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Old 08-19-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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Can you use a Prius to jumpstart a car without doing any damage? I don't own one but my neighbor borrowed jumper cables and left to jumpstart his wife's car with his new Prius. I told him that I would carefully read the manual before hooking anything up......
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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You didn't grab a beer and go watch?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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You didn't grab a beer and go watch?
I thought about it.....but was already a few beers into the Red Sox game! He luckily decided not to do it and had a guy in a pickup help him out. The owner's manual for the Prius tells you how to receive a jump start but not how to give one.
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:19 AM
 
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I thought about it.....but was already a few beers into the Red Sox game! He luckily decided not to do it and had a guy in a pickup help him out. The owner's manual for the Prius tells you how to receive a jump start but not how to give one.
The Prius should not be used to jump start a car other than another Prius. The reason for this is because the 12v battery in a Prius is designed for a smaller load than a standard car battery since it never has to crank the engine. However, if you were to attempt to do this, the process is the same.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:21 PM
 
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I've had to jump a bunch prius' and unless you know where the positive tab on the right and the negative pole on the left of the engine is, good luck in ever figuring it out. lol

I have only once tried to jump another car with a prius and the car with the dead battery just laughed at me.
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Old 08-23-2012, 12:45 PM
 
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The Prius should not be used to jump start a car other than another Prius. The reason for this is because the 12v battery in a Prius is designed for a smaller load than a standard car battery since it never has to crank the engine. However, if you were to attempt to do this, the process is the same.
This. The regular Prius car battery is small and not really capable of jumping another car. They do work on other Prius', but you are better off using a regular car to jump a regular car. You can use pretty much anything to jumpstart a Prius though, lol.

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Old 08-24-2012, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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FWIW, I am getting more and more fond of those hand-held battery packs to do a jump start. A lot of newer cars can have electrical problems from giving jump starts, beyond that, the hand-held battery pack is easy to use even if the car with the dead battery is parked nose-in against a wall, or for some other reason it would be difficult to manuver a 2nd car into position where you could hook up jumper cables.
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Old 08-24-2012, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I own a manual transmission truck with a sloped driveway. It has actually helped me get to work when my battery decided to bite the dust.
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