I have a 1985 Toyota MR2 that will not start if I don't drive it EVERY DAY!

Asked by Mar 31, 2014 at 01:11 PM about the 1985 Toyota MR2 STD Coupe

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Basically, the battery dies. Not completely, but enough to where it will not start without a jump. I have taken it into the shop and have had all the shorts and grounds problems fixed, purchased a couple new batteries, had full diagnostics run and been told that the alternator is not the problem. The only other thing that is needed is a coolant flush (so I have been told, which I will probably do). Any advice or suggestions? I am open to anything!

2 Answers


There is on obvious draw on your electrical system. Check all possibilities. Make sure the glove box, console, trunk, cargo, interior, under hood lighting is not staying on.


I had the same problem with my car for a while and it was nothing serious, not sure if this will help or not, but when I turned my key to turn the car off there's a little button on the ignition where the key is in you push it and turn the key completely, also my car alarm (on/off )switch is a little janky old, so I keep the alarm off not sure if those were draining it or not, but after that I had no problem, before it would drain all my car batteries that were new. goodluck dude,

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