My new battery discharges if I do not start the car for two weeks. Is this a common problem with a 2002 solara?

Asked by Dec 29, 2014 at 06:28 PM about the 2002 Toyota Camry Solara SLE Convertible

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have replaced the battery twice in the last six months.   If I drive the car daily, I do not
have an issue.   If the car sits for longer than two weeks, the battery is dead.   It starts
with a jump.

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It would seem then your alternator is working fine, keeping the battery charged, so long as you drive it regularly. But if you leave it sit for a while, the battery is drained. What you have is a parasitic drain on the battery while it is off. You need to troubleshoot what is causing that drain. One way to do that is with a test light or digital volt meter - follow the steps here: http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Parasitic-Battery-Drain - my guess is since it can go two weeks before the battery dies, it's not a major drain (i.e., a motor continues to run with the car off) but something small, like a light. Good luck.

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Hello, it is my opinion that you must have a short somewhere. Or, perhaps you have a trunk light or another accessory that is either not turning off, or will spontaneously turn on. I know it sounds a little silly, but I have seen that happen. It may be a good idea to go to your auto parts store and they will hook up a codeing machine for free and it may tell you what is going on..

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This can actually be considered normal. I have 2 cars that I don't use on a regular basis and when I drive then park them I always disconnect the negative (-) battery cable as per the owner's manual. I have installed a quick disconnect switch between the battery and the battery cable so I can just switch it off when I park. Takes about 10 seconds. HTH. -Jim

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