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Posted by xx on November 6, 2005, 12:30 pm
 
on a 2001 prius, the car was left unattended for a long time and the battery ran
down. where is the battery and how do i charge it? ASAP, please?


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Posted by Bill on November 6, 2005, 7:32 pm
 


The battery is in the back curbside corner (assuming you drive in the right
lane).



Posted by DBLZOOM on November 6, 2005, 10:36 pm
 Which battery?  The main power one or the small accessory one?


xx wrote:

ran down. where is the battery and how do i charge it? ASAP, please?


Posted by Bill on November 7, 2005, 2:54 am
 

The small accessory one.



Posted by Michael Pardee on November 7, 2005, 12:12 am
 
It is in the trunk, left side as you look inside. There are pull-type
fasteners and the side panel comes off.

Charge with the lowest current charger available (this applies to all car
batteries, IMHO). I like 2A chargers, but 4A is about as low as I've seen.

Sadly, completely discharging the battery (especially when they have a few
years on them) often is the beginning of the end. You may want to carry a
portable "jump-start" kit in the trunk - it isn't a bad idea anyway. The
smallest one you can find is also adequate, since the battery has very
little demand in starting.

Mike



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