My car is a 2000 Toyota Solara with about 190000 miles on it. The car battery light came on yesterday, but it still drove fine for the next 10 miles I drove it that day. Today, it started fine, but on my way to work the RPM meter started moving erratically between 0 and 4000. While trying to at least get it to my work's parking lot, I noticed that the RPMs only behaved oddly while I pressed on the brake or turned on anything electrical like the radio, blinkers, lights, etc. The time display on the dash would also darken like it was losing power. This also occurred while in reverse, which I tested in the parking lot, when I finally made it to work. The car drives fine with no stuttering or shutting off, just RPMs now go straight to zero when in reverse or using the brakes or electrical systems. The battery and alternator were replaced 7-8 months before when the voltage regulator died and fried the old alternator. Now the car will only start when it is jumped off, then it works fine apart from the RPM and electrical issues. I had my battery checked today and it was only 16% dead which I was told was fine. The alternator was tested and in working order as well. I really need help solving this, as my best guess would be that the wires leading from the starter to the battery are the problem.
Thank you for any help you can provide!
have the same problem?
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 AT 1:55 PM