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Old 30 May 2006, 08:59 pm   #1 (permalink)
Ron
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I have a old camery'91. Two days ago I washed the engine compartment
using tap water while the car was warm after running. Only the battery was
covered by plastic bags. Now I have some electronic problems. The charging
and brake signals are always on the meter panel. It looks there is indeed
charging problem because the car could be started only by boost. I do not
know what the brake signal does since no any brake was engaged.

Any comments for what may have been damaged ? Thank you for any help in
advance.

Ron


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Old 31 May 2006, 01:40 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Ron" <y.miao@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> I have a old camery'91. Two days ago I washed the engine compartment
> using tap water while the car was warm after running. Only the battery was
> covered by plastic bags. Now I have some electronic problems. The charging
> and brake signals are always on the meter panel. It looks there is indeed
> charging problem because the car could be started only by boost. I do not
> know what the brake signal does since no any brake was engaged.
>
> Any comments for what may have been damaged ? Thank you for any help in
> advance.
>
> Ron


Most likely the alternator copped some water and if the brushes (which run
on the rotor slip-rings to provide excitation) were close to minimum length,
they may be stuffed,.. or the regulator didnt like the dousing. The reg and
brushes come as one assembley. To be sure tho, you should get some basic
tests done , such as alternator output = circa 13.8V.

A simple test for alternator function (apart from the alarm light being on)
is to turn headlights on in driveway. Rev engine slightly and note whether
the h/lights flare or get brighter,...if not the car is running off what
charge is left in the battery.

Jason


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Old 31 May 2006, 07:50 am   #3 (permalink)
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Ron wrote:
> I have a old camery'91. Two days ago I washed the engine compartment
> using tap water while the car was warm after running. Only the battery was
> covered by plastic bags. Now I have some electronic problems. The charging
> and brake signals are always on the meter panel. It looks there is indeed
> charging problem because the car could be started only by boost. I do not
> know what the brake signal does since no any brake was engaged.
>
> Any comments for what may have been damaged ? Thank you for any help in
> advance.
>
> Ron

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Alternator, Distributor

Try making sure they're completely dry internally before assuming
"damage."

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Old 31 May 2006, 11:54 am   #4 (permalink)
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"Ron" <y.miao@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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>Hi Ron,

You may want to have your alternator checked,you claim to have
a battery light and brake light indactions showing at the same time.

"Clarence"
I have a1999 Camry xle v6 with engine imobliser system,I
also washed my engine compartment and are experiencing eletronic problems as
well. The car runs and drives fine as long as you do not turn on the
headlights. When you turn on the head lights the reverse lights indicator
comes on and the lights out indicator comes on as well and the license plate
lights do not come on,they were replaced back about three months ago.
If you drive the vehicle when the headlights are on the
engine misses at random and the transmission has jumped two gears in between
shifts. I took the car to Advance Auto parts to have the codes checked
andthe scanner showed no fault codes without the headlights being turned
on,but showed a p1780 code with the lights turned on which reads as
follows(Manfacurer Contrl Transmission) I was curious if any of you have had
this problem before. I will aprecaite any advice on this subject and thank
you all in advance.

Clarence D.Berry
>
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Old 31 May 2006, 07:36 pm   #5 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Maybe the engine compartment fuse box is wet inside , open it up to dry
out.

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Old 02 Jun 2006, 05:37 pm   #6 (permalink)
Ron
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I asked Toyota dealer and was told the alternator is gone though they didn't
see the car. Looks I need to change an alternator.

Thanks for your comments.

Ron

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> "Ron" <y.miao@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
> news:6M6fg.934$Su3.86014@news20.bellglobal.com...
>> I have a old camery'91. Two days ago I washed the engine compartment
>> using tap water while the car was warm after running. Only the battery
>> was
>> covered by plastic bags. Now I have some electronic problems. The
>> charging
>> and brake signals are always on the meter panel. It looks there is indeed
>> charging problem because the car could be started only by boost. I do not
>> know what the brake signal does since no any brake was engaged.
>>
>> Any comments for what may have been damaged ? Thank you for any help in
>> advance.
>>
>> Ron

>
> Most likely the alternator copped some water and if the brushes (which run
> on the rotor slip-rings to provide excitation) were close to minimum
> length,
> they may be stuffed,.. or the regulator didnt like the dousing. The reg
> and
> brushes come as one assembley. To be sure tho, you should get some basic
> tests done , such as alternator output = circa 13.8V.
>
> A simple test for alternator function (apart from the alarm light being
> on)
> is to turn headlights on in driveway. Rev engine slightly and note whether
> the h/lights flare or get brighter,...if not the car is running off what
> charge is left in the battery.
>
> Jason
>
>



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Old 02 Jun 2006, 06:42 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"Ron" <y.miao@sympatico.ca> wrote in message
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> I asked Toyota dealer and was told the alternator is gone though they

didn't
> see the car. Looks I need to change an alternator.



I would trust Saddam Hussein as far as I would trust most dealers.
Dry this sucker out, spray with WD-40 anywhere you think it may be wet, and
try again. Have the alternator tested.

Dealerships suck elephants.


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Old 17 Jun 2006, 07:12 am   #8 (permalink)
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You should open the kick panel under the fuse box. There are
connectors that take wires into the driver's door. My electrical
problems were caused by some of those pins being corroded. The dealer
said it was due to rain leaking in through the rust over the (replaced)
windshield. Later some one told me its a common trick by used car
places -- a squirt of battery acid -- to generate future repair income.


m Ransley wrote:
> Maybe the engine compartment fuse box is wet inside , open it up to dry
> out.
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