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Just purchased a used 2008. Loving it, but today the Hybrid

Customer Question

HI! Just purchased a used 2008. Loving it, but today the Hybrid System Warning light came on when I restarted after several quick errands of stopping, shutting off and restarting. Last several days the battery charge indicator has been grey rather than green.
JA: Just to clarify, what are the exact lights you're talking about?
Customer: Not sure what to call them - the one on the touch screen panel that has the lines showing how charged? Normally, when it is charging, it shows green. Last several days of driving it has stayed grey all the time. The other one is the Hybrid System Warning light
JA: What is the model of your '08 Toyota?
Customer: Not sure? Very basic with no bells and whistles.
JA: Are you fixing your vehicle yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Have only tried shutting it off and restarting. Drove ok the few miles to get home. Trying to get an idea of the problem before connecting with my mechanic husband.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: That's it
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 8 months ago.

What Model Toyota do you have? IS the yellow CHECK engine light on also?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Not sure of model. How do I determine that? It is a 2008, very basic. No, check engine light is not on.
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 8 months ago.

Is it a Highlander or Prius? Do you have the Vehicle Identification number?

Expert:  Skyvisions replied 8 months ago.

Do you have any recent service history on the car leading up to this issue?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
No service issues that I am aware of.
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 8 months ago.

Is it a Toyota Highlander or Toyota Prius? Do you have the vehicle identification number available? Do you have access to a code reader to plug into the port under the instrument panel to see if there any codes set in the engine computer?