Done at last

With all the interesting things done, this is just the first couple steps in reverse.

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Collect cleaned contacts and nuts

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Make sure the battery pack is securely fastened together

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Pop the plastic covers back on the bus bar and the vent tubes on the top

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And we’re all done! Battery pack fixed, balanced, reassembled and ready to go! Putting the battery back in the Prius is exactly the opposite of taking it out. Screw in a bunch of stuff, try not to break anything or strip anything. I didn’t put it back together though, on the off chance I would have to take it out again…

One last note

I put the battery pack in, crossed my fingers, and turned the Prius on. Everything went terribly. The dash lit up like a Christmas tree. My heart sank; this had been an almost month long experiment of stress and an intimidating amount of learning. In an effort to not curl up in a ball and lay there for a while, I turned the Prius off and tried the only thing that was left: wiggle the safety plug. I had read that it was a bit tricky to set it in properly. I had taken extra care to make sure it sat properly. I had screwed it up though! Holy jumpin’, I tried not to get too excited with another shot. I took the plug out, pushed it back in, then repeated a couple times. Finally it sat in really securely – once clipped in it didn’t wiggle at all.

Crossed my fingers and my toes this time, pressed the power button and… success! No lights anywhere! Glorious lack of abject failure. I took the car for a quick drive, everything went as well as could be expected, and I parked it for the night. So if you’re in the same situation – double and triple check that the safety plug is seated correctly before having a stress breakdown. And then probably take it out and try all over again, because it’s not exceedingly easy to sit it in perfectly. Good luck!

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