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2006 toyota corrolla s wont start........sometimes


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schwyzer15
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Jul 15, 2014, 5:42 PM

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2006 Toyota corolla died on me the other day after work, had the battery checked it was fully charged. then started checking fuses and moving battery cables, then i say my inside lights come on. was able to drive to Firestone. they said it was an intermittent alternator problem. but how could it be if the battery is fully charged, doesn't the alternator only charge the battery. drove it home. then went out again and tried to start, no crank, no lights no radio, also key less entry was not working. Wiggled battery cables around again gave fuse box a tap then it started working again. What is going on ?Crazy


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 15, 2014, 9:58 PM

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Doesn't seem like you know that battery is charged or charging at all so you'll need to check and do this yourself as I understand this issue it's mostly battery cable connections at battery. Whoever told you an intermittent alternator problem couldn't have checked out much by what happened to get you there. Duh - alt isn't going to work properly with connections so weak it doesn't light up lights so no value in that call yet.


Sport - easy just pulling off cable and things electrical or you will trigger some other problems you don't have now.


Battery: Neg of first on last when done fooling with it. Charge it yourself as if it started with wiggling it, it probably did have enough and no telling about more until you get connections cleaned up or replaced and charge battery.


I'd refrain from tapping on fuse box. I doubt it's the problem unless it was messed up for some other reason IMO this is too new still for that to be the issue.


Are you able to take this on and have a place and some tools? IMO this is easy as things go with minimal tools required,


T



schwyzer15
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Jul 16, 2014, 3:56 AM

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I do have tools that i can use on this. Is there a way to test the cables. the battery and alternator were both tested at Firestone and they said they were both good 9 out of 10 times then the alternator was bad 1/10. auto-zone tested both and said they were both good. what steps should i take to see what else is wrong?


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 16, 2014, 4:27 AM

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Just look, cable u-bolts at battery are a mess without you posting a pic. If radio reset it's too late now to use a memory saver to take those off, clean them up with wire brush (baking soda will neutralize any acid there) or sandpaper or buy a tool for top post batteries to clean them. If corrosion has wrecked the band type u-bolt now you need to consider either new cables or high quality splice ends no cheapo ones!


Wipe battery clean - window cleaner is fine or targeted washing if dirty or just take it out. Watch out for battery acid as it will eat holes in fabrics - bad enough if gloves or work clothes a horror if that gets elsewhere. Use paper and throw it out.


If those clean and tighten up well, can't twist on there own if battery is charged or charged enough you are probably all set. Either way use dietetic grease on all metal u-bolt items and hold-down parts so they won't just snap off later. WD-40 fine just doesn't last as long.


OK: Now you can check alternator with engine running now if so. If good and charged engine off should read ~12.5 +/- just a tad and when running may see 13v to ~14.5v and stabilize as battery is fully charged and no sudden extra loads being used. If it just dropped voltage out of the blue something still is wrong to be found.


Test amps can be by default of volt reading! If all is now steady as mentioned give the alternator a load like headlights, RWD and blower on full blast and volts should be in acceptable range still. That alone is highly suggesting alternator is putting out enough for the car and fine IMO. If not, loose belt, bad alternator or yet another connection or problem but betting not on this.


Tools: Credible voltmeter - cheap up to nice DVOM. Charger: If you have time just a trickle automatic shut down charger. Can take all day and most show red, amber then green when done. If it can do that the battery is doing as much as it can and if not it's lacking ability.


Try hard not to break bolts to u-bolt, hold down fasteners as needed use PB (fav) penetrating oil and wait a while and go easy. Small gauge fasteners snap easily and more work than all the rest to make right again.


Clues of a problem still can be blinkers/directional blinkers go slow or headlights go dim or flicker. If ever it resets clock and radio again and a no start or any reaction there's probably more connections to clean up. Note battery cables have the other ends too at engine block and starter motor.


Not expecting much more than this and wont know till that much is done. Not that hard IMO as said with minimal tools if nothing breaks,


T







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