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I own a 2010 Prius. It has a dead battery, front facing forward in my garage. I do not have long enough jumper cables.

I’ve searched the Internet. Did Toyota really create a car that cannot be put into neutral if the battery is dead? I need to move it out of the garage. Am I missing something here?

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    ah, the law of unintended consequences strikes again! while the fancy stuff is nice, it is one of the hindrances of electronically controlled vehicles – Patrick May 3 '11 at 12:26
  • Totally agree with you here... – Agile Scout May 3 '11 at 12:54
  • Thanks guys, this was a huge help this morning. Woke up to a dead battery after the interior light was left on. – user4599 Feb 27 '14 at 17:05
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According to 2010 Prius Emergency Response Guide (page 10):

Being electronic, the gearshift selector and the park systems depend on the low voltage 12 Volt auxiliary battery for power. If the 12 Volt auxiliary battery is discharged or disconnected, the vehicle cannot be started and cannot be shifted out of park.

The auxiliary battery is located in the cargo area. It is concealed by a fabric cover on the passenger side rear quarter well (page 15):

access to auxiliary battery

Sounds like you can get to the back of your car and there is no longer a need for you to put it into neutral.

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    The sad part about the Prius you can't open the trunk with out power – user4315 Jan 14 '14 at 13:43
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    @leo Yes you can, there is a lock cylinder that is opened with a key. It is strictly mechanical so there is no power required. – Move More Comments Link To Top Jan 14 '14 at 14:17
  • So what "worked" was that you thought the battery was in the front but it's actually in the back? – endolith Apr 7 '18 at 19:36
  • And if the battery is dead you can connect it to some other 12 V power source to get it into neutral? – endolith Apr 7 '18 at 19:44
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    @endolith Yes the battery is in the back, and yes you can just hook up a battery, charger or some other 12 volt power source to the battery to get it out of park. – Move More Comments Link To Top Apr 10 '18 at 23:01
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I know this question has been answered already, but keep this in mind for situations like this: Get your hands on two trolley jacks, jack the driving wheels off the ground, release the parking brake(handbrake) and roll that baby out of there.

  • How would this work, anyway? I thought the car was in park. – intuited Oct 18 '13 at 12:40
  • Park only locks the drive wheels. If they're on trolley jacks, it won't matter. – Captain Kenpachi Oct 18 '13 at 13:53
  • @JuannStrauss So this wouldn't work on a 4WD automatic then? :) – Dan Jul 29 '15 at 12:59
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    You'll have to push a bit harder. – Captain Kenpachi Jul 29 '15 at 13:10
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Make sure in the future that where you store your smart key is more then 15 ft. away from the car. If it is within 15 ft. it will drain the battery or deactivate the smart key fuction if the car is left for longer then a week. Under the steering wheel there are 2 red buttons. The left one is for the smart key system right one for tire presure monitoring.

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