2004 Toyota Prius Long-Term Road Test


2004 Toyota Prius: Jumpstarting a Hybrid

October 13, 2010

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How do you jumpstart a 2004 Toyota Prius? It's actually easier than one would think despite the intimidating hybrid technology under the hood.

Yes, last night our Prius was completely dead. Maybe someone left the interior light on all weekend. No one knows. In any case it needed a jumpstart.

By the way, FYI, when a Prius is completely dead, the gears don't work so you can't shift it into Neutral if you have to move it anywhere. Fortunately, our dead Prius was accessible.

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So, lifting the hood, since there isn't the usual battery, where to hook up the cables? Fortunately Vehicle Testing Manager Mike Schmidt knew exactly where. Lift the battery cover and there's a red box with a "+" sign on it. Flip up the box and you'll find a bolt where you attach the red cable to. The black cable should be attached to metal. We clipped it onto a nearby bolt on the car's frame.

Then hook up the other end of the cables to the live car, like usual.

Word of caution: Just make sure to close your Prius doors. Our driver side door was open so as soon as the Prius was brought back to life its alarm went off, unfortunately for Mike whose head was still under its hood. Oops.

Anyway, after this, I drove the Prius around for 45 minutes and it was fine.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor @ 85,080 miles

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