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#257 of 727 1996 Toyota camry alternator issues
Sep 30, 2008 (4:17 am)
I have a 1996 Toyota Camry that has gone through 3 alternators in the past 5 years. Each time it fails under load. Once it starts to fail, I can get it to work temporarily If I shed some of the load (shut off AC or defroster). I have replaced the battery. I have tried new and used alternators, and always get a heavy duty type. I haven't been able to find the cause, any sugestions?
#258 of 727 Re: 1996 Toyota camry alternator issues [freddasilva]
Sep 30, 2008 (4:45 am)
Sounds like you have blown one of the diodes. Are you doing any jump starting of other vehicles off of this car?
I have found over the years, that the "only" time I have failed alternators is after I've used the vehicle to jump other vehicles. On vehicles that I've never used for jumping, they never had a problem.
I've stopped carrying jumper cables and being so outwardly helpful to others, and if I have a problem with one of my vehicles around the house here, I only use a battery charger instead of a jump. I've not had a failure since.
The other thing to check, is to make sure all of your electrical connections are free from corrosion, and tight. Look for corrosion up inside the main cables, peel back the insulation a little to check that you don't have corrosion up inside the cables.
#259 of 727 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location
Oct 01, 2008 (6:06 am)
Where do I find the Turn signal flasher Relay on my 1999 Camry?
#260 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [mach3lee]
Oct 01, 2008 (7:15 am)
Inside the car, drivers side kickpanel on the left.
#261 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [kiawah]
Oct 01, 2008 (1:23 pm)
I am having a hard time locating it. Do I have to remove the lower part of the dashborard where the tilt down coin drawer is? I removed the coin drawer and can see the fuse box but I can not seem to find the turn signal relay
#262 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [mach3lee]
Oct 01, 2008 (3:31 pm)
Not at the dash, behind the kickpanel.
Put your left foot on the floor, move it to the left...... and it will hit the kick panel on the side.
#263 of 727 Re: 1996 Toyota camry alternator issues [freddasilva]
Oct 01, 2008 (10:23 pm)
diodes should be ok as they are usually within the alternator and you have changed alterators,although all the alts used could have been faulty,get your alt checked at an auto electrical shop they will be able to test it for faults (if its charging and if your diodes are ok,bearings )failing that i would be checking all your earths starting at the battery first sometimes they look ok but are not 9
#264 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [mach3lee]
Oct 02, 2008 (8:40 am)
Did your turn signal suddenly stop working? We just had that problem on my daughter's '99 Camry. All other electrical lights, including the brake light, are working just fine. Do you know what the problem is?
#265 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [suydam]
Oct 02, 2008 (11:07 am)
Normally could be the flasher, or could be a bulb. Could also be the turn signal switch, but that becomes less likely.
You have to look very closely at the dual filament bulbs. What can happen is one of the filaments burns out and breaks, and then lays across the other filament, causing weird problems. Look closely at the intensity of the bulb brightness, to make sure the correct filament is being lit.
#266 of 727 Re: 1999 Camry Turn Signal Flasher Location [suydam]
Oct 02, 2008 (11:07 am)
Yes they just stopped flashing. It was just fixed by replacing the turn signal relay