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    This morning, I noticed the hood of my Prius popped open. I put on some latex gloves and lifted it, and from my unprofessional perspective, things look okay. The battery is still there. It smells like cigarette smoke around the area. Any advice or thoughts on how to proceed? Thank you
     
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    Look under the car....or? Try to start the car.
    If it starts and it sounds like some 17-year-old boy got a hold of the exhaust system then YOU CAN probably drive the car for a while but you're going to need to read up on catalytic converter theft.....

    Battery is still "where" exactly?
     
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    There is no battery in the front of the car, if you see a box on the right side, it's the box that contains fuses and the jump point (if you need to jump start the car).

    The battery to this car is in your trunk/hatch area
     
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    Do you mean as in "does it still have a catalytic converter?"

    And if not, were the horn wires clipped?
     
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    The engine hood popped would mean the car would be unlocked and someone has gotten access to the inside of the car. You can't open the hood any other way
     
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    Yeah you can....
    Locks are for HONEST people.
     
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    I looked under the car just now, and everything looks fine. In fact, there are cobwebs. I am readying myself to start the car. My old school mechanic installed a heavy duty battery cut off switch before he retired, and that switch is now on, meaning the battery is cut off, and I would need to flip that switch first.
     
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    Yes, That’s what I was trying to say. The box on the right side where I need to jumpstart the car is still there.


    What I meant by “battery,” is the box on the right side where you would jump start the car.

    It’s strange that the hood was popped, but the locks on the doors were still locked, and everything inside the car looks just fine.

    I will have to read up on where the catalytic converter is and take another look. I don’t know what that is or what horn wires are.


    Hi again, where are horn wires? Not coming up in a google search. Thanks!
     
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    The batteries are somewhere else, in back. A cable runs from that box back to the 12V battery.

    Some thieves first clip the wires to the car's horn to prevent any alarm system from blaring and attracting attention, before proceeding with catalytic converter theft. I don't know just where those wires are, but others here do. Popping the hood isn't the only way to reach them.

    The catalytic converter is in the exhaust system underneath the car, fully visible and not hidden by any of the cover panels. If you see a bright sheet metal half-tunnel (a heat shield to protect items above), with nothing below it, that is where the converter used to be.
     
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    Ok, thank you again, and here is my update. I went out to the car, and looked for the catalytic converter, which is thankfully still there. Then, I tried to start the car, and it wouldn’t without a jumpstart. I have an Anker Roav jump starter for that. After that, I moved the car from the front of the house to the back of the house, where it is surrounded by apartments, with people in them who would be asleep at night, and noise carries really well there. The trade-off is that the front of the house now has an open spot, which makes it look like there may not be anybody at home. Then, I honked the horn to make sure it worked (hadn’t yet read your last post), and it did. Thanks again and if you wanna share any more thoughts, I’m all ears and really appreciate it.
     
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    If you start the car and it's really loud, you'll know your converter's been swiped.

    If it isn't really loud, you'll know it hasn't been.
     
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    If you have to jump start this car whenever you need to start it, there's a good reason why the hood is popped open. Maybe you didn't close it the previous time.

    It's probably a good idea to get a new battery, you don't want to get stranded when you drive this out.

    Catalytic converter theft is rampant in Los Angeles. It's best to park this car in a garage or find a way to protect it. It's worth a few hundred dollars to the thieves and it only takes them a minute to steal it.
     
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    Yes, I may not have closed it well last time. When I leave this car without driving it for a week, it needs a jump. I’ve been so distracted lately that I forgot that. My mechanic installed a battery cutoff switch.

    Shoot re the catalytic converter theft. I wish there were an easy way to protect it right now.




    Gotcha, thankfully the catalytic converter is still there, and the horn still works.
     
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    there are a few threads here on protecting the cat, but easy or cheap aren't part of them, unfortunately. then again, if you look at the cost of a replacement...
     
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    Ugh, thanks. I’m glad at least to be educated about this at this point. Had no clue until today.
     
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    LA is a hot spot, along with london for some odd reason. you could talk to your insurance company before the fact
     
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    Good idea! I’ll send the insurance company an email.
     
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    Bay Area has a ton... I'm a cop in a big city and we are currently tracking and chasing several "professional" thieves that are causing a ton of really expensive fixes.... especially being CARB compliant cats :mad:
     
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    As long as there's a $1500 price difference between a California cat and a Nevada cat......two things are going to be true - particularly in Yotas........
    1. Some people are going to split the bounty on these with a battery operated saw and a lookout.
    2. States outside the California are going to keep getting good condition G2 and G3 Priuses that are auctioned out of the California.

    Besides:
    Prop-47

    Whataya gonna do when you catch them?
    Write them a ticket? ;)
    Do you get to AT LEAST confiscate their saw?

    And yes.....I know....LEOs are holding up THEIR end of the log.
     
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    ETC(SS) you hit the nail on the head my friend.... Prop-47 is exactly the cause... and yes you're right also, cite and release :mad:
     
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