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Posted by Steve.D on August 12, 2006, 6:17 pm
 


Has anyone gotten a warning message before?  Four days ago I got a message
that said something like "Warning.  Battery will not charge unless placed in
neutral".  When placed in neutral the screen showed the battery was charging
and when placed back in drive the warning came on again.  I then turned off
the A/C and turned off the car.  When I turned it on again and placed it in
drive, the warning came on again.  I drove a short distance with the warning
on and then parked it for an hour.  That seemed to solve the problem.
I usually get about 54 mpg but my mileage dropped into the high 40s a couple
days.  The mileage appears to be heading up again.  I have a 2005 with 6,000
miles on it.  Over all this has been a great car.



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Posted by mrv@kluge.net on August 12, 2006, 10:17 pm
 



Steve.D wrote:

Is it the warning shown on page 14 of my 2004 US Prius Owner's Manual,
Section 1-2 Features on New Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Hybrid System,
Precautions for use?  There's a picture of the MFD which states
'CAUTION:  Shift the position into range "P" when
parking.  The batteries will not charge if the transmission is in
Neutral "N".'  This warning will come up if the Prius is on, in gear,
and the driver's door is open.  Not very informative, but the dash door
open light should be a clue.

And the screen doesn't tell you the whole truth.  Neutral ("N" on the
PRNDB display) is an electric neutral - there is no charging to the
hybrid battery, nor will the electric motors, or gasoline engine,
provide any power to the wheels.


Posted by Steve.D on August 13, 2006, 7:46 pm
 

I could not find the warning in the manual.  I am sure the door was
completely closed but with the warning message on the screen and the warning
sounding off, I did not notice a door open symbol.  At the time, it seemed
more serious because I did notice the gas mileage had dropped.  The screen
indicated the battery was half charged.

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Posted by mrv@kluge.net on August 13, 2006, 9:59 pm
 


Steve.D wrote:

page 14 of my 2004 US Prius Owner's Manual, Section 1-2 Features on New
Toyota Vehicle: Toyota Hybrid System, Precautions for Use.


Posted by richard schumacher on August 13, 2006, 5:09 pm
 



Why did you put it in "N"?  Just trying to get a complete picture of the
situation.

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