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I got my snazzy silver streak Prius a couple of weeks ago (paid too much for it, of course, but I don't want to talk about that) and I love it!! So far I have driven about 400 miles (43.9 mpg). However, after driving it and reading through the owner's manual, there are two issues for which I cannot find answers. Please help me!!

(1) A couple of times the battery icon on the Energy Monitor display has turned from blue to light green. I checked the settings and could find nothing changed. Later, the icon turned back to the normal blue. Is this a display failure or it it a warning signal?

(2) The other issue concerns the power steering system. On p. 213 of the owner's manual there is a notice that states: "If you repeat the operation which will turn on the overheating prevention, the electric power steering system may be damaged." The only suggestion given is to leave the vehicle in IG-ON mode for a while to cool the system. If this a problem of translation. Can someone explain this in plain (preferably Southern) English?

Many thanks for any help you can give me.
 

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Prius Fan said:
(1) A couple of times the battery icon on the Energy Monitor display has turned from blue to light green. I checked the settings and could find nothing changed. Later, the icon turned back to the normal blue. Is this a display failure or it it a warning signal?
I'll let someone else handle your second question, but I can answer this one.

Green is Good! It means that you're holding a nearly full charge on your battery.

Someday you'll be driving around and notice that it turns pink and is only two bars from the bottom, that means that the battery is nearly empty. Not to worry, the engine will cycle on and make some power for ya!

I've found that it's easier to get into "stealth" (electric only mode) easier when the battery is green.

Happy driving.
 

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On p. 213 of the owner's manual there is a notice that states: "If you repeat the operation which will turn on the overheating prevention, the electric power steering system may be damaged."
"Whatever you were doing to make the power steering overheat, stop doing it."
 

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The battery icon changes color depending on how many bars are showing. It adds color to height as an additional indication of the SOC of the battery. You never need to worry about the SOC. The computer regulates that for you. It's really there just so you can impress girls (or whoever you may want to impress).
 
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