2005 Toyota Prius Garage Find
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UPDATE: Toyota Prius Garage Find

If you want to know what is going on with the Toyota Prius that has been sitting for 3 years, here is the update.
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If you have been following me on Twitter, you will know that I have recovered a 2005 Toyota Prius sitting in a garage for the past three years.

I want to give you all a quick update on where I am at in the process of getting it going again. It is now at my shop and still needs to have a few more things checked and repaired before starting it for the first time.

Update: Long Term Stored Prius Brought Back To Life
When any car sits for a long period of time, you have to check everything. Now that the Prius is at my repair shop, I can go through it and get it ready to start again.

The fuel is terrible, to that, there is no doubt. I am doing a YouTube video on this whole process and will release it once the car is "ready" to get going again.

While the fuel system is getting taken care of, I will be treating the cylinders to a hefty dose of seafoam. The petroleum distillate will help free up any stuck piston rings and soften carbon.

Once there is good fuel in it and the seafoam has had time to work, I will be able to start it up.

Where Are We Now?
At this point, I have already put a new HV and 12v battery in the car. We needed to have a known good power source to ensure this car would start.

When it was parked three years ago, it ran, but the HV battery was completely dead. When I found it, we needed a 12v battery immediately to get it into neutral.

Now at my shop, I will continue the prepping procedure and get it ready for the road. More to come. Thank you all for checking in with me. Remember Today's Adventure is Tomorrow's Story.

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Peter Neilson is an automotive consultant specializing in electric cars and hybrid battery technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Automotive Service Technology from Weber State University. Peter can be reached on Linkedin and you can tweet him at The_hybrid_guy on Twitter. Find his page on Facebook at Certified Auto Consulting. Read more of Peter's stories at Toyota news coverage on Torque News. Search Toyota Prius Torque News for more in depth Prius coverage from our reporter.


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Comments

Why did the Toyota team all jump out of the office window when I strolled in carrying my Prius battery and politely asked which way is the battery test facility?