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2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

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Old 11-17-2013, 10:49 AM
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2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

1 HR ago-9:45a-son comes in says something to wife "car running ok"
Gist-2006 Prius DEAD-
No lights-no anything-dead- NADA-nothing
I can't get the hatch open-but the car has a HEAVY rotten egg odor-strongest in the back-under the beauty cover
My question

1)How do you get the hatch open?
2)Battery is 7.5 years old-83,000 miles-NOLA is hot- best bet-is this a dead 12 volt battery?
3) Just how do a I remove replace the battery- there was a small rectangular "box" inboard of what I take to be the battery-it has a white electical clip-how does it pull out? I don't really see anything to press to release it.
4)Why the rotten eggs? Should be a vent-tube looks ok-was it trying so hard to charge this dead battery-it "did something" to vent-cracked battery-looks OK at a glance

Any chance SAMS WALMART have this battery- is the yellow top optima any better than any other battery-

Some video showing battery replacement?
Not the way I planned to spend sunday
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Old 11-17-2013, 03:02 PM
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

Hatch:
http://priuschat.com/threads/opening...battery.56482/

Smell from inrernal venting? Remove and replace as sooncas possible, Yellow top is consideeed good. Can get dedicated Prius or I believe there's some kind of adapter/mod availsble.for the standard one.
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Hmmm. Wonder if this is the soon to be issue in my friends 05 prius. It doesnt smell like rotten eggs. More like farm manure, and worse when sitting in the back seat.

It was so bad one day we stopped and pulled out all the floor mat, checked our shoes for poop too
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Hmmm. Wonder if this is the soon to be issue in my friends 05 prius. It doesnt smell like rotten eggs. More like farm manure, and worse when sitting in the back seat.

It was so bad one day we stopped and pulled out all the floor mat, checked our shoes for poop too
The problem is exacerbated if thebattery isn't ventig properly. There should be a tube connected to the battery that vents any fumes to the outside.
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

My third gen has a jump location in the fuse box under the hood for this type of problem.

It's safe to hook the positive cable to tab but do not start the car up using this quick charge tab. If you put any serious power through this fuse box tab you may blow a main power fuse and then you're dead in the water and will need to be towed to a dealer for a fix.

You can hook up 12V power either through jumper cables or a jump pack and it will provide power to open the hatch release.

Toyota really needs to put a manual hatch release in an easy to access area in the passenger compartment to solve this problem.

For anyone reading this never ever use this tab to jump another vehicle or your Prius due to the possibility of damaging the electrical system of your car.
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

Odd
I posted a response to you folks couple of hrs ago-guess I goofed

In any case-the vent tube was hooked up-guessing it isn't plugged down stream-maybe I'll blow in it??

Turns out"someone" left the lights "half off" -suspect they were on for 14 hrs.
The battery was STILL hot when I pulled it
I am attempting to charge it-big maybe- in the hopes of my son using it until the Optima replacement-$163 amazon-arrives Friday or so. Yeah maybe it will take a charge

Opening the hatch-62 yo crawling in-pushing the latch from backside-lotta fun.

Yeah we'll see-after that odor-got my doubts it will take a charge-7.5 yo-hmmm
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

The battery is a pain in the rear to source locally. Essentially, you're left with only the Toyota shop to find one. A yellow top can be had (I bought one last year) but it's an online only deal through just one company (they send an adapter so it fits the Prius).
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... it's an online only deal through just one company (they send an adapter so it fits the Prius).
What's that battery normally used in, without the adapter? Motorcycles, snowmobiles, or some such thing? (Just guessing ... )
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

Optima = thoroughly excellent battery. Have had one (red top) in my Mustang for 13 years with no signs of slowing down. Have discharged it twice in that time by accident and it has risen from the ashes. And I'm fairly crappy at battery maintenance to boot.

Unless Wal-Mart has an Optima available (I would think they do), don't even think about going there for a battery. The private-label Ever Start (we call them Never Start) batteries themselves aren't really any worse than your standard lead acid batteries - probably a Johnson Controls one like so many batteries - but I have only very rarely heard of someone able to get a battery they bought there replaced under warrantee.
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Re: 2006-7.5 yo batt-rotten eggs-DEAD-NADA-DEAD

The Optima-will need an adaptor?
It has the same #more or less as the oem-maybe 1st two letters are different-don't have it in sight
I though it was drop in?
DS46B24R

Oh put it in -old battery-after 5 hrs charging-it seemed to take 2-3 amps for 3 hrs-then it dropped to close to zero amps.
Put it in-hit power-whole dash-with warning lights-lit up-but it wouldn't actually start-and in a vety few seconds-everything went off-
I could get the faintest light from a cabin light-that was it.

Is there anything tricky to replacing the battery-and BS codes or crap I have to get a dealer to do??
Can I just replace battery-drive off-no BS-(If it arrives with an adaptor-no big deal)-
but is there any inherent Toyota dealer trickery I'll have to do-codes I won't be able to enter without some dealer gadget?
Thanks
Charlie-
PS-Just checked it-ROTTEN EGGS AGAIN-gotta get battery out-yeah battery warm-assume some sort of internal short-even if we had some tiny bulb "on" the battery wouldn't get hot-it is hot again.
PPS- but the battery cooled off yesterday when it was out-so maybe something is "on" how much does that car draw at "rest"-maybe a bulb is clicked on-or worse-unlikely-there is some nasty short in the car-suspect not but.
The stupid push switches-you can't tell if they are in on position just by looking.Hate things like that-Geez I am old and grouchy

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