1998 Toyota Camry battery


#1

A few weeks ago I had to go and jump start my mom’s car, this was what I think was the start of all of the problems with my car. I drive a 1998 Toyota Camry with around 150,000-200,000 miles on it. It’s always ran pretty well for me but just recently it’s been sort of acting up. I went and jump started my mom’s battery but being the dumb curious teenager that I am decided to click the positive and negative ends of my cables together, creating a short circuit in my battery. Since I did this I’ve had to jump start my car twice in the past 3 weeks. Also I was driving earlier today and while driving my car turned completely off. I couldn’t turn, brake, or do anything basically. I believe that I just messed my battery up but I’d like some extra help to know what’s wrong with it. Thanks!


#2

could be the battery, but it’s also possible you zapped the alternator, or some other electronics.

I’d take it to a shop and get the battery and charging system checked. Many parts stores will do this free.

Since I did this I’ve had to jump start my car twice in the past 3 weeks. It may help if you provided more details here. Did it crank? what happened when you turned the key? Any error lights on the dash?


#3

Well the first time I jump started it, it started up fine and I was able to drive it. The second time at first the dash lit up but the engine didn’t flip. So I got out and readjusted the cables and it turned on fine. But while I was driving it after that it just seemed like the car was running a little bit different I could tell something with it was wrong but didn’t know what it was. Thanks!


#4

BillRussell is correct. Start with a test of the battery and charging system. My guess is that you damaged the alternator.

I hope you didn’t do this experiment near either of the batteries. Batteries can give off hydrogen gas and explode if a spark happens near them, with people occasionally blinded as a result.


#5

The next time someone needs a jump just call a wrecker service. The 25 to 35 dollar charge is much less than the price of a fried battery or electronics. After all that is what they do.


#6

I agree with and support the posts from Bill and the others.
And I’ll bet your mom would love a gift of a AAA card from you. That, to me, is a truly loving gift, a gift that keeps on giving. :relaxed:


#7

Some shops will input the CCA to test the battery so make sure that they will type in the correct one.


#8

You mentioned readjusting the battery cables & then the car started fine . Not sure what you meant by readjusting the cables . Those cables must be clean & tight where they connect to the battery . If you can move them around by hand , they aren’t tight enough .


#9

Or you have an internally broken battery post. Seen that.


#10

Yep , I have too .