The Prius is a unique vehicle in comparison to non-hybrid cars. Because of its high fuel efficiency, it runs differently. Here are a couple of helpful tips.
Tip One: How to jump-start
Jump starting a Prius is slightly different from the conventional vehicle, but it can be easily done with another vehicle or the Quick-kick unit, found on the right side of the cargo.
Open the hood and locate the fuse block cover, and take off the lid.
- Clip the positive lead of the jumper cables to the positive jump starting terminal in the Prius.
- Connect the other positive lead to the positive battery terminal of the assisting vehicle OR to the positive terminal in the Quick-kick unit that will be providing auxiliary power.
- Attach the negative lead to a solid, unpainted piece of metal, and away from any moving parts. A great place is the hood release hook, as shown below:
- Start the engine of the assisting vehicle or turn on the Quick-kick unit. If you are using a second vehicle, gently start to rev the engine for a few minutes. A typical whirring sound may occur once the power has been restored.
- Then, start the Prius by pressing push to start and pressing the brake.
- The “Ready” light will turn on the indicator panel when the battery has been recharged.
- When the hybrid system has started, remove the cables in the opposite order you attached them. Follow this: 1. Negative lead attached to a metal piece. 2. Negative lead on the assisting vehicle/Quick-kick device. 3. Positive lead on the assisting vehicle/Quick-kick. 4. Positive lead on the jump starting terminal of the Prius.
Make sure to properly place the lid on the fuse box and close the hood.
The owner’s manual of the Toyota Prius recommends that after a jump start procedure is finished, you should have the vehicle inspected by a professional. You can schedule that appointment by clicking here.
Tip Two: Gear Shift B
Some Prius drivers may have noticed the B shift gear and may not know what its purpose is; so this tip comes from our staff because it is a frequently asked question.
The B shift selector is for Engine Braking; and should be used when descending. This gear should be used to control the speed, instead of the brakes. Braking while descending may cause the vehicle’s brake pads to overheat and fail. Remember to shift gears to B when going downhill, to help save energy and protect your brakes.
We hope these tips come in handy!