How to Jump Start a Toyota Prius – and how long you should run your Prius after jumpstarting
You just got your new Wilde Toyota Prius and you are so excited to show it off, but the battery goes out and you need to know how to jump start a Toyota Prius and how long you should run your Prius after jumpstarting. Luckily we are here to help you with all your Toyota needs.
How to jump start a Toyota Prius
- Similar to most cars, you will need jumper cables and another vehicle. If you have a handy car battery charger, you may use that as well.
- Connect the red positive cable to your positive battery terminal and the battery terminal of another vehicle.
- Connect the black negative cable to the other vehicle’s black battery terminal.
- Connect the black cable to a stationary, solid, unpainted metallic point that is away from the 12 volt battery.
- Once all cables are in place, start the second vehicle’s engine. Ask the other driver to slightly accelerate and hold for five minutes while the battery recharges.
- After the five minutes, put your foot on the brake and turn the Prius on. Make sure that a ready indicator comes on.
- Once your Prius has told you its ready, remove the cables. First the black cable on your Prius, then the black cable on the other car, then the red cable on the other car, and finally the red cable on your Prius.
How long you should run your Prius after jumpstarting
After receiving a jumpstart, Toyota recommends you have your Prius inspected by a dealer, like Wilde Toyota to ensure there is no further service needed. Ideally, once the Prius is running it should remain in the Ready mode for at least 8 hours to fully recharge the 12 volt battery. The best option is to connect your Prius to a battery charger, but leaving it in Ready mode will work too.
Using this 8-hr recharge time is important for preventing damage to your battery and is even more important during the cold Milwaukee winters since, Prius charge circuit doesn’t have temperature compensation built in and as a lead-acid battery, it require a higher voltage to fully charge. After this period of time, if the car has another issue with starting it may indicate you need a new battery.
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Now that you know how to jump start a Toyota Prius and how long you should run your Prius after jumpstarting, you are ready to hit the road. If you still need some help with learning more about how your Toyota Prius, call us today! Our dedicated staff is always here to help you every step of the way! For more Tech tips and news, follow Wilde Toyota on Twitter or like us on Facebook.