First time jumpstart a Prius

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My remote stopped unlocking the 2009 Prius. The remote light lit up red every time I pushed it but the car didn’t respond. 

I went on Google to try to figure it out. I hadn’t driven my car in 5 days. I found out there are 2 batteries in a Prius– one in the front hood to start the engine and the other in back for the hybrid use portion. I was pretty sure the front one was the one with a problem. I looked up how to jumpstart a Prius because I’ve never jumpstarted any car before. 

Thank goodness for YouTube videos. And I parked in a garage. I asked one of the attendants to help me although once he heard it was a Prius, he became skeptical since in the past, he was unable to help another patron. 

First I couldn’t open the door, so I found out that there’s actually a key inside of the remote. After I took it out, I read that it may be difficult to insert the key to open the door on the driver’s side. Thankfully it was easy. 

Next, the attendant drove over a van, left the van on, popped open the hood, and attached the red positive jumper cable to the red, and black negative to the battery. 

Using the other end, he connected the red cable to my Prius (under the fuse V12 battery box on the drivers side, flip the red little box), and connected the black on the hood’s metal latch (it sparked!). We tried turning it on several times by placing my foot the brake and pushing the on button. It didn’t work. 

We sat a little longer– and took the black one on and off the metal connection several times before I saw my car lights go on, and then start emergency honking. The car turned on!

From the Prius? We took the jumper cables off — black then red. Then from the van, black then red. 

Of course, concerned about the health of the battery, we searched up how to check. It was fine. 

Anyways, that’s it. 

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