How do I start a hybrid car when the battery is low?

When I’ve been driving my Avalon Hybrid recently, I noticed that the battery has been low. This morning it had a bit of charge, but I couldn’t get the car to turn over. How can I start the car when the battery is low?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
That’s the worst—especially if you’re in a rush! If you want to start your
Avalon Hybrid
when the battery is low, you have two options:
  • Let it idle and run for 20 minutes. Once you charge the battery, drive around for about 15 minutes to restore the battery to an acceptable charge.
  • Try using a battery charger by attaching the red cable to the battery fuse in the fuse box and then the black cable to the ground, which is just a piece of metal under the hood.
If charging the battery for about 15 minutes doesn’t work, you will probably have to replace the battery. In this case, you can expect a cost of about $2,000 to $5,000, depending on where you get the battery and if it’s new or used.
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