Help 94 Camry problem with battery and or alternator?????

Asked by Jul 31, 2012 at 02:23 AM about the 1994 Toyota Camry LE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Help 94 Camry problem with battery
and or alternator????

Ok my Camry has been acting
strange the past few days. The
orange car symbol idiot light has
been coming on and off the past
few months. I assumed it was a
brake problem because it usually
came on when after starting the car

and then it comes on as soon as i
hit the brakes to put the car in gear.

Then the other day drove about 10
to 15 miles left car running ran in
store for 5 min then drove a mile
when radio cut out and in and didn't
think anything about it. Went in
another store 10 minutes started
my car which reluctantly
started......battery light comes on
and little annoying orange
carshaped light is on......barely
made it home everything was going home turned off the
car try to restart and wont start.
First it just clicks then it clicks and
trys to kick but wont. Jumped it
started... same deal tbough
everything haywire unless i turn off
ac and stereo and lights etc... i turn
all that sfuff off and battery light
goes off but not the little orange car
symbol. Next day had to jump
car....let it run idle in driveway a
halfhour drove around a half hour
with everything off the first half then
all ac stereo lights on still running
fine then boom i get home same
deal battery light lit up orange car lit
up, haywire again, still driving
turned off all the ac stereo lights etc
and battery light goes off car runs
fine get it in the driveway turn off
turn on wont start. Today jump it
drive ten miles to auto store drives
fine ac, on radio lights....get to store
leave car on while i get somebody
to test alternator and battery...he
checks it says its fine sayys both
are fine i explain what has been
happening he says he was a
mechanic and says sounds like the
diodes are shot need new
alternator. So i bought it but car ran

home with no problem. Later drove
around for about a half hour and
still no problem. Dont wanna
change it if i dont have to would
rather have my money back.... keep

in mind i live in nevada desert and
its very hot. Today was not nearly
ad hot as the previous few days
because of rain and overcast. Could
it be a fluke that it ran good today
or what the f??? Help

9 Answers


Does the orange light have dash lines behind it? I've found that it means you have a rear brake or tail light bulb that is out. The battery, alternator thing can easily be checked. With your voltmeter, put the leads across the battery with the engine off, it should read 12.4V, any lower, which I suspect it is, it's low on a charge. With the engine running it should read around 14-14.5. That means the alternator is working correctly. I suspect your battery is low on voltage and your alternator is OK. Run this test and let us know what you have. How old is your battery? More then 4-6 years old, your due for a new one.

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Nothing seems to be corroded. All my lights are are fine. Car ran fine yesterday. The guy at auto store said everything checked out with voltmeter. He said the sounds like the diodes are bad and the alt will fail intermittent from bad diodes? Im just gonna keep driving it until it acts up again. Getting ready to go on vacation next wk and would rather deal with this when i get back. Thanks for the feedback.


If you don't have a meter idle 1000 rpm 12.5 2000rpm schould be 13.5 w ac on radio on Dirty cables ends cause lota of problems if need to replace ends Auto zone has a code keeper for the lighter hole plug it in then Replace ends if needed


Also if you don't have anything as the car is running Pull the cable off neg if it shits down replace alt then recheck battery If alt bad the car shuts off use a code saver in case

I had exactly the same problem -battery warning light, orange car light, and brake warning. I checked the battery and found one cable-end clamp was still attached but cracked. Replaced battery terminal clamps. My 94 Camry runs like new again. Still have brake warning though. Maybe need rear brakes.


I have a similar problem. changed the battery 6 months ago and everything ran fine, now it rained yesterday and the battery died. I jumped it and drove awhile then had to jump it again. Still wont start. Turn key once and hear the bell sound then turn the second click and then bell sounds faint then turn again and hear one click then nothing, no lights, no warning, no nothing...just wont start...anyone have any ideas?

6 of 6 people found this helpful.

My car batter is died when it sats overnight I don't have a radio in it case it was it

Even alternator is reading 14.5


turns out my problem was a crack in the hood. moisture or water after a rain would get into the crack and absorbed by the padding under the hood, wet the battery contacts and short out. Not concerned about aesthetics I applied a clear silicone to the crack and problem solved! car starts fine

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