Once you've killed the 12v battery, it never quite recovers again. Best to replace it before it gets you stranded somewhere.Bob Gibson said:When you store the 2005 for a couple of weeks, thebattery dies. How can you restore it's capability?
Now that was just bad planning... Should die BEFORE school so you can stay home and play with the dog instead. CERTAINLY not die when you're on the way home to play.Tideland Prius said:Yeah but mine died after a few hours. Parked it at school in the morning, it was dead when I came back in the afternoon.
Some people have actually forgotten their car ON overnight, but I doubt that is the issue... Leave a door slightly ajar? turn the headlights on after you opened your driver's door? Leave the front or rear dome light set to the ON position? anything that would drain the 12v in a conventional car (leave an interior light or the headlights on) can also drain the 12v battery. (usually it's that pesky rear dome light... or in my husband's case, an improperly installed brake switch after the recall, where the brake lights would turn themselves on just by the weight of the unused brake pedal...)Tideland Prius said:Yeah but mine died after a few hours. Parked it at school in the morning, it was dead when I came back in the afternoon.
If shut down properly, hatches closed, lights off and SKS disabled your car should be fine sitting for 2-4 weeks at a time unused. SKS on 2 weeks may be the upper limit and some have reported issues as early as 10 days.dharma_turtle said:Battery fussiness is perhaps the only reason I'm on the fence about a Prius -- well, that and the fact that I'd prefer a Prius wagon with a roof rack so I could haul my kayaks -- although I wholeheartedly want to support anything that makes a difference for the planet. I live in Maine. I've often left my current conventional car in an outdoor parking lot and gone away for weeks at a time -- and had it start right up on my return, even after brushing all the snow off (I'm keen on regular maintenance and buying good batteries!). Does this thread suggest that I can't do that with a Prius -- or even leave it in my garage at home while I go away on an extended trip? In other words, does a Prius need to be driven nearly every day? (I'm also trying to simply reduce the amount I drive.)