Battery, Wiper and Power Door Locks Problem

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Old 29 Nov 2006, 09:43 am   #1 (permalink)
Arvind
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Default Battery, Wiper and Power Door Locks Problem

Hi All,

Last winter (Dec '05) - I was out of station and my camry's (96 LE 4
cyl auto) battery died on me (i was out on a vacation for 3 weeks). I
had AAA replace my battery when i came back.

Since then, my power door locks seem to be in a world of their own.
They keep locking and unlocking themselves once the vehicle starts at
no-predictable triggers.

When i tried to observe some patterns, it seemed it was related to the
gear-change - but was not consistent enough.

Now on a recent long drive, i had to keep the wipers running through
the length of the drive (6 hours) - and the door-unlock/lock event
seemed to be triggered by the to-fro motion of the wiper. The faster
the wiper interval, the worse it got !

I have never had such problems before the battery was changed. I called
in AAA yet again, and they confirmed all the battery connections are
done right.

A local dealer wants a 120$/hr (for as many hours) - to determine the
problem and non-toyota dealers don't deal with this apparently !

Is there any connection between battery change and door locks, and
between wipers, door locks ?

Thanks for any pointers !

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Old 29 Nov 2006, 11:53 am   #2 (permalink)
Daniel
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Default Re: Battery, Wiper and Power Door Locks Problem

See if you can trigger any kind of different behaviour by wiggling the
wiring harnesses at the door hinges beginning with the driver door.
Sometimes repeated flexing causes internal shorts which could explain
both the dead battery and intermittent self locking.

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Old 29 Nov 2006, 01:10 pm   #3 (permalink)
Arvind
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Daniel wrote:
> See if you can trigger any kind of different behaviour by wiggling the
> wiring harnesses at the door hinges beginning with the driver door.
> Sometimes repeated flexing causes internal shorts which could explain
> both the dead battery and intermittent self locking.


Thanks Daniel, will check it up and let you know. Any other things to
look for ?

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