Hello. I’m new to the forum and looking for some advice about my 2004 Prius. As of today, the car won’t start. I put in the “key” and press the power button, but nothing happens. Also, no dash lights come on, the power locks don’t function and the dome light doesn’t come on, so the car does not appear to be getting power.
I pulled out the 12V battery and brought it to an auto supply store. They tested it and told me it was still good, so I’ve ruled that out. Because of the age of the car, I’m worried that the hybrid battery pack may be bad. This didn’t just happen out of the blue. Here is how things progressed over time…
-About 8 weeks ago while I was driving, a red exclamation point warning light in a triangle appeared on the dash display. Being descended from a proud line of Vermont rednecks, I chose to ignore the light and continue driving. Two days later, the light went off.
-Flash forward six weeks. When I first tried to start the car it was totally dead, as described above. However, after two or three tries, it started.
-Over the next two weeks, the not starting issue continued intermittently, becoming more and more frequent, which leads us back to today and the beginning of my post.
Any advice is welcome. The other thought I had was could this be a bad starter, but given the push button ignition I have no idea if the symptoms would be the same as an old fashioned turn key kind of car. The progression does remind me of what I’ve experienced with that in the past (progressively more difficult starting until finally the car won’t start at all).
Thanks for the advice.