Battery Problems of Toyota Corolla

Toyota Corolla owners have reported 19 problems related to battery (under the electrical system category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Corolla based on all problems reported for the Corolla.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 1
Failure Date: 08/09/2011

On August 7, 2011 when I got off of work I started my 2007 Toyota Corolla and I noticed that the engine light was on and it wasnt on when I drove to work earlier. On the way home I noticed the car started to sound funny then the battery light and oil light came on and suddenly the car started to loose power. I suddenly try to speed up to get into a parking light before the car shut off but it wont accelerate, I made it into the parking light and the car jus shut off while in drive. So I turn off the car and try to restart it but it wont start. So I had to leave the car in the parking light and catch a ride home. The next morning I went back to get the car it started but then it shut off, I got the battery checked and it was good. I got the car towed to the Toyota dealership and they told me that they have to replace the computer. I'm very upset because now I dont have no transportation and I have to work also I'm scared I fixed it and it go bad again and my car only have 19,800 miles on it.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Corolla 2
Failure Date: 06/21/2010

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 3 mph pressure was applied to the break pedal and the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the gas cap, the transmission and an unknown charcoal canister were replaced. Approximately one week later the vehicle began to intermittently stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where the engine control module was replaced. Approximately a week and a half later the vehicle again began to stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer where they informed her they believe the amplifier was draining power from the battery which may be the cause of the failures. The amplifier was removed by the authorized dealer. Upon receiving the vehicle it continued to intermittently stall. The vehicle was taken back to the authorized dealer but she was unsure if the vehicle was repaired. The failures continue to recur intermittently. The failure mileage was 70,816 and the current mileage was 71,955.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 3
Failure Date: 05/31/2010

I planned a 200-mile (one way) vacation over memorial day weekend, may 28 - 31, 2010. I had no signs of car troubles at the start of my vacation on may 28 and no car troubles during my vacation. However, as I was getting ready to drive the 200 miles back home on may 31, I started my car, but it died. I started it again, and it died. I made sure the accessories were off and that nothing was draining the battery. I then started the car again, and the engine ran for 30 seconds and then died. Since the car was still covered by the manufacturer's warranty, I called Toyota roadside assistance and the Toyota dealership, but the dealership's service department was closed for the holiday. With no way to get back home, I had no choice but to request a day off from work the next day, June 1, and contacted Toyota roadside assistance again. They towed my car to the dealership for inspection and repair. After they had a chance to review, they told me the computer/ecm (electronic control module)/ecu (electronic control unit) failed, and it was causing an electrical short to the entire car's electrical system. They replaced the ecm free of charge. While I am very thankful I was parked and in a safe location (not driving on the highway), this should not happen to a fairly new car with under 36,000 miles. I searched complaints, and it appears others have had the same issue with their 2005 - 2007 Corollas. Toyota issued a TSB but did not mail it to all their potentially affected customers. Toyota should be required to fix these cars instead of waiting for their customers to complain and tow it to the dealership when their cars break down!.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Toyota Corolla 4
Failure Date: 05/20/2010

The contact owns a 2006 Toyota Corolla. While driving at 40 mph, the engine stalled and turned off completely. After sitting in the idle position for 40 minutes, the vehicle finally restarted. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealership but the failure could not be duplicated. The current and failure mileages were approximately 26,000. Updated 11/03/10. Updated 11/19/10. The dealer stated the cause of the engine failure was due to a bad battery. Updated 11/24/10.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 5
Failure Date: 04/07/2010

My 2007 Toyota Corolla's engine shut off as I was getting off the entrance ramp to a busy highway. I was able to glide the car to the side of the rode. I restarted the car and pressed down the accelerator and the car would not go (even when I pressed the accelerator to the floor). The car shut off again. I restarted it, it lurched forward and immediately shut off again. I could not restart it again. The check engine, oil light, and battery light all came on but only the check engine light remained on. I had the car towed to the local Toyota dealer and they determined the problem was the ecu.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 6
Failure Date: 01/29/2010

I bought a 2007 Toyota Corolla about 3 years ago. I had a very bad experience on Jan. 29, 2010. (1) firstly, when I got off work, I could not start the engine. I tried 3 times, and engine was finally started and both the battery and engine check lights were on. I was very worried and decided to go to a dealership the next day. (2) the next morning, I drove to a Toyota dealership nearby. When I stopped at a red traffic light on my way to the dealership, my engine was shut off automatically!!! I was so nervous, quickly turned on my emergency light and tried to start the engine again. The engine was started and finally I arrived at Toyota dealership. The dealer checked my car and found the engine control module went bad. They replaced it with a new ecm. The problem went away for now. My car is only about 22,000 miles. I am very concerned about the quality of Toyota's electronics.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 7
Failure Date: 12/14/2009

