2003 Toyota Camry V6 - Slow Starting

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Old 24 Jul 2006, 05:02 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2003 Toyota Camry V6 - Slow Starting

My Camry has been great until today.

My wife went out to start it today and it wouldn't start...cranked
'slowly' and no start. By the time I got home the battery was drained.
I jumped the battery and it started right up. I took it to work at
about 1PM and at 5PM I came out to start it and it was slow to
start...cranked for about 5 seconds before it caught. It seemed to be
cranking slower than usual.

I'm thinking about a new battery but I'm not convinced this is the
problem. On the other hand, I think my wife only tried 4-5 times to
start it before she called me and I told her to leave it alone until I
got home. Battery was definitely drained when I got there. It sure acts
like a weak battery.

Finally we checked all of the lights, doors, etc for being left on/open
and as far as I can tell it wasn't sitting all night with the dome
light, etc on....I'm not too sure I think a 2.5 year old battery should
fail this early.

Will a weak battery cause the car to start slowly?

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Old 24 Jul 2006, 07:09 pm   #2 (permalink)
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rjkbob wrote:
> My Camry has been great until today.
>
> My wife went out to start it today and it wouldn't start...cranked
> 'slowly' and no start. By the time I got home the battery was drained.
> I jumped the battery and it started right up. I took it to work at
> about 1PM and at 5PM I came out to start it and it was slow to
> start...cranked for about 5 seconds before it caught. It seemed to be
> cranking slower than usual.
>
> I'm thinking about a new battery but I'm not convinced this is the
> problem. On the other hand, I think my wife only tried 4-5 times to
> start it before she called me and I told her to leave it alone until I
> got home. Battery was definitely drained when I got there. It sure acts
> like a weak battery.
>
> Finally we checked all of the lights, doors, etc for being left on/open
> and as far as I can tell it wasn't sitting all night with the dome
> light, etc on....I'm not too sure I think a 2.5 year old battery should
> fail this early.
>
> Will a weak battery cause the car to start slowly?
>

Yes. A common failure mode on all cars happens when the terminals on
the battery develop an invisible layer of corrosion. You need to take
the terminals apart and use a wire brush (inside and outside versions
for the old style connectors). Just because the terminals look good
doesn't mean they will work well. Put them back together and include
felt washers under them soaked in grease and coat the terminals with
grease to keep out the air, water and acid.
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Old 24 Jul 2006, 09:51 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Yes, a weak battery can do that. Especially when you charged the
battery and started the car right up.

2.5 years is way too short for a battery. They should last several
years without problems. That said, I simply change it out at 5-6 years
no questions asked. A weak battery puts a lot of strain on the
alternator (trying to charge a battery that won't take a charge) and
can cause the much more expensive part to fail early.

Do clean the contacts and check that all cable bolts are tight. Besides
an early battery failure, check the alternator charging voltage. It
should be about 13.5-15 volts. You can have a good battery that's not
being charged properly. Also check the alternator belt tension. A few
days ago one owner posted a problem with the automatic tensioner pulley
in a TSB warranty repair (that may only be the 4 cyl's problem). Check
to see what type of warranty you have on that battery.


rjkbob wrote:
> My Camry has been great until today.
>
> My wife went out to start it today and it wouldn't start...cranked
> 'slowly' and no start. By the time I got home the battery was drained.
> I jumped the battery and it started right up. I took it to work at
> about 1PM and at 5PM I came out to start it and it was slow to
> start...cranked for about 5 seconds before it caught. It seemed to be
> cranking slower than usual.
>
> I'm thinking about a new battery but I'm not convinced this is the
> problem. On the other hand, I think my wife only tried 4-5 times to
> start it before she called me and I told her to leave it alone until I
> got home. Battery was definitely drained when I got there. It sure acts
> like a weak battery.
>
> Finally we checked all of the lights, doors, etc for being left on/open
> and as far as I can tell it wasn't sitting all night with the dome
> light, etc on....I'm not too sure I think a 2.5 year old battery should
> fail this early.
>
> Will a weak battery cause the car to start slowly?


