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Toyota Camry Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
Aug 13, 2008 (12:59 pm)
I think the situation is the same as if the stone hits and breaks your windshield. Check your Comprehensive auto insurance policy. It isn't a warranty issue.
#96 of 148 12 volt battery replacement
Dec 15, 2008 (3:44 pm)
I have a '07 TCH with 65K on it. It will be 3 years old next spring. Generally, in TX it is a good idea to "pro-actively" replace batteries every 3 yrs because of the heat. 1) Will this battery last longer because it doesn't have to provide cranking amps? 2) I can't find any replacement for the specialized Panasonic battery with voltage (?) probe on the internet. Is anybody aware of one. The access is easy. 3) Finally, are there any special precautions necessary for replacing the low voltage battery on a hybrid?
#97 of 148 battery replacement
Feb 06, 2010 (11:41 am)
has anyone got a price from dealer to replace the batteries for the hybrid system? and how long before they need replacement?
#98 of 148 Re: battery replacement [choochooman]
Feb 06, 2010 (1:06 pm)
I don't get a price on an item that I don't need to purchase. Overall, the traction batteries are warranted for 7-10years depending where you live.
Right now all we have is experiences from Prius owners and while there may have been a bad battery here and there, there doesn't seem to be any talk of batteries failing with age. The Prius taxis owners put 300-400k on their cabs before replacing the car and they have not had any battery failures, nor have they worn out their battery packs.
#99 of 148 Batteries
Feb 09, 2010 (9:30 am)
Batteries have a nominal Voltage. Say 12 Volts DC for the car battery used for starting the engine. With no load, it has 12 volts potential. It should not discharge unless there is something wrong with the battery or there is a load like lights left on.
When a load is applied , like the starter motor, for example, 2 things happen. First, Current flows through the starter, Current is measured in Amps.
The second thing that may happen, depending on temperature, battery capacity, and how long you crank the starter motor, the internal resistance of the 12 Volt battery will increase. The current flowing through this internal resistance will cause the voltage to drop slightly from the current flowing through it. So the output voltage may drop to a nominal 11 Volts.
Power is Volts times Amps. The power necessary to run the starter will be the same. At a lower voltage, more Amps are necessary. This is why batteries can only crank a certain amount. After awhile of not cranking the starter , batteries seem to recover a little with no charging. This is due to the internal resistance going back to its original state.
Does that help ?
#101 of 148 MAIN BATTERY will not "fill up"
Feb 10, 2010 (4:37 pm)
Hello fellow TCH'ers.
I love this car!!! I have a minor question.
I have never observed the main battrey fully charged - always one or two bars less than full. Is that normal?
I have a 2009 TCH which has about 69,000 miles on it.
#102 of 148 Re: MAIN BATTERY will not "fill up" [dukeshah]
Feb 10, 2010 (5:56 pm)
Yes, perfectly normal. The TCH tries to keep the battery between 20-80% of full charge to try to maximize the lifespan of the battery pack.
#103 of 148 2007 Camry Hybrid Owners
May 31, 2010 (10:56 pm)
I am considering buying a used 2007 TCH. Test drove and saw some funny things. After starting engine, simply activating NAV triggered gas engine to turn on...is it normal for gas engine to come on while idling in parked position?....I looked at battery status and battery gauge was barely above the midpoint (60%?)....Is this normal? Is this battery damaged due to extensive inactivity? Is this a reason to be concerned about buying this car?
#104 of 148 Re: 2007 Camry Hybrid Owners [camryloyalist]
Jun 01, 2010 (4:06 am)
The hybrid drivetrain is a bit different but it does have a method to its madness...
The engine did not come on because you turned on the nav, but rather because it had been ~7 seconds after you pressed the Start button. That delay will be skipped if a) the battery charge is low, or b) the outside temperature is very low.
The battery gauge just reflects the current charge of the traction battery. If you drive the car in electric mode for the last mile or so before parking it the traction battery will be down and stay that way until the engine is running again to recharge it. So finding the car with a 60% charge does not indicate any issues with the battery, just that it was somewhat depleted before being turned off.
The battery pack has a long warranty so you should not have to worry about the battery at all from a financial perspective. How long has this TCH been 'inactive'?