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87 corolla, 2yr old battery & alternator, battery dies somehow


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hpepe4
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Jan 10, 2013, 12:36 PM

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1987 toyota corolla
Whole deal has over 120,000 miles for sure.
Replaced the engine with one that has about 45,000 miles.
Battery and alternator are new. two years old.


Come winter time (seems to happen around this time of year), the battery infrequently drains out. why?


This year, it started a week ago, when I went to move my car. The battery was empty, nothing.
Got it jumped, charged it for 30 minutes, was fine for about five days. Yesterday it was seeming low,
as my radio shut off on its own while driving. Arrived at my destination, stayed for about thirty minutes.
Then it had trouble starting, barley enough power to start it. Then my signals weren't working, nothing was
lighting up, finally it died as I was driving back home on a major roadway. It just shut off. Had to get it towed.


It's safely parked now, but I can only imagine what kind of electrical hell ($$$) i'm dealing with.
I'm thinking alternator/wiring issues. Possibly a bad cable from the alternator to the battery?
There was a burning rubber smell, just before my car died last. Maybe a belt issue with the alternator?

thanks


Hammer Time
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Jan 10, 2013, 12:38 PM

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There was a burning rubber smell, just before my car died last


I suggest you find out where that came from.



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hpepe4
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Jan 10, 2013, 12:50 PM

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I suggest you find out where that came from.


Not sure where to start. There is only enough power in the battery right now for things like door light, and seat belt light, but not enough to start the engine.

I would love to find out where it came from, but don't know how to diagnose, or check, everything under the hood.


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Jan 10, 2013, 1:56 PM

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Then I suggest you call a tow truck and head for the nearest reputable repair shop because you are out of your ability limits.



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Jan 10, 2013, 5:26 PM

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Might be a good idea to check the alternator's drive belt to be sure it wasn't the cause of the burnt rubber smell. Maybe an accessory locked up or or the belt is loose as a goose.





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hpepe4
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Jan 10, 2013, 9:09 PM

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Thanks. Most likely going into a shop.


sumtum
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Jan 11, 2013, 5:01 AM

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What happened to my reply. I'm sure I posted it?


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Jan 11, 2013, 5:08 AM

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I deleted it rather than try to explain how wrong it was.



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sumtum
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Jan 11, 2013, 6:18 AM

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Comment deleted ......... user removed


(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jan 11, 2013, 6:25 AM)






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