Toyota camry can only start with a jumper


Asked by Nov 10, 2015 at 08:45 PM about the 1990 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My dad's 1990 camry can only start with a jumper. Without a jumper, it
doesn't crank and the battery seems very week. The battery was replaced a
month ago. Could it be the alternator?

7 Answers


I would clean the battery terminals and check and clean the cable ends. Replace the cables if they are cracked or loose and cannot be tightened up. It could be the alternator and your can remove it and take it into an auto parts store for testing.

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If you have an amp gauge or a voltage meter on the car check and see what they show. If the amps are neutral or positive then your alternator is good. The voltage meter should show around 14 volts if the alternator is good.

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will this voltage meter work? Tools-Non-Contact-Voltage-Tester-NCVT-1SEN/100661787


That is made for tracing 120v circuits.

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It could be the alternator so test it and inspect the battery cables as described above too. If that all checks out charge the battery and have it load tested. Even though it's only 1 month old, you could have been unlucky and got a defective one. Whatever you do, do NOT disconnect the battery with the engine running!! You'll surely fry the electronics! HTH. - Jim

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Thanks everyone. It was the alternator. Replaced it costs $130 + 30 minutes to remove and install :-)

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You're welcome. Glad to help. Thanks for letting us know and for the best answer click! -Jim

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