Malfunction indicator lamp? - Toyota Prius Forum : Prius Online Toyota Forums
User Tag List

LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-05-2011, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
(Thread Starter)
Default Malfunction indicator lamp?

We've had freezing temperatures the past week and my Prius has been sitting in my garage unused. I tried to turn the engine over, but all i got was the malfunction indicator lamp came on. I'm having it towed in to the dealer on Monday and I want to be educated on what might be wrong with it. Any ideas?
handley001 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-09-2011, 05:31 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA
Posts: 141
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Default Re: Malfunction indicator lamp?

We need some more description of your situation:
- What year or generation is your Prius?
- What do you mean by "turn the engine over"? Do you mean you're turning the key in the ignition (Gen I) or pressing the "Start" button (Gen II and III)?
- Is anything else behaving strangely?
- Did you connect a scan tool to the OBDII port and read out any fault codes?

It may be as simple as a dead 12V battery. If you dome light is very dim when you open the door, and you don't get the "READY" indicator when you turn the key, this could be the problem. Just clip jumper cables onto the 12V battery from another car and try again.

Douglas (2002 Silver, Wisconsin)

Douglas (2002 Prius, 2006 Highlander Hybrid, Wisconsin)
johnson487682 is offline  

  Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Master warning light/malfunction indicator lamp jlprewett Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 3 09-29-2016 10:01 PM
what does the malfunction indicator lamp mean? handley001 Toyota Prius Technical - Q & A 1 02-09-2011 05:35 PM
2006 Prius HID Lamp?? Phish Phood Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 2 10-12-2010 11:20 AM
2008 Prius Malfunction Indicator Lamp busybean Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 3 03-10-2009 08:55 AM
Fog light/lamp replacement - how on 2006? jveatch Toyota Prius - Technical Chat 2 12-14-2006 05:10 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome