I recently purchased an 01 Prius with packrat damage for a song from a gentleman, and his mechanic, who may not be qualified to work with a car newer than a 82 Buick.
Here is what happened:
Tom the former owner of the car went out on a Monday morning to discover that his car wouldn't start, at which point he consulted his shadetree mechanic to give a hand. it was discovered that packrats made a nest in the engine compartment, that was cleaned and an unknown repair was performed and the car was once again alive and well. Tom, after driving away from Dr. shadetree's house got about 20 miles along and got a "warning light" not sure which one and why.. at which point he went back to Dr. Shadetree with the car. Dr. shadetree then proceeded to use his best troubleshooting skills by ripping out every single fuse and relay in the car as we all know the best way to troubleshoot a system is to completely disintegrate it. (The car WAS DRIVING). Dr. Shadetree then went on (it looks like) to start removing or trying to remove all underhood wiring, as the bolts that hold the main junction box are gone and various bundle conduits are unbolted. he then determined that a new fangled car such as this needs to have the ENTIRE WIRING HARNESS replaced and the engine and transmission need to be removed. luckily he didn't get any further than just loosening up some of the conduits, fuse boxes, and removing EVERY SINGLE relay and fuse! He convinced Tom that he'd better just get rid of the car, which is now why I have it!.
As far as I can tell with a detailed inspection of wiring, I don't see any damage to wiring, there were definitely rats, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they ate wires. and again... the car WAS DRIVEABLE! It is very frustrating that the troubleshooting was so illogical and even worse that all the fuses and relays were just tossed in a peanut jar.. no pictures, no regard to where everything went.
So what I am looking for is for a person with a 1st gen Prius to give me some shots of their "known good" configuration for the 3 fuse/relay boxes under the hood as well as the dash side panel fuse box, it looks like the little relays in that side panel were removed, I don't know if I have them all and/or whether they are in the right place and/or whether every position is used.
Below are some samples of my current picture, I'd like to see similar shots of a known good configuration.
Part of what troubles me about this is that the regular car battery for this vehicle is a Toyota Battery, It's likely due for replacement, I wonder how much if any of this has to do with the fact that the normal battery was or could be on the fritz.
Also any shot of the "Regular" battery connectors would be good, I have an empty space at the power junction for the positive terminal, looks like a place where a tall fuse may have gone.
Sorry this isn't a Hi-how-are-you first post, Really looking to get some specific help from guys to restore a known good configuration from which to begin actual troubleshooting!