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Old 11 Sep 2006, 02:19 pm   #1 (permalink)
Gautam Shet
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Hi folks,
I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
while heading to work.

Once the car was jump started on fiday evening, I had no problems
reaching back home. But on saturday after ~19 hrs of the last jump
start, I was not able to start the car. So I again jump started it and
it seems to work okay. I noticed from couple of weeks back that when I
do not start the car for a day or more, the car does not start instantly
i.e. I hear a sound like struggling to start. But pumping the gas pedal
helped a bit.

I have a strong hunch that this is basically a battery problem. I would
appreciate any pointers to confirm that it is only a battery problem.
BTW the battery in the car is original and I have not replaced it for
the last 8 years.

Best Regards,

Gautam
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Old 11 Sep 2006, 04:04 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Gautam Shet" <gautam@apsimtech.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
> I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
> evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
> place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
> while heading to work.
>
> Once the car was jump started on fiday evening, I had no problems reaching
> back home. But on saturday after ~19 hrs of the last jump start, I was not
> able to start the car. So I again jump started it and it seems to work
> okay. I noticed from couple of weeks back that when I do not start the car
> for a day or more, the car does not start instantly i.e. I hear a sound
> like struggling to start. But pumping the gas pedal helped a bit.
>
> I have a strong hunch that this is basically a battery problem. I would
> appreciate any pointers to confirm that it is only a battery problem. BTW
> the battery in the car is original and I have not replaced it for the last
> 8 years.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Gautam


Yes it is the battery. When I replaced the battery for my 98 Camry last
year, I found a high quality replacement at Advance Auto Parts. Not all
places have an exact fit. Advance Auto Parts will come out to the parking
lot and replace it for you at no charge (solves the problem of the deposit
on the old battery also).


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Old 11 Sep 2006, 06:02 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"Gautam Shet" <gautam@apsimtech.com> wrote in message
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> Hi folks,
> I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
> evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
> place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
> while heading to work.
>
> Once the car was jump started on fiday evening, I had no problems reaching
> back home. But on saturday after ~19 hrs of the last jump start, I was not
> able to start the car. So I again jump started it and it seems to work
> okay. I noticed from couple of weeks back that when I do not start the car
> for a day or more, the car does not start instantly i.e. I hear a sound
> like struggling to start. But pumping the gas pedal helped a bit.
>
> I have a strong hunch that this is basically a battery problem. I would
> appreciate any pointers to confirm that it is only a battery problem. BTW
> the battery in the car is original and I have not replaced it for the last
> 8 years.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Gautam


Yes, you can bless your ancient battery for lasting as long as it did. Its
turn to die was probably two or three years ago. At Autozone (auto parts)
they will wheel out a battery tester to your car in the parking lot and tell
you in a minute whether the battery is any good....and it's likely not.


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Old 11 Sep 2006, 07:32 pm   #4 (permalink)
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I suggest checking for a battery from your local BJs, will save you
some $$. Remote possibility that alternator is bad, you will know that
once you get a new one.

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Old 12 Sep 2006, 01:50 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Mon, 11 Sep 2006 19:19:16 GMT, Gautam Shet <gautam@apsimtech.com>
wrote:

>Hi folks,
>I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
>evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
>place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
>while heading to work.
>
>Once the car was jump started on fiday evening, I had no problems
>reaching back home. But on saturday after ~19 hrs of the last jump
>start, I was not able to start the car. So I again jump started it and
>it seems to work okay. I noticed from couple of weeks back that when I
>do not start the car for a day or more, the car does not start instantly
>i.e. I hear a sound like struggling to start. But pumping the gas pedal
>helped a bit.
>
>I have a strong hunch that this is basically a battery problem. I would
>appreciate any pointers to confirm that it is only a battery problem.
>BTW the battery in the car is original and I have not replaced it for
>the last 8 years.
>
>Best Regards,
>
>Gautam


If the car started with a jump and the battery is 8 years old my bet
is on a bad battery. At 8 years it's past due anyway.
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Old 13 Sep 2006, 03:04 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Gautam Shet wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
> evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
> place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
> while heading to work.


As mentioned, battery time.

I do have a suggestion. And many here will disagree. But, if you have
the $$$, and you are planning on keeping this car for another decade,
you might want to consider replacing with an Optima battery.

First, off, those original Toyota batteries are GREAT. Pretty much any
replacement you get will not match that performance. You'll have
outgassing, corrosion and maintenance concerns.

