Toyota Prius Owners Manual

Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system)
OPERATION OF INSTRUMENTS ANDCONTROLS / Lights, Wipers and Defogger / Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system)

HEADLIGHTS

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the following lights: Twistthe headlight/turn signal lever knob.

To turn on the following lights: Twistthe headlight/turn signal lever knob.

Position 1Parking, tail, license plate,side marker and instrument panel lights

Position 2Headlights and all of theabove

Automatic light cut off system

The lights automatically turn off when thedrivers door is opened with the hybridsystem off. To turn them on again, pressthe POWER switch twice from the offsetting to select the IG−ON mode withoutdepressing the brake pedal or actuatethe headlight switch. If you are going topark for over one week, make sure theheadlight switch is off.

When the headlight switch is turned to thefirst or second clickstop, the brightness ofthe instrument cluster will be reducedslightly unless the instrument panel lightcontrol dial is turned fully on.

NOTICE

To prevent the battery from being discharged,do not leave the lights onlonger than necessary when the hybridsystem is not running.

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). High−Low beamsFor high beams, turnthe headlights on and push the lever awayfrom you (position 1). Pull the lever towardyou (position 2) for low beams.

High−Low beamsFor high beams, turnthe headlights on and push the lever awayfrom you (position 1). Pull the lever towardyou (position 2) for low beams.

The headlight high beam indicator light(blue light) on the instrument panel willtell you that the high beams are on.

Flashing the high beam headlights(position 3)Pull the lever all the wayback. The high beam headlights turn offwhen you release the lever.

The high beam flasher works even whenthe headlight switch is off.

TURN SIGNALS

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To signal a turn, push the headlight/turn signal lever up or down to position1.

To signal a turn, push the headlight/turn signal lever up or down to position1.

The hybrid system must be in the IG−ON mode.

The lever automatically returns after youmake a turn, but you may have to returnit by hand after you change lanes.

To signal a lane change, move the leverup or down to the pressure point (position2) and hold it.

If the turn signal indicator lights (greenlights) on the instrument panel flash fasterthan normal, a front or rear turn signalbulb is burned out. See Replacing lightbulbs on page 422.

Emergency flashers

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the emergency flashers,push the switch.

To turn on the emergency flashers,push the switch.

All the turn signal lights will flash. To turnthem off, push the switch once again.

Turn on the emergency flashers to warnother drivers if your vehicle must bestopped where it might be a traffic hazard.

Always pull as far off the road as possible.The turn signal light switch will not workwhen the emergency flashers are operating.

NOTICE

To prevent the battery from being discharged,do not leave the lights onlonger than necessary when the hybridsystem is not running.

Instrument panel light control

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To adjust the brightness of the instrumentpanel lights, turn the dial.

To adjust the brightness of the instrumentpanel lights, turn the dial.

When the headlight switch is turned to thefirst or second clickstop, the brightness ofthe instrument cluster will be reducedslightly unless the instrument panel lightcontrol dial is turned fully on.

Front fog lights

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the fog lights, twist theband of the headlight switch lever tothe position of the fog light. The foglights come on only when the headlightsare on low beam.

To turn on the fog lights, twist theband of the headlight switch lever tothe position of the fog light. The foglights come on only when the headlightsare on low beam.

The band automatically returns to theOFF position after you release it.

Interior lights

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). Front

Front

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). Rear

Rear

To turn on the interior light, slide theswitch.

The interior light switch has the followingpositions:

ONKeeps the light on all the time.

OFFTurns the light off.

DOORTurns the light on when anydoor is opened. The light remains on for15 seconds when all the doors are closed.

ILLUMINATED ENTRY SYSTEM

With the switch in the DOOR position,the light comes on when any of the doorsis opened or when you get close to thefront door, carrying the smart key. After allthe doors are closed, the light remains onfor about 15 seconds and then fades out.

However, in the following cases, the lightgoes off immediately.

  • All the doors are closed when the hybridsystem is in ACC or IG−ON.
  • All the doors are closed and locked.

When all the doors are unlocked, the lightcomes on for about 15 seconds and thenfades out, even if the door is not opened.

Personal lights

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the personal light, push theswitch. To turn it off, push the switchagain.

To turn on the personal light, push theswitch. To turn it off, push the switchagain.

Luggage compartment light

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the luggage compartmentlight, push the switch upwards. To turnit off, push the switch downwards.

To turn on the luggage compartmentlight, push the switch upwards. To turnit off, push the switch downwards.

The light is located on the left side of theluggage compartment.

Even if you push the switch upwards, thelight turns off automatically when youclose the back door.

Key slot lights

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). For easy access to the key slot, the keyslot lights come on while the interiorlight is on.

For easy access to the key slot, the keyslot lights come on while the interiorlight is on.

Windshield wipers and washer

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the windshield wipers, movethe lever to the desired setting.

To turn on the windshield wipers, movethe lever to the desired setting.

The hybrid system must be in the IG−ON mode.

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). For a single sweep of the windshield,push the lever up and release it.

For a single sweep of the windshield,push the lever up and release it.

Twist the interval adjuster upward toincrease the wiping time interval betweensweeps, and downward to decreaseit.

The wiper lever must be in the INT position.To squirt washer fluid, pull the levertoward you and release it.

If the windshield wipers are off, they willoperate a couple of times after the washersquirts.

For instructions on adding washer fluid,see Adding washer fluid on page 422.

In freezing weather, warm the windshieldwith the defroster before using the washer.This will help prevent the washer fluidfrom freezing on your windshield, whichcan block your vision.

Rear window wiper and washer

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To turn on the rear window wiper, twistthe lever knob upward.

To turn on the rear window wiper, twistthe lever knob upward.

The hybrid system must be in the IG−ON mode.

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). To squirt washer fluid on the rear window,twist the knob upward or downward as faras it will go (position 3 or 4). The knobautomatically returns from these positionsafter you release it. The rear window wiperoperates while the washer squirts.

To squirt washer fluid on the rear window,twist the knob upward or downward as faras it will go (position 3 or 4). The knobautomatically returns from these positionsafter you release it. The rear window wiperoperates while the washer squirts.

For instructions on adding washer fluid,see Adding washer fluid on page 422.

NOTICE

Do not operate the rear wiper if therear window is dry. It may scratch theglass.

Rear window and outside rear view mirror defoggers

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). Type 1

Type 1

Toyota Prius: Headlights and turn signals (without automatic light control system). Type 2

Type 2

To defog or defrost the rear window,push the CLIMATE button to displayair conditioner screen and touch theswitch.

Operating the steering switch can also defogor defrost the rear window. (See Climateremote control on page 299.)

The hybrid system must be in the IG−ON mode.

The thin heater wires on the inside of therear window will quickly clear the surface.An indicator will come on to indicate thedefogger is operating.

Touch the switch once again to turn thedefogger off.

The system will automatically shut off afterthe defogger has operated about 15minutes.

CAUTION

Since the mirror surface can get hot,do not touch them when the switchis on.

Make sure you turn the defogger off whenthe window is clear. Leaving the defoggeron for a long time could cause the 12 voltbattery to discharge. The defogger is notdesigned for drying rain water or for meltingsnow.

If the outside rear view mirrors are heavilycoated with ice, use a spray de−icerbefore operating the switch.

NOTICE

When cleaning the inside of the rearwindow, be careful not to scratch ordamage the heater wires or connectors.


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