Dear Mr. Boxer Dog. You look kind of like my dog.
I suspect that the car was left on - as people sometimes do with Prius cars since you can't hear it run. In any case, on Sunday I went out to start it and it was dead. We jump started the battery - directly to the battery in the back, not the little jump-start thing on the fuse box in the front. It started up ok but I did'n't drive it anywhere. I just turned it off a few minutes after we started it up.
So this morning when I went out to go to work I realized that it was not right. I could unlock the door with the remote, but the signal was weak. then the car started also with the remote, but only the dashboard lights flashed and flashed - all of them, it was kind of scary!. So I turned it off, and it hasn't started since. We tried to jump it again, didn't work. I went to Toyota and bought a new 12 v battery, didn't work. My husband looked at the fuse, it seemed to be intact, but tonight we couldn't replace it. He thought it looked ok though.
It's a 2005 Prius with 150K miles on it, I had never replaced the 12 v battery yet, so it made sense to me that it would die. But now, even with the new one, we don't get any dashboard lights, dome light, beeping when the door is open, anything. No response at all.
HOpe you can help!
Hi there we are back. We tested the jump start attachment under the hood. with the voltmeter. There is no voltage to it - it shows "0"
By the way, we also tested the old battery and it is still 10.59. I wonder if it could be slow-charged instead of replacing it - it's already 6 years old and 150,000 miles.
Is it a fues that is by the battery itself (in the baci?) or in the fuse box in the front?
Hi there, after we detached the positive battery terminal - it just unscrews - I took it to our Toyota dealer today. The fuse is bolted to the part - to unbolt it, the sides of the part lift up on plastic hinges to give access to the bolts that screw the fuse in. After I saw the guy at Toyota do it, it was all very simple. Toyota didn't have the fuse, I just picked one up for $5 at Kragen auto parts. Now the car works perfectly.
Thanks for your help, none of the reference books or the on-line chat rooms had any information at all about replacing this fuse. It was something we never would have figured out on our own, We were ready to tow the car to the Toyota dealer, all for a simple fuse!