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Toyota Prius Mk2 “gasoline only” operation mode

I want to get a used Toyota Prius Mk2 (XW20). I do not necessarily need to operate it in hybrid mode (gas + electric) and I am OK with operating it in a kind of "gasoline only" mode (because of a ...
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Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?

I have a 2006 Toyota Prius and I am worried that someone could amplify the signal of my contact-less key to unlock, start it and then drive it off. Does the Prius stall if the car is driven away and ...
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Prius dash board completely off and engine does not shut down

I took my 2006 Prius on a trip and at some point I drove for about 15 miles in unpaved road. The road was not really bumpy but it vibrated the car a little. About 10 miles into the ride in the unpaved ...
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12V Battery change

4 weeks ago I changed a 12V battery on my Toyota Prius auto. But after being in for two weeks the battery was discharged again. I tried to recharge it, but it did not work - the charger does not start ...
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Is Torque App reliable to read O2 sensor data?

My 2006 Toyota Prius is throwing code P0420 and I used a cheap OBD-II reader with Torque App on Android to check if my O2 sensors are working or not. I tried the maintenance mode to just run the ...
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2008 Prius Dead Battery

My Prius' battery is dead. It is in a narrow garage. 1) Can I shift it into neutral and push it out of the garage? 2) Can I open the rear hatch to jump the auxiliary battery in the trunk? 3) Is ...
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Socket wrench turns loose on top of spark plug

I'm trying to replace the spark plugs of my 2006 Prius, but the deep well 5/8 socket attached to a 2 in extender just turns loose, as if it does not fit in the top of the spark plug. I tried also 3/4 ...
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2009 prius front grill fans blowing air out

I have been having trouble with my ac blowing hot air at low speeds, and found my fans on the front grille are blowing air outwards instead of into the engine compartment. Im hoping its an easy fix, ...
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Can a universal catalytic converter be legally fitted to my Prius in California?

My 2006 Toyota Prius with 280k miles is throwing the P0420 code, which means that it (probably) needs a new catalytic converter. I live in California, which makes life much more difficult to replace a ...
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2006 Toyota Prius in Africa

I am an economizer, especially when it comes down to my transport expenses. So I live in Tanzania (Eeastern Africa), we have no electric vehicle recharging stations, not so many EVs around here, I ...
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Proper fuel type for Toyota Prius 2011

I have a 2011 Toyota Prius, and where I live there are only two types of gasoline: 90 and 95 (RON). In the refueling section in the car manual it says: "Use unleaded gasoline. (Octane Rating 87 [...
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How do I remove my license plate bolt?

The bolts holding on my rear license plate don't seem to want to come free. They just spin when I try to remove them. They are 10mm bolts. There is very clearly a nut of some kind on the inside that I ...
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Prius (2nd generation): 12v battery keeps dying

I have a Prius 2004 bought used 2 years ago. The 12v battery keeps dying. I changed the battery twice, with the last one installed in a few weeks ago, and since then the most I have left the car ...
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My aqua/prius c came without a auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How to install that option?

I have a 2012 aqua G model. The newer versions have the auto side mirror closing/opening option when locking/unlocking the car. How can I install this in my car? Do I need a software update or a new ...
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How to reuse old Prius fob with different Prius

I had a 2007 Prius until it recently got totaled, and I replaced it with a 2008 Prius. I'm now trying to pair my old 2007 key fob to my 2008 Prius. I've followed these steps (also pasted here), ...
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Prius V towing of ultra light camper

I love my 2013 Prius V so much I don't want to sell it But am wanting to tow a light weight camper of 1000 pounds. Is there any way this is possible without hurting my favorite car?
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How can I install a battery kill switch in a 2006 Prius?

I have a second home that’s a high-rise condo, and my Prius sits there unused for weeks/months at a time. The garage has no power outlets or sunlight, so a normal trickle charger is out of the ...
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2005 Prius-After replacing 12 volt battery, door won't open, but car runs

After replacing the 12 volt battery, hatchback door still won't open, however I drove the car several miles, only it lost power, the red triangle light cut back on, along with HV battery fans. Display ...
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Prius 2004 (generation II): problem with brake drained hybrid battery

For background, I bought my Prius used in the early 2015 with about 160,000 on it. After a few months I noticed that the hybrid battery would be systematically drained or nearly so upon starting the ...
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What is the Bluetooth revision supported by the 2015 Prius C?

I am trying to find out what is the maximum Bluetooth protocol level that the 2015 Prius C will use (if it matters, I have the "Two" trim, without the Entune system). I understand that Bluetooth ...
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Toyota Prius Does not Start up

I have a Toyota Prius. Once I stopped the engine of the car and stood for sometime. Then I started the vehicle. But it didnot start the engine. It starts indicating all range, petrol level etc. But ...
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Can hybrid cars be driven regularly without their battery?

I really like hybrid cars e.g. Toyota Prius ... but I would like to drive them without their battery so that I can drive them only on petrol and don't have to worry about battery maintenance / ...
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In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity?

In Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrids, at what max speed can it go with only Electricity? For latest models 2017 and up
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How does the Prius (2011) re-ignite the gas engine without causing too much wear on the ignition? [duplicate]

How does the Prius (2011 model if it matters) re-ignite the gas motor when it needs to be used without wearing down the ignition system too much? Since the Prius is a Hybrid the gas engine is not ...
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I have a dead Toyota Prius

2007 Toyota Prius blown engine need to put in neutral to move but can’t turn on. Does anyone know how to put in neutral?
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USB car inverter keeps burning out?

My car is around 8 years old now. I had a cheap USB inverters to charge my phone in my Toyota for 8 years and it recently died. Then I bought another another cheap USB inverter and it worked for ...
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2008 Prius: how often change full synthetic oil and filter

I have a 2008 Toyota Prius. I've looked at the manuals: Scheduled Maintenance Guide Manual Neither mentions synthetic oil at all. The Scheduled Maintenance Guide recommends changing oil and the ...
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Replacing donut spare on 2008 Toyota Prius

I recently had a flat tire (right front) on my 2008 Toyota Prius. The original donut spare, never used before, was used to replace it and I continued my 30 mile journey home, highway driving, before ...
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When doing an “Engine Coolant” and “Inverter Coolant” change. Do you use the same coolant type for both?

Well I got my 2011 Toyota Prius oil changed and the dealer wants me to pay $500+ to get both the Inverter and Engine coolant changed. However I feel I'm up to the task for a fraction of the price. ...
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Best slot in the fuse box to plug a hard wire kit for dash cam

I brought a Pruveeo Hard Wire Kit for Dash Cam and trying to plug it in to my car (Prius C) fuse box. I have a couple of questions regarding this. Should I remove one fuse (Say fuse for the viper) ...
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How to calibrate / reset the MFD (touch screen) on 2007 Toyota Prius

I just bought a used 2007 Prius. Its MFD (touch screen) is miscalibrated such that I need to touch 1 or 2 centimeters above what I actually want to press. For on-screen menu options shown near the ...
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2005 Prius Dashboard lights won't come on when headlights are on

Help! My 2005 Prius which has about 70K miles started having issues 2 nights ago- the dashboard display turns off when I turn the headlights on at night to drive... but I need the headlights on at ...
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Toyota Prius 2011 Model Grades

I went through loads and loads of user manuals and all were in Japanese. Could someone please let me know the differences between the G, G Touring, S and S touring trim levels?
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Prius 2004 (generation II): brake/ABS warning lights

In a previous post I recounted how a brake issue was perturbing the hybrid battery. After having the brake job done, a few weeks later (but not much driving in terms of miles), the (red) brake light ...
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2004 Toyota Prius gen2/XW20 sudden revving and low power

Summary: 2004 Prius gen2/XW20, 157k mi sudden behavioral change: revving at unusual times, seems to be relying on ICE, possibly causing hesitation when accelerating from stop or up steep hills. ...
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What are problems, if any, in connecting accessories to 12v battery in Prius or other hybrids?

I am thinking of getting a portable air compressor (for filling tires) that clips directly to the battery because it can draw up to 20A. (As I understand it, the usual max in many vehicles for the ...
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Trouble with car audio system

I recently got a used 2016 Toyota Prius C. This is the first car I've driven that has built-in bluetooth audio, and I've gotten that working just fine, but everything I play just shows the generic "...
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Prius doesn't playing music through bluetooth

Friend of mine has an older prius 2009 or 10 without navi we've never been able to play music from his iphone through the car via bluetooth. The phone will play audio through bluetooth for phone ...
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Engine overheating and radiator releasing water. What is the issue? [closed]

Model: Toyota Prius 2010. The engine is overheating and the radiator is releasing water, and idea why this is? Thank you.
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Toyota Prius 2013 (XW30) Coolant Expansion Tank Black Plug

Recently a friend of mine got used Toyota Prius 2013. And after driving it for a few days he noticed that the coolant is below the minimum. Topped it up but few days later it's gone again. It seems ...
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Prius dashboard completely off and the engine does not shut down [duplicate]

Thank you for helping me! I am a senior citizen and I bought a 2005 Toyota Prius. My question is this: Would your solution works all the time? Does this problem create more problems in the future? ...
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How to completely eliminate the reverse beep on a 2012 Prius

I followed these instructions (same as described in method 3 of a wikiHow page) to "disable" the reverse beep on my 2012 Prius using a bluetooth OBD2 adapter and a mobile app to connect to it. Type: ...
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2007 Toyota Prius multiple issues

Ok I have a 07' Prius. The red triangle comes on & the check engine light. It runs but when I hit the gas it bogs down and puts than gets going. I'm thinking transmission but don't know how to ...
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2003 Toyota Prius what are the sounds I am hearing when I crank my car?

Anyone know what the weird water rushing, flowing or gurgling sound is when I crank my car and when car switches back to the gas engine from battery , it also stops not long after the switch? It ...
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how does mileage affect the price of a used car? [closed]

I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask but I'm not sure where to ask this. so I'm looking at two cars. Both the same make, model, year and trim. (2012 Toyota Prius) according to the carfax ...
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2004 Prius needs 5k worth of work. Should I invest in this old car or a new one? [closed]

We have a 2004 Toyota Prius that needs a new hybrid battery, and other work. Total cost is about 5k. What would you do? Repair the car and maybe it will continue for another 10 years, or invest ...