2000 Camry: Battery warning indicator not lit

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Old 02 Oct 2008, 11:31 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2000 Camry: Battery warning indicator not lit

My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.
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Old 02 Oct 2008, 11:39 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Oct 2, 9:31 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
> shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
> my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
> panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
> I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.



Batteries are like that... I had a battery test done at a shop (while
other work was being done)... the following week I was stuck at work
at lunch, and needed a jump-start. (Went straight to Wal-Mart to buy
a new battery.)

How old was the battery? You're fortunate if they last longer than 5
years. (It wasn't the original 2000 battery, was it? That's 8 years
old...!)

Michael
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Old 02 Oct 2008, 11:56 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Oct 2, 12:39*pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Oct 2, 9:31 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. *Took my car to the
> > shop and was told the battery was dead. *One question still lingers on
> > my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
> > panel while I'm driving? *It only lit up for a short few seconds when
> > I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.

>
> Batteries are like that... I had a battery test done at a shop (while
> other work was being done)... the following week I was stuck at work
> at lunch, and needed a jump-start. *(Went straight to Wal-Mart to buy
> a new battery.)
>
> How old was the battery? *You're fortunate if they last longer than 5
> years. *(It wasn't the original 2000 battery, was it? *That's 8 years
> old...!)
>
> Michael


It was only a little over three years. Interstate battery. It has a
label "Garanttee for 60 months". A rip-off like Wall Street.
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Old 02 Oct 2008, 12:35 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Always check the alternator belt when you suspect "battery" trouble! One of
my old cars had a slipping belt and sometimes the battery would be charged
enough to start the car but other times it wouldn't work. The indicator
never came on.

"cicada" <ryinmail@gmail.com> wrote in message
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On Oct 2, 12:39 pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
> On Oct 2, 9:31 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
> > shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
> > my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
> > panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
> > I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.

>
> Batteries are like that... I had a battery test done at a shop (while
> other work was being done)... the following week I was stuck at work
> at lunch, and needed a jump-start. (Went straight to Wal-Mart to buy
> a new battery.)
>
> How old was the battery? You're fortunate if they last longer than 5
> years. (It wasn't the original 2000 battery, was it? That's 8 years
> old...!)
>
> Michael


It was only a little over three years. Interstate battery. It has a
label "Garanttee for 60 months". A rip-off like Wall Street.


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Old 02 Oct 2008, 01:07 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Oct 2, 9:56 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Oct 2, 12:39 pm, mrdarr...@gmail.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > On Oct 2, 9:31 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:

>
> > > My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
> > > shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
> > > my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
> > > panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
> > > I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.

>
> > Batteries are like that... I had a battery test done at a shop (while
> > other work was being done)... the following week I was stuck at work
> > at lunch, and needed a jump-start. (Went straight to Wal-Mart to buy
> > a new battery.)

>
> > How old was the battery? You're fortunate if they last longer than 5
> > years. (It wasn't the original 2000 battery, was it? That's 8 years
> > old...!)

>
> > Michael

>
> It was only a little over three years. Interstate battery. It has a
> label "Garanttee for 60 months". A rip-off like Wall Street.



Try and see if you can get a pro-rated refund. Never hurts to ask.

Michael
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Old 03 Oct 2008, 12:37 am   #6 (permalink)
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You also have to check the charging system and make sure it's
charging. Autozone or other parts stores may be able to help.

What happens is that partially charged battery probably sulfated, and
you gradually lose capacity. But 3 years is kinda short.



On Oct 2, 9:56*am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:

> It was only a little over three years. *Interstate battery. *It has a
> label "Garanttee for 60 months". *A rip-off like Wall Street.


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Old 03 Oct 2008, 12:39 am   #7 (permalink)
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Interstate is made by Johnson Controls. So are the Walmart and
Autozone ones last I checked. They probably last several years, but I
swap them out 5-6 no questions asked to avoid being stranded.

Consider asking the shop to charge it up before your installation. Not
sure if some shops will do it, but it helps your alternator.


On Oct 2, 9:56*am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
> It was only a little over three years. *Interstate battery. *It has a
> label "Garanttee for 60 months". *A rip-off like Wall Street.


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Old 03 Oct 2008, 12:23 pm   #8 (permalink)
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<mrdarrett@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Oct 2, 9:31 am, cicada <ryinm...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
>> shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
>> my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
>> panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
>> I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.

>
>
> Batteries are like that... I had a battery test done at a shop (while
> other work was being done)... the following week I was stuck at work
> at lunch, and needed a jump-start. (Went straight to Wal-Mart to buy
> a new battery.)
>
> How old was the battery? You're fortunate if they last longer than 5
> years. (It wasn't the original 2000 battery, was it? That's 8 years
> old...!)
>
> Michael
>


I thought the light is for alternator malfunction. Wife's battery on her
late 2000 V6 Camry was going bad, warning light never came on.



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Old 03 Oct 2008, 04:30 pm   #9 (permalink)
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"cicada" <ryinmail@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> My 2000 Camry CE has a dead battery a while back. Took my car to the
> shop and was told the battery was dead. One question still lingers on
> my mind is why the battery warning sign never lit up on the front
> panel while I'm driving? It only lit up for a short few seconds when
> I start the car, which indicated the battery was working fine.


If you are thinking about this red icon on the dashboard with battery
picture
than it is not the warning about battery being dead. It warns you about your
alternator not producing enough current and that your cars pulls the
electric
current from the battery and soon it will be dead.

So this light is a "warning, charging system not working!".
To be more technical - if the car is running, current flows to the battery,
charging it and this light is off. When the alternator is broken, or the
belt
powering alternator snapped, there will be no charging current and the
current will flow FROM battery to power spark plugs, beams, radio...
This current direction will be indicated as a red light on your dashboard
as abnormal situation.

Battery can go bad for many different reasons, like internal short between
plates in the cell or broken lead and there is no warning about this.

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Old 03 Oct 2008, 04:30 pm   #10 (permalink)
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" Frank" <x> wrote in message
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> I thought the light is for alternator malfunction.


You are correct.

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