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Old 25 Jul 2006, 08:14 am   #4 (permalink)
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rjkbob wrote:
> My Camry has been great until today.
>
> My wife went out to start it today and it wouldn't start...cranked
> 'slowly' and no start. By the time I got home the battery was drained.
> I jumped the battery and it started right up. I took it to work at
> about 1PM and at 5PM I came out to start it and it was slow to
> start...cranked for about 5 seconds before it caught. It seemed to be
> cranking slower than usual.
>
> I'm thinking about a new battery but I'm not convinced this is the
> problem. On the other hand, I think my wife only tried 4-5 times to
> start it before she called me and I told her to leave it alone until I
> got home. Battery was definitely drained when I got there. It sure acts
> like a weak battery.
>
> Finally we checked all of the lights, doors, etc for being left on/open
> and as far as I can tell it wasn't sitting all night with the dome
> light, etc on....I'm not too sure I think a 2.5 year old battery should
> fail this early.
>
> Will a weak battery cause the car to start slowly?


also have a 2003 v6 and had a similar problem. From the sounds the car
made when we tried to turn it over, I thought maybe I should have the
started checked out. Turns out it was the battery. Maybe the 2003 just
drains the batterys harder than most cars. I say this because I just
replaced a battery on my 1997 Honda civic and it was the stock battery.
That thing almost lasted 10 years, the last 5 being started at subzero
temps in the winter, not bad! So I wonder about the camry and its
electricity usage. We have the LE and even with that there is enought
electrical stuff that will pull hard off the battery. I can imagine if
you have a higher model what it might do.

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Old 30 Jul 2006, 10:22 am   #5 (permalink)
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I own a 2003 Camry LE V6. It was assembled in the USA. It has a non-toyota
type battery (white box with a black top.) It started to leak very early
(corrosion on posts) nothing like the Toyota batteries of the past. I also
own a 2000 Tundra that had the same battery as the Camry. It also started to
show corrosion within the first 2 years. I replaced those batteries with
Optima batteries and my corrosion problems are a thing of the past. I had to
replace the connectors and hold down bar in the Tundra as they were too
corroded to use on the new battery.

BTW, I had a Yuasa (sp) in a Hilux pickup that lasted 13 years, 6 years in
Spokane, Wa, no corrosion. Another Toyota battery in a 4-Runner that went 8
years, no corrosion until it got weak and stated to leak.

I think the batteries put in the USA assembled Toyotas are not the quality
components you come to expect from Toyota.

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> rjkbob wrote:
>> My Camry has been great until today.
>>
>> My wife went out to start it today and it wouldn't start...cranked
>> 'slowly' and no start. By the time I got home the battery was drained.
>> I jumped the battery and it started right up. I took it to work at
>> about 1PM and at 5PM I came out to start it and it was slow to
>> start...cranked for about 5 seconds before it caught. It seemed to be
>> cranking slower than usual.
>>
>> I'm thinking about a new battery but I'm not convinced this is the
>> problem. On the other hand, I think my wife only tried 4-5 times to
>> start it before she called me and I told her to leave it alone until I
>> got home. Battery was definitely drained when I got there. It sure acts
>> like a weak battery.
>>
>> Finally we checked all of the lights, doors, etc for being left on/open
>> and as far as I can tell it wasn't sitting all night with the dome
>> light, etc on....I'm not too sure I think a 2.5 year old battery should
>> fail this early.
>>
>> Will a weak battery cause the car to start slowly?

>
> also have a 2003 v6 and had a similar problem. From the sounds the car
> made when we tried to turn it over, I thought maybe I should have the
> started checked out. Turns out it was the battery. Maybe the 2003 just
> drains the batterys harder than most cars. I say this because I just
> replaced a battery on my 1997 Honda civic and it was the stock battery.
> That thing almost lasted 10 years, the last 5 being started at subzero
> temps in the winter, not bad! So I wonder about the camry and its
> electricity usage. We have the LE and even with that there is enought
> electrical stuff that will pull hard off the battery. I can imagine if
> you have a higher model what it might do.
>


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