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Old 20 Aug 2006, 06:48 pm   #1 (permalink)
zhi
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99 camry ce.

I parked my car in the parking lot for three days and today I couldnot
start it. When I turned to "On", the light in the car didn't come on,
and I even couldn't use power window and couldn't lock the four doors
from inside. Also, I heard click under the hood.

I called AAA to jump start it and it worked fine. The thing I was
confued about is some people say that's because I didn't turn off the
headlight when I turned off the engine last time. But seems to me all
headlights came off automatically when you turn off the engine and they
should not consume power during this period.

If it's not the problem of headlights, then maybe something wrong with
my battery. It does have small part of corrosion on the battery, but i
don't know how much it contributed to this no-start problem.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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Old 20 Aug 2006, 08:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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zhi wrote:

> I parked my car in the parking lot for three days and today I couldnot
> start it.
> I called AAA to jump start it and it worked fine. The thing I was
> confued about is some people say that's because I didn't turn off the
> headlight when I turned off the engine last time. But seems to me all
> headlights came off automatically when you turn off the engine and they
> should not consume power during this period.
>
> If it's not the problem of headlights, then maybe something wrong with
> my battery. It does have small part of corrosion on the battery, but i
> don't know how much it contributed to this no-start problem.
>
> Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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The owner's manual recommends you turn off the headlights manually if
the car will not be used for three days.
While it is true the headlights turn off automatically, the mechanism
is controlled by a relay which does consume a small amount of current
to keep the headlights off even though the headlight switch is "on."
Corrosion on the battery should be cleaned off to help ensure best
conductivity and minimize damage to the connections.
It may also be helpful to put the battery on a charger to bring it back
up to full charge. Batteries can sulfate more easily when fully
discharged such that they subsequently do not hold a charge as well.
See how well the battery turns over the starter motor when fully
charged after sitting over night. If it spins sluggishly, would
probably be time to replace the battery.

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