I own a 2007 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Everything was working normal before I left the country for a month.
When I came back , I tried to get into the card, the keyless entry didn't work eventhough the remote control works (The red light turns on everytime i press a button), so I opened the car with the key.
I tried turning it on and it wouldn't turn on.
I was told this could be because of the auxiliary battery dying.
Now I have a few questions:
1. Can I jump the car the battery? If so, will driving it around for an hour or two be enough to charge it? or should i take it to charge it in the dealership?
2. Do you think the battery is completely dead and needs replacement? or is it most probably a matter of charging it?
3. I asked in the dealership and they charge $450 for a new battery and 100$ to charge it.. Do you know of any other stores that might charge it for cheaper or sell it for cheaper? Stored like Firestone, advanced auto parts and autozone carry the regular camry (non hybrid model) battery not the hybrid model auxiliary battery.
I am sorry if this is not the right place to ask a question like this but this is my first time posting a question like this on this forum
Your in the right place to ask questions if your Camry Hybrid is having problems.
This 12 volt battery in question is the instrument panel battery that powers the door locks, headlamps, AC fans and etc. It does not start you engine, it does power you ECU which is the brains of your car. The engine is started from the large traction battery once it's directed to do so from the ECU.
Once you get the car working again, I would make sure when you press of the power button to shut the car off. Look at the the clock on the dash to see if it's black, showing no digits. If not press it again till it does go black. That way you know the car is powered off.
Being you own a 2007 TCH it's about time for the 12 volt battery to be replaced, if it's the same one that came with your TCH when it was new. First I would head to maybe Walmart and buy the switchable $29 battery charger. You can set the the voltage to 6 or 12 volts and the charge rate to 2, 4 or 6 amps. Once charged it auto switches to trickle once the battery is fully charged.
The 12 volt battery in your trunk is the type that has to be slow charged, best to choose the 2 amp charge rate for this type battery. Like Ron mentioned it may take 24 hours to charge up at the 2 hour rate. Once charged the battery may be still be weak from being run all the way down.