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- Battery, Wiper and Power Door Locks Problem
November 29, 2006, 10:43 am
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Last winter (Dec '05) - I was out of station and my camry's (96 LE 4
cyl auto) battery died on me (i was out on a vacation for 3 weeks). I
had AAA replace my battery when i came back.
Since then, my power door locks seem to be in a world of their own.
They keep locking and unlocking themselves once the vehicle starts at
When i tried to observe some patterns, it seemed it was related to the
gear-change - but was not consistent enough.
Now on a recent long drive, i had to keep the wipers running through
the length of the drive (6 hours) - and the door-unlock/lock event
seemed to be triggered by the to-fro motion of the wiper. The faster
the wiper interval, the worse it got !
I have never had such problems before the battery was changed. I called
in AAA yet again, and they confirmed all the battery connections are
A local dealer wants a 120$/hr (for as many hours) - to determine the
problem and non-toyota dealers don't deal with this apparently !
Is there any connection between battery change and door locks, and
between wipers, door locks ?
Thanks for any pointers !
Re: Battery, Wiper and Power Door Locks Problem
See if you can trigger any kind of different behaviour by wiggling the
wiring harnesses at the door hinges beginning with the driver door.
Sometimes repeated flexing causes internal shorts which could explain
both the dead battery and intermittent self locking.
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