quickly into a parking space. I had let my wife do her pit stop first and I guess I was in a hurry. Fumbled the sequence for shutting off the car and the park didn't take. Then put the parking brake on.

    Did my business, came out and hit the start button and my dash lit up like a Christmas tree. Every warning light was on. Complete with a rectangular screen on the right telling me that I should park on a flat spot and put the parking brake on. Well duhh. Got out the owners manual and all it did was repeat that. Played with every park and stop sequence and parking brake sequence I could think of. Called Toyota Service hoping they could tell me a button pushing sequence that would get me to a long time friend's memorial service. I'm in the boonies 120 miles away and time is important. No help there but they will arrange a tow to the nearest dealer. Closed. It is Sunday. ~$140 quote to tow. No obvious motels. No car rental places for 30 miles. What choice. Yea, call the tow truck. More interested in getting my credit cars and getting me to provide feedback than having a script to help with that message.

    Tow guys show up. I give them my key. Explain what happened and that it will have to be flat bedded. One gets in the car after my explanation, other pushes the front of the car. Don't know if the guy inside was fiddling with any buttons or not. All of a sudden the car moves a bit. I get in, start the car, think all is good. Thank them. They drive off. Then I get in to start the trip again and realize they took my key. A well, they had called me and I called them when they were two blocks away. Snaged the key and completed the trip. Made it in time.

    To Toyota Service's credit they followed up with text, email and phone calls asking if the tow had been done.

    But a warning...don't fumble the parking sequence just because you are in a hurry.
     
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  2. bisco

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    funny story! glad it worked out. those warnings are terrible. usually, it's a door ajar or something stupid.
     
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    Quote: "I guess I was in a hurry. Fumbled the sequence for shutting off the car and the park didn't take. Then put the parking brake on."

    What sequence.
    Everyone here says to just press the Power button off.... which automatically puts it in park.
    Done.
    Most of these guys don't even use the parking brake.
     
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    it is possible to confuse these computers, must be a bug.
     
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    CoastRider -
    I guess you could call me "SpaceCoastRider" as an Alt-User Name. There may not "Technically" be a "Sequence." But, if you include me, not "Everyone here says to just press the Power button off."

    My personal practice, which began in 2006 when I purchased and started piloting a 2007 GEN 2 Prius, is:
    1. STOP.
    2. PRESS "PARK" BUTTON.
    3. PRESS "POWER OFF" BUTTON.
    4. DONE.

    Here in flat beachside/oceanside Florida, I never use or engage the Foot ActivatedParking Brake.
     
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    Same here...
     
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    I wonder if parking prawl failed to completely enage. My clue was when towing pushed front of car a bit.
     
  8. mikefocke

    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    That was my guess or engaged in a way that didn't allow it to retract. I had actually tried the push before I called Toyota but I didn't try as hard and there was no one in the car simultaneously playing with the buttons.
     
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    My son used to push the foot brake all the way to the bottom all the time. One day after my son had used my car the previous night, the next day I tried to reverse after starting my car and the car would not move. Tried moving forward and no luck. The car felt like it was locked. I was starting to freak when I decided to put it in reverse one more time and accelerated the car. I heard a loud sound coming from the vehicle's rear tires. It seems like the foot breaks would not let go after relasing them. Right after that the car worked fine and have not experienced any issues. I just keep reminding him not to press the foot brakes all the way down. Maybe something similar to this happened to you.
     
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  11. mikefocke

    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    Looking back on the incident, I wonder if I didn't try and put it in park when I was still rolling. Neither of the brakes (foot or park) being on. As I said it was a bit of a rush and I'm sure I bollixed it. No incidents in the thousand miles since.
     
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