How to Jump-Start a Prius in Huntsville, AL

Jumper Cables

Hopefully, you’re never in a situation where you need to jump start your hybrid, but if you are, knowing how to jump-start a Prius is your first step. Many Hazel Green, AL drivers are curious and ask us, “Can you jump start a Prius?” The answer is yes, and it actually isn’t much different from jumping a gas-powered car. Collect your materials, jumper cables and an assisting vehicle, and you are ready to go. Once you have what you need, keep reading this Landers McLarty Toyota guide on the process of a Toyota Prius jump-start!

Prius Jump-Start: Step by Step

Be sure both vehicles are parked and the engines are off before you go to jump-start your vehicle (obviously one of them will be off, hence the jump-start). Once everything is in order, here’s how to perform a Toyota Prius jump-start:

Step 1: Pop the car’s hood, and look under the fuse box cover. 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.

Contact us at Landers McLarty Toyota if you have any other questions or would like one of our professionals to assist with the process.

Can You Jump-Start a Prius or Do You Need a New Hybrid Battery?

No matter the system, there are a few common red flags that pop up when your battery is dying. If you don’t notice these preliminary effects, then there are some hybrid-specific signs. If you notice any of these happening in your vehicle, you’ll want to schedule a battery inspection at Landers McLarty Toyota near Madison, AL ASAP:

  • Lower fuel economy ratings
  • Gas engine working harder than normal
  • State of charge fluctuations
  • Battery bar drops

Explore More Toyota Service Tips With Landers McLarty Toyota of Fayetteville!

If you still have questions about how to jump-start a Prius or think it’s time for a battery replacement, you can rely on the service team at Landers McLarty Toyota. Contact the service department today or schedule your appointment online. Explore our most up-to-date parts specials and service specials for savings opportunities!


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