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#88 of 127 Partial failure of display on hot days
Jul 21, 2008 (6:53 pm)
My Prius (2004 with 40000 miles) display has partially failed. A skeleton display appears on hot days with no data (MPG, miles driven, etc.). When the car is cool the display returns with all the correct data. Also the radio drops stations that have been set up. These too return. The car runs normally with the air conditioning and radio working (more or less). None of this happened before over the past four years with the same hot back country exposure. Te sevice manager at Mossy Toyota in San Diego says they cant work on it if its not working. It always seems to be working when I drive into the service bay.
#89 of 127 yellow dash symbol for brakes came on in my 2006 Prius
Jul 27, 2008 (6:11 pm)
is this serious? I checked brake fluid and it looks good. manual says to take to Toyota dealer, nothing about not driving the car but it worries me. any idea of whether or not this should be looked at immediately or if I have a couple of days to get it fixed? thx, m
#90 of 127 BRAKE, ABS & VSC lights on dash - Dealer can't figure out!!!
Aug 07, 2008 (1:34 pm)
I took my (2005 & 35K miles Prius) car in yesterday at 2pm (Phx time). It is now over 24 hours and the Dealer still hasn't figured out the problem. This is a relatively new dealership and I'm guessing their Prius technicians/mechanics aren't very much up to speed. My service person told me that they replaced the low voltage battery and still the dash warning lights are on (all 3- BRAKE, ABS and Vehicle Stability Control). He said they have a call into Toyota. This makes me nervous. Anyone else experience these problems? Should I take to another dealer to service?
#91 of 127 Re: BRAKE, ABS & VSC lights on dash - Dealer can't figure out!!! [snee16]
Aug 08, 2008 (10:42 am)
They finally figured it out. They replaced the Skid Control Computer Assembly. I was not having any problems stopping or anything so it is a mystery to me what caused the failure of the assembly. Fortunately, the vehicle was still under warranty so this didn't cost me anything.
#92 of 127 Re: Partial failure of display on hot days [jhoodjr]
Aug 23, 2008 (9:46 am)
I also have a 2004 prius (97,500 miles) and I have the same problem, except temperatures aren't a factor, it just happens randomly. Since I purchased the extended warranty good until 100K miles, I am trying to get as much use out of that as possible--so I took my car into the shop immediately for the display screen problem. They said the screen was faulty and have ordered me a new one--all at no cost to me. [They also found a leaky water pump still under warranty and replaced that at no cost to me.] I asked if the problem with the screen was common, and he said he's seen two others, one a Highlander and one a Prius. So take your car in right away and tell them the screen is defective; hopefully they'll replace it for free regardless of the warranty status.
#93 of 127 Re: Partial failure of display on hot days [its_just_me]
Sep 11, 2008 (2:42 pm)
Unfortunately my warranty is out but my problem is solved. It turns out the "radio" is the key to the display problem. A new radio was installed ($600) and all was well. Apparently the "radio" unit controls an awful lot of the car's functions.
#94 of 127 Re: 08 Prius Steering wheel lights / controls [scottc3]
Dec 24, 2008 (2:11 pm)
I realize this is about a year old, but I have to agree, they are too dim...I suppose I should have learnd the steering wheel by now, but at night, I can sometimes not see what a button is.
I do wonder if anyone has experienced the following:
After pressing the power button, the car starts...the screen turns on, I can drive the car, however, there is no information on the dash, none of the "dummy" lights work, with the exception of the passenger air bag lights. the screen does not turn to the camera when I put the car in reverse. Anyone else had this happen? This has happened to me twice...the first time, the car would not even shut off...finally, I decided to try the computer technique and held the Start button for several seconds and, oddly enough, it did turn off and then when I turned it back on, everything was OK. Just recently, I drove 13 hours then the car sat in cold wather for a couple of days. Same thing, only this time, it WOULD shut off. I was driving to a dealer to have them look at it and it all turned on. I had even let the car run for a while to warm up in the cold weather.
I asked the service tech about it when I took it in for service and they didn't know...just said to bring it in the next time it happened....well, I was 13 hours away this last time. I'm just worried it is an electrical problem....no matter how cold, that should work.
#95 of 127 Re: 08 Prius Steering wheel lights / controls [krismuhl]
Jan 15, 2009 (8:55 am)
This happened to me today on my '06 Prius. Instrument panel lights didn't come on and I couldn't power off unless I held and pressed the button for about 20 seconds. When I came back from my meeting, it seemed to be fine. This morning it was -6 degrees here and by the time I got out of the meeting it had warmed up to a balmy 10 degrees! This is the first winter I've spent outside of California. Never had a problem before, so I'm assuming it's related to the COLD!
#96 of 127 Re: 08 Prius Steering wheel lights / controls [cslaught23]
Jan 16, 2009 (10:06 am)
This happens to our 08 intermittently also. We bought ours in April 08
and I would estimate it happens about 10 times or so.
I have the same problem with the instrument panels being off when the car
is started. The car runs fine. I just don't know how fast I am going.
Occasionally, I would not be able to power it off. The instrument panels will always
come back on after 15-25 minutes of driving. I would then have no problem
turning off the engine.
I went in to the dealer a couple of times already but both times they
couldn't trace the problem with the instrument panel working. I was
finally able to show the service manager with the instrument panel not
working and the car couldn't be turned off yesterday. I was then told to leave the
car and was told that it could take them 2-5 days to try to re-create
and debug the problem. I live in Ottawa, Canada and am currently
enduring a 5 weeks old bus strike. Since I only have 1 car, I told them
I couldn't leave them the car for up to a week unless I get a loaner.
No loaner was offered.
I then called Toyota Canada and explained the problem to them.
I got a call today from the dealer to go it to have them read the codes from
the micro-processors. It took them 10 minutes and the codes were
clean. The service manager told me to bring the car in next time
the instrument panel is off and they would read the codes to see
I will update if they find anything.
In my case, I don't think it's related to the cold weather. We had
-30C both yesterday morning and this morning and the instrument
panel was working fine.
#97 of 127 Re: 08 Prius Steering wheel lights / controls [tkddad99]
Feb 19, 2009 (3:48 pm)
The dealer were finally able to read the code with the dashboard off.
They then kept the car for 3 days running tests and ended up
replacing the combination meter.
We have had the new combination meter for about 1 month and haven't
had any problem since.