The Toyota Prius has been in the market since 2001, and it only gets better every year. The hybrid’s beefed-up performance and sleek styling are only some of its impressive features that a lot of car enthusiasts admire.
Unfortunately, upgrades can come with a couple of issues, and the Prius is no exception. Although it’s seen as a reliable daily driver, some owners are left to deal with problems, including a no-start condition.
Here are 10 possible reasons why your Prius doesn’t start.
The battery is the heart and soul of a vehicle’s electrical system, especially for hybrids like the Prius.
When the high-voltage battery fails, it’s also likely that the smaller battery pack will be replaced because it’s impossible to condemn a high-voltage battery with a bad 12-volt battery.
In some hybrid vehicles, the 12-volt battery is also capable of starting the engine.
Overcharging is the most common reason why batteries fail prematurely because it causes the active plate material to disintegrate. Excessive vibration or bumping can also produce the same results.
Dim lighting and slow engine cranking are usual indicators of a dying battery. If the battery dies while the vehicle is running, the engine might stall.
When the high-voltage battery fails, it’s also likely that the smaller battery pack will be replaced because it’s impossible to condemn a high-voltage battery with a bad 12-volt battery.–Anthony Harlin, ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician
Fuel System Issues
Defective Fuel Pump
A defective fuel pump due to leaks will not create enough pressure to pump fuel to the engine. This can result in power loss or a no-start condition.
Clogged Fuel Lines
Fuel lines are nylon, steel, or fuel-resistant tubings that carry fuel to the throttle body or fuel rail. They also return excess fuel to the tank.
A fuel line that’s exposed to extremely high temperatures can create a vapor lock. Once this happens, vapor will enter the fuel injectors, causing the engine to stall.
Similar to fuel filters, fuel lines can also get clogged and prevent the right amount of fuel from reaching the injectors.
Faulty Crankshaft Position Sensor
Basic timing signal in distributorless ignition systems is read off the crankshaft position sensor. In most modern vehicles, the crankshaft position sensor also monitors crank speed variations caused by ignition misfire.
Similar to how the camshaft position works, if the PCM detects the ignition timing is thrown off because of a faulty crankshaft position sensor, the check engine light will illuminate and the driver will notice symptoms like poor acceleration and fuel economy.
Dead Key Fob
A key fob is a form of a keyless entry system that has a transmitter that broadcasts a signal to the electronic control module (ECU). The ECU is typically located in the trunk or under the instrument panel.
Security System Issues
Late-model Priuses come with advanced security features that aim to protect the vehicle from theft.
Some Prius redesigns come with an engine immobilizer, which is an anti-theft system that prevents the vehicle from starting under certain conditions.
The key fob or key transmits an electric code to the vehicle that should match the code in the immobilizer. If they don’t match, the engine won’t start at all.
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