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#132 of 148 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sudden shutdown
Jun 20, 2012 (7:01 pm)
I have a total of 1800 miles on it. I wanted to see if anyone else had a problem like this. Driving today in Phoenix and everything operated normally. This was the hottest day yet. Outside air temp reading was 113 degrees. Parked it for an hour, then came out to go home. Made a very fast left turn onto busy street. Easily the hardest turn I had made to date in the car. The hybrid system died, and put up a red battery light. I figured I could drive home on the gas engine - WRONG. The gas engine engine will shut down a few seconds after the hybrid battery light goes on. I had to re-start gas engine about 7 times to get it to a safe spot.
I don't think the 250V battery died as it powered the AC compressor just fine and I had cold AC. The dealer has it now. If I do not get a satisfactory explanation I plan to trade it in and pressure dealer to give back what I paid for it. Will definitely get a gas-only engine.
Does anyone have a similar experience? Searching the Internet, the solution may be a loose connection or failed inverter. But I am wondering if it is a thermal problem.
#133 of 148 Re: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sudden shutdown [mthomas3]
Jun 21, 2012 (8:25 am)
Doubt it's thermal - I live in PHX with a 2007 TCH I bought in June 2006 and it is fine at nearly 100K miles. Battery still charges fully.
You most likley just have a faulty component, and when replaced, the car will be good to go.
#134 of 148 Re: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sudden shutdown [mthomas3]
Jun 21, 2012 (10:04 am)
The service manager called me this morning. There were no obvious things wrong like loose connections. They have opened a case file with Toyota headquarters to diagnose and fix problem. He indicated that it will take a few days. I will keep you posted with results.
#135 of 148 Re: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sudden shutdown [mthomas3]
Jun 24, 2012 (9:50 am)
The problem was with a bad inverter. Replacement solved the problem and I have the car back now. They also did extensive checks on the hybrid system functions to make sure there were no other problems. I will definitely trade in the car before it goes beyond the warranty.
#136 of 148 Re: 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid sudden shutdown [mthomas3]
Jun 25, 2012 (5:20 am)
Just as I had predicted. You'll enjoy the mileage, even in Phoenix. Good Luck !!
#137 of 148 2012 TCH XLE - Parking attendant left my car running for 4 days
Jul 07, 2012 (9:53 pm)
My 2012 TCH that I purchased in March currently has about 4k miles in it. This past week, I took it on a long drive from So. Cal. to San Francisco and the car worked flawlessly. Since I was planning to go around San Francisco by walking and taking public transportation (hard and expensive to find parking around downtown and Fisherman's Wharf) I decided to drop off my car at a parking lot with attendants that move the car around the lot as needed. They also leave the key inside the car. When I picked up my TCH 4 days later I noticed that the hybrid battery was almost completely drained (1 purple bar) and it took 50 to 60 miles of freeway driving for the gas mileage to go from low 20s to low 40s, low 40s being my normal average under regular freeway driving conditions. Even when I didn't drive my hybrid for a few days the hybrid battery never drained before, so my strong suspicion is that the #$%*ing attendant forgot to turn the switch off and since the key was left inside the car, the car was running the whole time. I love this car and am planning to keep it for many many years (my last Camry, which I have owned for almost 18 years, has 235k miles and still runs strong). Does anybody know what the potential impact is of leaving the car running for several days? Will this shorten the life of the hybrid batteries or should I worry about other components going bad? This is my first hybrid, so still learning all the "ins and outs". Extremely impressed with the car. Thanks.
#138 of 148 Re: 2012 TCH XLE - Parking attendant left my car running for 4 days [joon]
Jul 09, 2012 (6:17 am)
What most likely happened was that it ran at idle for a while before they turned it off. That will run down the battery, such as sitting in crawling-along traffic will do.
It ABSOLUTELY did NOT run for 4 days. If it had, the gas engine would have started dozens if not hundreds of times while idling, to recharge the battery. You would have come back to a fully charged battery with a lot less gas in the engine.
Having a 2007 TCH which just ran out of warranty on 5-31-2012, I have confidence that your battery is just fine.
Happy Hybriding !!!
#139 of 148 Re: Hybrid Full Battery Charge? [cdn_tch]
Aug 02, 2012 (5:33 am)
Mine has NEVER gotten above 60% and often has only two purple bars. It dramatically reduces mileage. When the charge is high (as it rarely is) I get ~ 50mpg. When it's low (as it usually is) I get 33mpg. Does this mean I have something that needs to be either adjusted, fixed or replaced? Anyone?Anyone???
#140 of 148 Re: Hybrid Full Battery Charge? [hcpro]
Aug 06, 2012 (4:54 am)
If 'twere me, I'd take it in and have the dealer test the system.
#141 of 148 Re: 2010 Camry Hybrid 12V battery problems [druminstein]
Aug 13, 2012 (10:15 am)
Are you sure about the Hybrid Aux. 12v battery being AGM? I've checked with Toyota sales & service and couldn't find anyone that knew what an AGM battery was. They assured me that it was a standard water flooded car battery. Now the main battery is, sort-of. I guess it's actually a form of gel-cell. Toyota's internet information calls it a standard wet-cell battery. I'm interested in the facts, because I am in the process of buying a battery charger and maintainer charger. I want to get a charger for AGM type, if that applies, but what I've learned so far, it doesn't. Your comment is the only one I've seen that indicates that. Of course Optima now builds a AGM battery for the ver. 3 Prius, as a replacement, due to battery deficiencies, but that doesn't address the Camry issues, nor Camry fitment. Anyway, I'm guessing that it wouldn't fit a Camry.