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Posted by Bill on December 19, 2005, 2:27 am

Well, the check engine light is out now but things went from bad to worse.
Drove the 3 miles to town with just the check engine light on.  Shut the car
down at the hardware store and when I returned and started it the radio came
on but everything else was blank.  The ICE was running so I drove to the gas
station 1/2 block away.  Had no power steering.  Shut it down, filled it
with gas, and started it again.  After a 5 second pause it came up normally
except now I had a hybrid warning indication in the top left corner of the
LCD display and a red triangle with an exclamation mark on the dash display.
Watched the info display on the way home.  Battery was 3/4 charged and the
indicator showed it was being charged.  Turned off the climate control and
tried to get into stealth mode without success.

Book says I should take it to the dealer immediately.  That's 65 miles away.
Dare I drive it there?   I'll call them in the morning and let them make the

Posted by Jean B. on December 19, 2005, 11:16 am
Bill wrote:

Gee, a spate of troubles for you.  :-(  I hope this is
resolved without too much more pain on your part....

Jean B.

Posted by Mike Furlan on December 19, 2005, 8:55 pm
Bill wrote:

Why should sliding on ice cause warning lights to come on?

Merely a coincidence?

Posted by Bill on December 19, 2005, 10:28 pm

I'm starting to wonder if the failed hybrid drive system caused me to slide
into the snow bank.  I've got a lot of experience driving under these
conditions and took that curve at a fast walk.  Since parking the Prius (I'm
driving it to the dealership on Friday) I've taken it three times in my
Explorer without a hint of a problem.

Posted by Michael Pardee on December 19, 2005, 11:52 pm
That's a possibility. Sometimes it's hard to know why we slide on a slippery
surface, so a hybrid failure could have led to the "crash." It all happens
so fast.


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