Toyota Camry: If the battery is discharged
The following procedures may be used to start the engine if the vehicle's battery is discharged.
You can also call your Toyota dealer or a qualified repair shop.
If you have a set of jumper (or booster) cables and a second vehicle with a 12-volt battery, you can jump start your vehicle by following the steps below.
- Open the hood.
Connect the jumper cables according to the following procedure:
- Positive (+) battery terminal on your vehicle
- Positive (+) battery terminal on the second vehicle
- Negative (-) battery terminal on the second vehicle
- Connect the jumper cable to ground on your vehicle as shown in the illustration.
- Start the engine of the second vehicle. Increase the engine speed slightly and maintain at that level for approximately 5 minutes to recharge the battery of your vehicle.
- Vehicles with a smart key system: Open and close any of the doors with the “ENGINE START STOP” switch off.
- Vehicles without a smart key system: Maintain the engine speed of the second vehicle and turn the engine switch to the “ON” position, then start the vehicle's engine.
Vehicles with a smart key system: Maintain the engine speed of the second vehicle and turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch to IGNITION ON mode, then start the vehicle's engine.
- Once the vehicle’s engine has started, remove the jumper cables in the exact reverse order from which they were connected.
Once the engine starts, have the vehicle checked at your Toyota dealer as soon as possible.
■Starting the engine when the battery is discharged
The engine cannot be started by push-starting.
■To prevent battery discharge
●Turn off the headlights and the audio system while the engine is off.
●Turn off any unnecessary electrical components when the vehicle is running at a low speed for an extended period, such as in heavy traffic.
■Precautions when the battery is discharged (vehicles with a smart key system)
●In some cases, it may not be possible to unlock the doors using the smart key system when the battery is discharged. Use the wireless remote control or the mechanical key to lock or unlock the doors.
●The engine may not start on the first attempt after the battery has recharged but will start normally after the second attempt. This is not a malfunction.
●The “ENGINE START STOP” switch mode is memorized by the vehicle.
When the battery is reconnected, the system will return to the mode it was in before the battery was discharged. Before disconnecting the battery, turn the “ENGINE START STOP” switch off.
If you are unsure what mode the “ENGINE START STOP” switch was in before the battery discharged, be especially careful when reconnecting the battery.
■Avoiding battery fires or explosions
Observe the following precautions to prevent accidentally igniting the flammable gas that may be emitted from the battery:
●Make sure each jumper cable is connected to the correct terminal and that it is not unintentionally in contact with any other than the intended terminal.
●Do not allow the + and - clamps of the jumper cables to come into contact with each other.
●Do not smoke, use matches, cigarette lighters or allow open flame near the battery.
The battery contains poisonous and corrosive acidic electrolyte, while related parts contain lead and lead compounds. Observe the following precautions when handling the battery:
●When working with the battery, always wear safety glasses and take care not to allow any battery fluids (acid) to come into contact with skin, clothing or the vehicle body.
●Do not lean over the battery.
●In the event that battery fluid comes into contact with the skin or eyes, immediately wash the affected area with water and seek medical attention.
Place a wet sponge or cloth over the affected area until medical attention can be received.
●Always wash your hands after handling the battery support, terminals, and other battery-related parts.
●Do not allow children near the battery.
■To prevent damage to the vehicle
Do not pull- or push-start the vehicle as the three-way catalytic converter may overheat and become a fire hazard.
■When handling jumper cables
When connecting the jumper cables, ensure that they do not become entangled in the cooling fans or belt.
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