Our 2002 Camry is in very good condition with ~75k miles. The other day we went to start the car up and it wouldn’t turn over. The car would turn a couple of times and then start clicking. We jumped the car and I hopped in to take it to our local mechanic. I instantly noticed during the entire trip to the mechanic that the idle was very slow and chugging. Like it wanted to die anytime I was stopped.
I got to the mechanic and pulled in the lot. The car died. However, I was able to start it up again with no issues. A day later I get a call from the mechanic telling me that they had no issues starting the car whatsoever. They said the battery was a little weak so they replaced it (it was the original battery). I was also told that I might consider changing the spark plugs in the near future. Otherwise they said the car was running great.
After getting the car home I am once again noticing the low/chugging idle. It doesn’t seem anywhere near as bad as before, but it is there sometimes. I really would like to hear from the Car Talk community before I consider bringing the car in again. Is it possible that this is a spark plug issue? Is there something else I should look into prior to brining it in again?
Thanks so much everyone.