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My wife's 2012 Sonata Hybrid displayed a "Hybrid Battery Low, Please Put in Park" warning sign this morning.

This has never happened, but as of the last 3 months we rarely drive the car. She drives it maybe a total of 4 miles a week. (a bonus living within walking distance of her work). Could this be due to lack of driving? I'm thinking that she simply doesn't drive it enough to charge the battery.

Any experience thoughts with this type of issue?
 

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My wife's 2012 Sonata Hybrid displayed a "Hybrid Battery Low, Please Put in Park" warning sign this morning.

This has never happened, but as of the last 3 months we rarely drive the car. She drives it maybe a total of 4 miles a week. (a bonus living within walking distance of her work). Could this be due to lack of driving? I'm thinking that she simply doesn't drive it enough to charge the battery.

Any experience thoughts with this type of issue?
Hmm that's the first time I've heard of this! It could very well be the fact that it isn't driven enough. During low speed / local driving scenarios the car is designed to drain the Hybrid battery to as low as it can get to.

Recommend driving with Sports mode on and manually maintaining battery at around 50% at least one time each week.
 

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Hmm that's the first time I've heard of this! It could very well be the fact that it isn't driven enough. During low speed / local driving scenarios the car is designed to drain the Hybrid battery to as low as it can get to.

Recommend driving with Sports mode on and manually maintaining battery at around 50% at least one time each week.
The 2012 doesn't have a Sport mode. I suspect it is likely the car not being driven enough though it likely wouldn't hurt to take it to the dealer and having the battery checked out (assuming they will do it under the 10 yr hybrid warranty).
 

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My wife's 2012 Sonata Hybrid displayed a "Hybrid Battery Low, Please Put in Park" warning sign this morning.

This has never happened, but as of the last 3 months we rarely drive the car. She drives it maybe a total of 4 miles a week. (a bonus living within walking distance of her work). Could this be due to lack of driving? I'm thinking that she simply doesn't drive it enough to charge the battery.

Any experience thoughts with this type of issue?
I've just got this same problem. Did you ever find out what the problem was?
 

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If the battery gets below 15%, at least on the 2016, then you are done. You need to have the car towed to the dealer to have the battery manually charged and then the computer reset. Never let it get that low.

On the 2016, supposedly you can put it in Park and floor the accelerator. That's supposed to put the battery in a higher state of charge without overspeeding the gas engine. I've never tried it, though.
 

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My wife's 2012 Sonata Hybrid displayed a "Hybrid Battery Low, Please Put in Park" warning sign this morning.

This has never happened, but as of the last 3 months we rarely drive the car. She drives it maybe a total of 4 miles a week. (a bonus living within
If the battery gets below 15%, at least on the 2016, then you are done. You need to have the car towed to the dealer to have the battery manually charged and then the computer reset. Never let it get that low.

On the 2016, supposedly you can put it in Park and floor the accelerator. That's supposed to put the battery in a higher state of charge without overspeeding the gas engine. I've never tried it, though.
Ya I have a 2012 and the battery charged up to 25% on it's own but unfortunately I have bigger problems. I changed the spark plugs today and when I took out #4 the threads were covered in oil and I could see oil at the bottom. The car is running rough. Its going to the mechanic on Wednesday, hopefully its repairable.
 
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