91 camry with starting problems.

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Old 09 Dec 2006, 11:40 pm   #1 (permalink)
mimedic07
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Default 91 camry with starting problems.

I am having an issue with a 91 camry, there seems to be an intermittnet
drain on the battery. it can go for a couple weeks without having a
dead battery but at other times it cant go more than 4 hours without
the battery being draind to the point where the car wont start. any
ideas?

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Old 10 Dec 2006, 07:12 pm   #2 (permalink)
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A few items that have caused intermediate drain problems, trunk light
on, cigarette lighter defective or has something stuck in it, defective
starter solenoid, a remote amp that fails to turn off, defective
ignition key not turning off all the circuits, stuck relay, alternator
problems. Have you added any additional 12V items to the car that may
be the problem?

A 4-hour time between engine off and drain is not that long. Is the
alternator charging the battery fully? If the battery is good and
fully charged, this is a considerable drain, at least 10 amps. How
long has this being going on? If just starting and you have a very old
battery, might be the battery is dieing.

Is the battery really dead and it is not just a problem with the
battery cables or starter?

When you turn off the engine, check to make sure all electrical items
are off. Pickup a cheap amp/volt meter. With this you can measure
alternator function at battery (around 13-14.5v), battery voltage when
engine off (12.8v is about 100% charge). By placing the amp meter
between the positive terminal you can see if there is a drain, then
start pulling fuses to narrow down the circuit.


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Old 12 Dec 2006, 07:20 am   #3 (permalink)
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Get your battery tested , it might be marginal, also your terminals
might be corroded not alowing it to charge

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