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VSC Warning and Check Hybrid System Warning Lights

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Old 02-11-2019, 02:41 PM
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2007 Camry Hybrid, purchased June, 2006, 204,XXX miles. Yesterday, 2/10/2019, I hopped in the car and proceeded to go to two stores. I noticed that I had very little acceleration from a stop, otherwise it was fine. I made my first stop, got the cat food, got back in the car and off I went. I took the scenic route to the second store in order to avoid Main Street and after a couple of minutes, all the warning lights came on. I completed my second stop and went home. I plugged in the OBD thing and it showed P0A80, of course. I drove the car to the gym this morning and now only the Check Hybrid System warning light is on. The vehicle will not drop into electric mode and it is still sluggish from a stop. I drove it to work (25 miles) just to feel it out and it made it fine despite the lack of electric mode and sluggish start. I even got 41mpg on the trip, which is pretty average. Anyhow, what is everyone's experience with P0A80? A few things to note:

1. Although I LOVE this car I will not replace the battery pack
2. The most I will do to this car is replace the 12V battery
3. The battery pack is original
4. The engine rings have been replaced twice under warranty. The last time was at 181,XXX miles.
5. Oil change and other basic maintenance every 5K miles
6. It has been f'ing cold lately and the last few mornings we have even had ice on the cars (could the weather have pushed the batteries over the edge?)


Thanks!!
 
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:39 PM
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P0A80 = failed hybrid battery. It has likely deteriorated substantially over time/mileage. The symptoms you describe confirm it and are likely made worse by the cold. I'm not saying the cold caused the battery to fail, I'm saying the battery has failed, and the cold is making the failed battery/low power symptoms worse. They may improve when it warms up, and you may be able to run this way for awhile. You will NOT be able to pass emissions with the vehicle in this condition.
 
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:28 AM
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​​​​​thank you! Itís not due for a smog test for 18 months. The vehicle was just salvaged due to being rear-ended. Combine the salvage title with the miles and there is NO value to the vehicle. The Camry has become a spare car as I purchased a new car in April. I will just continue to drive it until it canít go any further or it becomes illegal to do so due to the inability to register it. Itís a great car, nonetheless.
 
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Old 02-12-2019, 10:19 AM
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Extended periods of sitting will hasten its demise. Hybrid batteries, especially older, higher mileage ones, tend to bleed off charge much faster and less evenly than younger cells. Failure to drive it 5-7 days/week for 10+ miles/20 minutes will decrease any remaining life.
 
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