10-yr old battery in 2000 Camry ~ how long can it last?

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Old 23 Dec 2009, 11:16 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 10-yr old battery in 2000 Camry ~ how long can it last?

Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
battery.
No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
advice?

Thanks, Jake

P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
in the USA.
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Old 24 Dec 2009, 02:41 am   #2 (permalink)
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"jake" <jake.pinneberg@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:a8c991a6-9018-4d31-94ca-ed9e25d01185@r33g2000prh.googlegroups.com...
> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.


I replaced the battery in my 99 Camry at just over the 10 year mark. Still
worked fine but in the cold Canadian subarctic I was not about to gamble.

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Old 24 Dec 2009, 08:57 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Dec 23, 11:16*pm, jake <jake.pinneb...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. *At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. * Will the indicator warn before it dies? * Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.


Its winter why risk anything, most shops and maybe autozone types can
load test a battery for free and tell you what its condition is, The
green indicator is not telling you everything. Id at least read up and
see whats for sale www.batteryuniversity.com will teach you alot. Once
I got a jump and went to sears on Christmas eve, I paid and pulled
infront of sears to go back in when I came out it wouldnt start and
the mechanics were leaving and didnt care, 10 yrs, you got your moneys
worth.
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Old 24 Dec 2009, 11:44 pm   #4 (permalink)
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jake wrote:
> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.



It's time to replace the battery. Batteries live a lot longer when
they don't get too hot (or cold enough to freeze!) and when they don't
get deeply discharged or overcharged. Cars that start instantly in all
weather and have good charging systems tend to preserve their batteries
for many years.
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Old 25 Dec 2009, 02:10 am   #5 (permalink)
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jake wrote:
> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.


If you are lucky it will show some symptoms before it dies. If you
are not lucky? Well, Murphy's law comes to mind.
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Old 29 Dec 2009, 06:35 pm   #6 (permalink)
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"jake" <jake.pinneberg@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:a8c991a6-9018-4d31-94ca-ed9e25d01185@r33g2000prh.googlegroups.com...
> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.


I have a 1995 4/cyl 2.2/16v CAMRY from new.
The battery lasted 9.5 years.
Fine one night.
Totally dead the next morning, it was a Panasonic.

On the same vein I just replaced the ORIGINAL silencer/muffler 3 weeks ago.
It lasted 14 years and 2 months.
I had a good laugh from the Toyota main dealers managers when I complained
about
the poor life and warranty period.

100,000 miles is due up this month.

Happy new year you guys.

Johnny UK.


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Old 30 Dec 2009, 04:11 am   #7 (permalink)
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Default Camry bucking at low revs

At low revolutions my Camry is bucking. If I press the clutch and then
slowly release it the problem goes away, but returns shortly afterwards.
Over time the revolutions at which this problem occurs seem to be increasing
from 800 to 1400 nowadays. In first gear the problem is worse (or more
noticable) than in higher gears. In neutral the problem doesn't appear to
exist (even though the revs are down to 5 or 600). I get the same phenomena
on gas and LPG.

It's a 4 cyl 5 speed manual shift Camry 2.1i, 1999, 156.000 miles, dual fuel
(gas and LPG). Other than the bucking it's in great shape. It passed
inspection (including environmental) a few weeks ago, and mileage is steady.

Any idea what could be wrong?

Bert

PS Sorry for my English, it is not my native language.



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Old 21 Jan 2010, 11:08 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Wed, 23 Dec 2009 21:16:04 -0800, jake wrote:

> Early next year, my Camry turns ten, and likewise its original
> battery.
> No one, not even my mechanic, has seen a battery older than 8.5.
> I'd like to take some credit, but the battery is maintenance-free!
> The condition indicator still looks normal. At this point I have to
> keep waiting in the interest of science, but I fear it's becoming
> risky on long trips. Will the indicator warn before it dies? Any
> advice?
>
> Thanks, Jake
>
> P.S. Toyota says the same battery is not for sale as replacement
> in the USA.



Which battery do you have? A Panasonic, or a Toyota?

If you have a Panasonic, fantastic. Mine lasted 2 years and shorted a cell
and sprayed acid all over the hood! The one in my new '87 Corolla didn't
spray acid all over the place, but went dead FAST!

Toyotas used to come with these green batteries with no name on them at
all. Not Panasonic, not Toyota, nothing. I later found out they were made
in Japan by Yuasa. You couldn't buy them either, except for motorcycle
batteries.

Toyota started selling their own brand, Toyota, naturally, and I found out
they are made by Exide, and then I found out Exide has been owned for a
number of years by...Yuasa...I have had an Exide/Yuasa/Toyota battery in
the Corolla that got sprayed by the Panasonic battery for...10 years. Cost
$80. It is now in a Mazda and starts on the first crank. Well worth the $8
a year it cost.


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