However, if you want to spend about double (and in a lot of cases it
makes no sense to do so), consider an Optima battery. A bit different
technology. No corrosion. No adding water, no real problems with
vibration breakdown. And, if my experience is any measure, it will last
a decade.

http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html

Just a thought. For most people, a top-of-the-line NAPA or Interstate
battery will be fine. For others, even a middle of the line NAPA or
Interstate will work. But, in my experience, if you want real worry
free, and if you travel poorly maintained roads with lots of bumps and
shudders, an Optima Redtop is worth at least considering.

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Old 14 Sep 2006, 01:16 am   #7 (permalink)
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<timbirr@mailcity.com> wrote in message
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>
> Gautam Shet wrote:
>> Hi folks,
>> I have a Toyota Camry '98 model with ~78k miles on it. Last friday
>> evening, the car did not start up, while I tried to do so at my work
>> place. But I did not encounter this issue, the same day in the morning,
>> while heading to work.

>
> As mentioned, battery time.
>
> I do have a suggestion. And many here will disagree. But, if you have
> the $$$, and you are planning on keeping this car for another decade,
> you might want to consider replacing with an Optima battery.
>
> First, off, those original Toyota batteries are GREAT. Pretty much any
> replacement you get will not match that performance. You'll have
> outgassing, corrosion and maintenance concerns.
>
> However, if you want to spend about double (and in a lot of cases it
> makes no sense to do so), consider an Optima battery. A bit different
> technology. No corrosion. No adding water, no real problems with
> vibration breakdown. And, if my experience is any measure, it will last
> a decade.
>
> http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html
>


According to their website they have no battery for my 99 Camry V6
regardless of climate zone.


> Just a thought. For most people, a top-of-the-line NAPA or Interstate
> battery will be fine. For others, even a middle of the line NAPA or
> Interstate will work. But, in my experience, if you want real worry
> free, and if you travel poorly maintained roads with lots of bumps and
> shudders, an Optima Redtop is worth at least considering.
>



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Old 14 Sep 2006, 10:58 am   #8 (permalink)
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sharx35 wrote:
>
> > http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html
> >

>
> According to their website they have no battery for my 99 Camry V6
> regardless of climate zone.


What they say on their Web site and what really works are two different
things. They officially had no batteries for my rigs either, but going
to the local shop to check out in the real world, perfect fits with no
modifications, adjustments needed. I'm sure not true in all cases,
though.

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Old 14 Sep 2006, 06:35 pm   #9 (permalink)
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> sharx35 wrote:
>>
>> > http://www.optimabatteries.com/publi...nfig/home.html
>> >

>>
>> According to their website they have no battery for my 99 Camry V6
>> regardless of climate zone.


I have done a lot of research looking for a "premium" battery for my 98
Camry V6 and very few places have a "premium" battery that is an exact fit
24F battery for a Camry. Not even Sears or Optima has them (Sears has an
economy 24F battery). One of them that does have one is AutoZone.

The GOLD-DURALAST Battery is a premium battery that will last many years at
half the cost of the Optima. Maybe the Optima will last longer, but you can
by 2 GOLD-DURALAST Batteries for the price of an Optima. According to the
Optima website, their batteries last "up to" 2 times longer than a regular
battery (but probably less than 2 times longer than a premium battery like
the GOLD-DURALAST).

AutoZone will install it for free right in their parking lot.

http://www.autozone.com/


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Old 14 Sep 2006, 06:43 pm   #10 (permalink)
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"Mark A" <nobody@nowhere.com> wrote in message
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> I have done a lot of research looking for a "premium" battery for my 98
> Camry V6 and very few places have a "premium" battery that is an exact fit
> 24F battery for a Camry. Not even Sears or Optima has them (Sears has an
> economy 24F battery). One of them that does have one is AutoZone.
>
> The GOLD-DURALAST Battery is a premium battery that will last many years
> at half the cost of the Optima. Maybe the Optima will last longer, but you
> can by 2 GOLD-DURALAST Batteries for the price of an Optima. According to
> the Optima website, their batteries last "up to" 2 times longer than a
> regular battery (but probably less than 2 times longer than a premium
> battery like the GOLD-DURALAST).
>
> AutoZone will install it for free right in their parking lot.
>
> http://www.autozone.com/



BTW, AutoZone also sells Optima batteries, but as you mentioned there are no
exact fit 24F's for a Camry. The Optima red top batteries are at least twice
the cost of the 24F GOLD-DURALAST, and some of them are even more than that.

You have to be careful when buying a battery that is not exact fit because
the positive and negative cables have almost no slack in them. It can also
be a hassle getting the battery to fit in the space correctly (using the
existing clamps).


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