Toyota Prius Owners Manual
(b) Turning on the hybridsystem (Using the smartfunction—on some models)
Before starting the hybrid system, be sureto follow the instructions in “(a) Beforestarting the hybrid system”.
Normal starting procedure
Carry the key and press the “POWER”switch briefly and firmly with the brakepedal depressed. The “READY” light startsblinking. After a few seconds, the blinking“READY” light remains on and two beepssound. (If the ambient temperature is low,such as during winter driving conditions,it may take time until the “READY” lightis on.)
The engine may not start even with the“READY” light on.
You may hear a motor sound in the enginecompartment when the brake pedal isdepressed with the hybrid system off.
When the hybrid system is started orstopped, you may hear a sound comingfrom the hybrid battery in the luggagecompartment. However, this does not indicateany trouble.
If there is a problem somewhere in thehybrid system, the hybrid system malfunctionwarning light will come on in place ofthe “READY” light. If this happens, contactyour Toyota dealer.
Never start the hybrid system fromoutside the vehicle, or an accidentmay occur. Be sure to sit on the driverseat, then start the system whendriving.
The hybrid system cannot bestarted when the shift position is“N”. Be sure to put it in “P” andthen start the system.
If any warning light comes on (Seepage 125 for details.) or the 12 voltbattery is disconnected, the hybridsystem may not start by pushingthe “POWER” switch. In that case,push it once again. If the “READY”light does not come on, contactyour Toyota dealer.
When you start the hybrid systemat a lowered outside temperature, itmay take longer before the blinking“READY” light changes to stay on.