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Genchi Genbutsu, Toyota Master Technician
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toyota camry: battery charged..alternator..starter parts

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I have a toyota camry 1999. The car does not keep the battery charged. We had the alternator and starter checked out by a auto parts place and that was not the problem. I have to keep getting the battery fully charged every other day summer and winter months.
help me please............!? I am tired of getting stuck and in not so great situations or areas.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Genchi Genbutsu replied 6 years ago.

Thanks for using Just Answer for your needs. Have you had a Parasitic Load test performed yet?




Customer: replied 6 years ago.
not sure what that is.? what would be done to preform this?
Expert:  Genchi Genbutsu replied 6 years ago.

This test should have been performed already if you have had repeated battery draining. What this test does is measure how much amperage is being drawn from the battery when it is just sitting there like it does overnight. It should have no more than 150 milli amps of parasitic load.


(i.e. a Parasitic load is any load that is not supposed to be there, kinda like leaving the door open and the Dome light stays on.) That load can be measured and if the test shows more than 150 milli amps, then you can start pulling out fuses to see what circuit the load is on. When you pull the fuse with the load, the milli amp parasitic load will disappear.



Customer: replied 6 years ago.
so do i go and ask for my car to have the para load tested. could you not talk in mechanic voice pls...kindly break down what i need to do now.? also the dealer put a kill switch on the car will this be causing the issue..never really ran the car it sat alot .
Expert:  Genchi Genbutsu replied 6 years ago.

I apologize for not being clearer. The kill switch would not cause this or be involved here. Also, yes, you should have the parasitic load test performed at a repair shop. The best place to finally get this fixed is the Dealer. They will usually charge for 1 hour ($75) to perform a parasitic load test as well as check the battery, charging system and all the wiring. This will at least give you an idea as to what is causing this problem.




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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thank you genchi very much i really hope this works and they dont try to get over and/or charge me an arm and leg