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Old 26 Apr 2004, 07:29 am   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings I have a '92 Camry 4 cyl automatic w/ about 130 k miles.
Recently when I try to start it I loose electricity. When turning the
key the lights on the dashboard come on as usual but when turning the
key all the way to start the car everything goes dead. It will start
after trying again. This occurred a few times. Interestingly, while
driving at about 50 mph the electricity was lost and the engine died
immediately when turning the headlights on. Thought that may be a
clue to someone. I was able to pull over costing in drive. After
stopping, the car started and the lights came on. This all happened
on the same day and I haven't taken it out since. Any ideas or anyone
with such an experience? Really appreciate any advice. Thanks!
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Old 26 Apr 2004, 07:37 am   #2 (permalink)
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Check your battery and alternator, its a free service at service
stations that sell batteries. It sounds like a battery they can go bad
in as little as a year and rarely last more than 6

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Old 26 Apr 2004, 09:38 am   #3 (permalink)
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Also, check your battery cables for corrosion at the battery post AND the
other ends of the cable. Especially the negative cable.

Doug


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Old 27 Apr 2004, 02:11 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"TD" <sendtotf@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> Greetings - I have a '92 Camry 4 cyl automatic w/ about 130 k miles.
> Recently when I try to start it I loose electricity. When turning the
> key the lights on the dashboard come on as usual but when turning the
> key all the way to start the car everything goes dead. It will start
> after trying again. This occurred a few times. Interestingly, while
> driving at about 50 mph the electricity was lost and the engine died
> immediately when turning the headlights on. Thought that may be a
> clue to someone. I was able to pull over costing in drive. After
> stopping, the car started and the lights came on. This all happened
> on the same day and I haven't taken it out since. Any ideas or anyone
> with such an experience? Really appreciate any advice. Thanks!



Agree that this sounds like a poor electrical connection usually at the
battery posts (clamp loose or corroded).

It maybe your battery is on its way out as well, but the sudden loss of
electrical-power when the headlights were turned on can be a indication the
car was running on its alternator only due to loose connections making poor
electrical contact.

Replace the battery if its more than 3 years old,..if not, remove the cables
from the battery and clean them plus the battery posts. Its not a bad idea
to wear gloves to protect against acid. Check the cable connections at their
other-end (starter and body) are tight and clean.

Jason


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Old 03 May 2004, 11:59 am   #5 (permalink)
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sendtotf@yahoo.com (TD) wrote in message news:<7e08b208.0404260429.1f9c9938@posting.google. com>...
> Greetings ? I have a '92 Camry 4 cyl automatic w/ about 130 k miles.
> Recently when I try to start it I loose electricity. When turning the
> key the lights on the dashboard come on as usual but when turning the
> key all the way to start the car everything goes dead. It will start
> after trying again. This occurred a few times. Interestingly, while
> driving at about 50 mph the electricity was lost and the engine died
> immediately when turning the headlights on. Thought that may be a
> clue to someone. I was able to pull over costing in drive. After
> stopping, the car started and the lights came on. This all happened
> on the same day and I haven't taken it out since. Any ideas or anyone
> with such an experience? Really appreciate any advice. Thanks!


Just want to thank everyone for their very usefull and much
appriciated response to the above problem. Cleaned the negative,
replaced the battery and connections and had the alternator checked.
Everything seems fine. I never had this happen before and really
appriciate your help. -TD
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