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Old 11-08-2009, 09:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Battery Group Size?

Can anyone tell me the battery group size for 1997 camry v6. i have a 35 in now but why do the parts stores say a 24 will fit also. I would rather get a 24 it has higher CCA it's cheaper but is a bigger in dimensions. Will it fit in the battery area
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can use any of these 2 sizes. My old battery was a 35 and then I replaced it with a 24 last month. It should fit with no problem.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:45 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i would stick with whats on the car already.

(example)if it has 34 batt then buy 34 batt.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Will the 24 fit a 5S-FE Camry?
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Did someone slipped a smaller, cheaper battery in there?

You usually want the largest battery that fits. The 24 also gives you higher reserve capacity. I'd stay away from the smaller 35 unless you have to use it (clearance issues).

Interstate (a Johnson Controls brand, Walmart, Autozone Duralast Gold, etc), also has a higher capacity version of 24 that's 0.75" longer. It may not fit into the standard Group 24 battery heat shield.

Check the side of the POS and NEG posts. You may need the 24F instead of the 24. The same battery, but POS are on different sides.

You can find those info on interstatebatteries.com. However the link doesn't seem to work, so you'll have to type it in yourself. Or try it later:

http://www.interstatebatteries.com/c...egatron2_f.asp



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Can anyone tell me the battery group size for 1997 camry v6. i have a 35 in now but why do the parts stores say a 24 will fit also. I would rather get a 24 it has higher CCA it's cheaper but is a bigger in dimensions. Will it fit in the battery area

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4th Generation It's the Winter Weather Package

I have a 2000 Camry that came with a 24F battery from the factory. Cars that were sold in Northern states or Canada were typically equipped with a "Winter Weather Package" that included "heavy duty" upgrades to the starter, heater and so on. In the case of the battery, cars with this package came with a size 24 battery installed in place of the standard size 35. Either will fit as a replacement; the 35 will simply have more empty space around it.
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Old 04-02-2013, 06:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a 2000 Camry that came with a 24F battery from the factory. Cars that were sold in Northern states or Canada were typically equipped with a "Winter Weather Package" that included "heavy duty" upgrades to the starter, heater and so on. In the case of the battery, cars with this package came with a size 24 battery installed in place of the standard size 35. Either will fit as a replacement; the 35 will simply have more empty space around it.
Upgrade to the battery I knew was standard for the car to even be sold in Canada. There is no "Winter Weather Package" up here, unless it is an option added by the individual dealer.

Cars that are qualified for sale in Canada have to meet certain requirements (due to winter conditions here, and applies to ALL cars sold in Canada, not just Toyota's). Of which any Camry has (any version), except for the battery (so, these were upgraded for the cars sold here). There is no "upgraded starter" for the Canadian market. Unless, you're talking about a remote starter (which is an option, and not a requirement). The only "upgrade" to the heating system would be a block heater (also an option, but also not a requirement).

As for the OP's post, I'd go with JohnGD's suggestion, and get the biggest battery that will fit, and has the positive and negative terminals on the correct sides of the battery.

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Just thought I would mention a 24 has the posts reversed from a 24F (which can sometimes be hard to find I'm told). This could be the reason someone used a 35- which has posts matching the 24F. If you actually purchase a 24 you may find the cables won't reach. FWIW
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Holy thread revival. 3 and a half years and a new user comes in to answer a question on his first post?

Welcome to TN JonBoy470
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:15 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Occasional thread revival is sometimes a good thing.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:26 AM   #11 (permalink)
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O sure not debating that just wondering how this came to his attention and enough for him to post in it after there had been no activity for over three years. I am glad it was of some use to you though.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:59 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Didn't even notice. Probably because some of us just hit 'New Posts' and scan thru them. Of course, for a noob I guess they would all be new posts.
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2000 Camry Battery

Bought my 2000 LE 2.2 with a new Interstate Group 35 in it - only drive it once a week for 25 miles - after 1 yr it wouldn't start after sitting for 3-4 days - alternator, connections, parasitic draw(30mA), etc. all checked out good - got it replaced under warranty - 1 yr later same thing - found out they were sulfating because of non-use - switched to a Group 24fn (750 CCA instead of 550 for group 35, the n is for cold climates) and I will charge it fully once a month.
Got the Everstart Maxx from Walmart ($95 - made by Johnson Controls who also make Interstate, etc) and rated as one of the best batteries you can buy.

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