I have a 2005 Toyota Prius and my car wouldn't start after I left the lights on.

Asked by Jan 03, 2013 at 06:46 PM about the 2005 Toyota Prius Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Isn't there a system that is supposed to turn everything off automatically when you turn the
car off? And if so, what is wrong with the car? A relay system?? It used to work that way,
but it doesn't anymore. WHy??

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Many cars have automatic headlight control. Yours might be broken or your switch may have been turned on.

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It must be the lights in the car that were left on; not the headlights. The Prius does allow the cabin lights to be on even after the car is locked. A jump-start cable is always handy for that rare situation.

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It's also possible that the 12V battery - used for starting, needs replacing. They have a life of 5-6 years depending on age, miles. We have two Prius, a 2005 & a 2006. The interior lights were left on in the 2005 - twice and I used a light weight battery charger after the first episode, but after the 2nd, it stayed 'dead'. You can DIY. The battery is available at auto parts stores & there's a YouTube video that shows you how. (Don't know the URL - sorry). The battery is located at the right rear very near the right tail light assembly. BTW that battery is about 1/2 the size of a normal car battery (but costs relatively more) and totally unrelated to the hybrid battery.

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