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.

6 Answers

35,375

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.

2 people found this helpful.
115

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..

2 people found this helpful.
78,125

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

1 people found this helpful.

If I charge my battery on my 1999 Toyota solara in 4 hours the battery is drained I put a test light on the battery cable and it shows it on then I mess with the key switch and it's goes off ?

If I charge my battery on my 1999 Toyota solara in 4 hours the battery is drained I put a test light on the battery cable and it shows it on then I mess with the key switch and it's goes off ?

10

AAA told me that even though the headlights are not on i.e. the car is shut off, if the headlights switch is on automatic it will slowly drain the battery in two weeks. Solution: turn the headlights to off if you are not using the car. Kevin

1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Camry Solara

Looking for a Used Camry Solara in your area?

CarGurus has 1,211 nationwide Camry Solara listings starting at $1,595.

ZIP:

Toyota Camry Solara Experts

  • #1
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    660
  • #2
    Mike Bonnell
    Reputation
    500
  • #3
    F_O_R
    Reputation
    340
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Toyota Camry
781 Great Deals out of 70,992 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Corolla
556 Great Deals out of 67,442 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
445 Great Deals out of 102,222 listings starting at $800
Used Honda Civic
342 Great Deals out of 52,529 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
252 Great Deals out of 36,685 listings starting at $2,500
Used Toyota Avalon
134 Great Deals out of 7,737 listings starting at $662
Used Nissan Altima
705 Great Deals out of 69,536 listings starting at $950
Used Honda Accord Coupe
99 Great Deals out of 4,036 listings starting at $1,495
Used BMW 3 Series
864 Great Deals out of 32,479 listings starting at $900
Used Honda Civic Coupe
86 Great Deals out of 10,484 listings starting at $1,300
Used Toyota RAV4
416 Great Deals out of 75,361 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda CR-V
485 Great Deals out of 73,219 listings starting at $1,699
Used Toyota Celica
4 Great Deals out of 256 listings starting at $2,957
Used Chrysler Sebring
9 Great Deals out of 2,126 listings starting at $1,900
Used Chevrolet Camaro
238 Great Deals out of 28,802 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale

2006 Toyota Camry Solara SLE Convertible For Sale
4 Great Deals out of 75 listings starting at $3,499

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.