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How to Jump a Toyota Prius

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What do you do when the battery dies inside your Toyota Prius? Jumping a Prius or another Toyota Hybrid vehicle isn’t much different from jumping a gas-powered car. So, how does jumping a Prius work? You’ll need jumper cables, an assisting vehicle, and a solid metallic point. Once you have everything you need, check out our guide on how to jump a Toyota Prius around Cincinnati below! 

How to Jump a Toyota Prius in 8 Simple Steps

Stranded on the side of a Loveland road and not sure how to jump a Toyota Prius? You’ll need to make sure both vehicles are parked, and the engines are off. When you’re ready, follow these steps: 

  • Step 1: Open your car’s hood and look under the fuse box cover. There, you’ll find the jump start terminal. 
  • Step 2: Connect the red positive jumper cable to the positive terminal in your car. 
  • Step 3: Connect the second red positive cable to the positive battery terminal on the assisting vehicle. 
  • Step 4: Connect the black negative cable to the negative battery terminal on the other car. 
  • Step 5: Secure the second negative clamp to a metallic point that’s a safe distance away. The metallic point should be unpainted and unmoving. 
  • Step 6: Start the engine on the other vehicle and allow it to run for five minutes. 
  • Step 7: Start your hybrid car and wait for a “Ready” notification. 
  • Step 8: Disconnect the jumper cables in the reverse order of how they were connected. 

Signs You Need a New Hybrid Battery

Signs of a dying battery are similar no matter the drive system, but there are a few red flags that are exclusive to hybrid vehicles. If you notice any of the following signs, schedule a battery inspection at Beechmont Toyota near Mason: 

  • Lowered MPG 
  • The gas-powered engine is working harder than normal
  • State of charge fluctuations 
  • Battery bar drops 

Get Dedicated Battery Service at Beechmont Toyota

Have questions about jumping a Toyota Prius, or do you need a dead battery replaced? Contact the service department at Beechmont Toyota, located in the heart of Cincinnati. Our staff is more than capable of attending to all your battery-related repair needs.

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