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Old 10-22-2007, 08:55 AM   #1
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Bad rainstorm dead battery.

We had a bad rainstorm on Friday night and the truck got pretty wet. Made it home OK but when I went to start the truck the next morning the battery was dead. Thinking the engine was soaked I let it sit in the sun a few hours to dry out and it started without a jump but just barely. Ran fine the next day but the idle was rough. Woke up this morning and battery was dead again this time I had to jump it. Started up quick with the jump. And diagnoses as to what is going on? I'd say I got water in my distributer but it doesn't have one. Anyone? Did my batter just happen to die at the same time as the rainstorm?
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i think it is just the battery
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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If your battery is 5 years plus, I might say its your battery. But then, you could be your alternator too, not charging the battery.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:26 AM   #4
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Could the alternator just be wet or did it get ruined from the rain? It's been three days now. I've driven it quite a bit so I would think it would have dried out by now.
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go to a parts store have them tested the do it for free
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I'm leaning towards the battery. You might have a heavily corroded connection to your battery that would be causing some problems. Unscrew the leads and check to see how clean they are.

I have found that high humidity seems to cause either the battery or alternator to go out on my Saturns. I don't see why a Toyota would be any different, aside from Saturns being pieces of crap.
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I'm leaning towards the battery. You might have a heavily corroded connection to your battery that would be causing some problems. Unscrew the leads and check to see how clean they are.

I have found that high humidity seems to cause either the battery or alternator to go out on my Saturns. I don't see why a Toyota would be any different, aside from Saturns being pieces of crap.
When you say "Go out" do you mean like no good anymore? Or just not work when humid?
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Damn! Whats the best way to check the alternator?
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Go to AutoZone and ask them to check it. They can measure the output amperage.

I could be wrong on this, but I think that alternators are all or nothing. In other words, they don't partially work. If you have been driving around, then your alternator is working.

I still say, check your connections. If the battery posts are corroded, the AutoZone battery test will give you some screwy results.
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