The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the driver was involved in a crash and the air bags did not deploy. The battery exploded after the crash but did not cause a fire, which caused the vehicle to be destroyed. The driver hit the other vehicle at a speed of less than 20 mph. There were no injuries. A police report is available. The contact called the manufacturer and was currently awaiting a response. The current and failure mileages were approximately 11,800.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Corolla 8
Failure Date: 11/02/2009

I own/drive a 2005 Toyota Corolla ce. Starting last year (2008) it began stalling while driving. The first time it stalled as I was taking a right turn into the parking lot. Later in the summer of 2009 the ecm had to be replaced as soon as the vehicle reached 80,000 mi. (which is just over the warranty limit). I thought that maybe the previous incident was related to the ecm. However, this fall the problem started again and the car stalled while driving 30 mph on a local street. Every bump began to make the lights flicker and the engine stall. Sparks came out from under the hood every time I hit a deviation in the road. I went to a nearby local shop and they said it was related to a broken piece holding the battery. They removed the broken bracket and the problem seems to have stopped. During that drive it probably stalled about 10 times. The problem has not occurred again, however, I cannot express how awful it was to be driving with two children in your back seat in a vehicle that is supposed to be safe while it stalls and you have to quickly maneuver to the side of the road. Of course Toyota does not have any interest in helping me while I am above my warranty. I think that this issue along with the ecm needing to be replaced at warranty expiration is enough for me never to purchase another Toyota vehicle ever again.

car image   Battery problem of the 2009 Toyota Corolla 9
Failure Date: 07/29/2009

07/29/2009 - 09 Toyota Corolla. The vehicle would have an intermittent delay upon start up and intermittent power steering "lock up" when making sharp turns. During the power steering failure the vehicle would also lose radio and a/c as if the vehicle was powering down. I took the car to my dealership where I had purchased the vehicle less than a month before these issues. My first incident happened in a parking lot in front of another vehicle luckily the other driver was paying attention and did not hit me. Another incident happened on an exit off ramp which was a very sharp circular portion of road, the power steering completely went out and I had to "muscle" through the turn, suddenly the power steering was working again which almost caused me to lose control of the vehicle due to me going from using all my might to turn back to the vehicle working properly. My service dealership recalibrated steering torque sensor and found TSB 0182-09 for hard start condition, reprogrammed engine computer and added fuel tank additive per bulletin instructions. I drove the vehicle a few days until once again my car had the exact same issue. 07/31/09 I took my vehicle back to my dealership for service again. Service order states; inspect steering operation found eps will cut out and cause radio, headlights to cut out. Scan check record and flag events. Test and recharge battery pass. Open tech line case review data. Zero point and monitor again per tech assist failed after 3 turn. S/o power column assy. 31972. Replaced power steering column assembly and also found loose pwr supply wire nut causing voltage drop to system. Tightened nut and test drove. Verified now checks ok. Sept 17,2010 vehicle total loss in single driver/vehicle accident. My 17 yr old son lost control and hit a tree. He suffered traumatic brain injury and cannot tell me the cause of the accident.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 10
Failure Date: 07/24/2009

Have a 2007 Toyota carolla. This is what happened, me and my wife were out shopping. We went all over the place that day, we pulled in to the local walmart and the car just died. Tried to change the battery ,but nothing. Had it towed to the shop. 1 week later they said it was a fusible link. (it just burnt in half). If this had happened on the way to work on the freeway I would have been killed. Had to pay around $600 to have this fixed was over the warranty by 4000 miles.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Corolla 11
Failure Date: 07/01/2009

Information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6) I have had a variety of electrical problems show up in my 2005 Corolla ce, [xxx]. They began about July 2009 and continue to this day, in July, the car was hard to start on hot days. It may be corrosion at the battery ground or it may be something more serious. Then, about the 1st of January, the electric locks failed to work. About the 20th of January, they worked again. This suggests that the ecm is subject to water exposure, and corrosion. . . . Which will lead to other, perhaps dangerous, fails. For at least 6 months, the passenger safety bag light has been on. This too, suggests some type of weather exposure to a flawed design. It is dangerous because it could mean the safety bag might trigger spontaneously while the car is in motion. . . Thus triggering an accident that could kill me, any passengers, and it could cause an accident involving other vehicles. . . Risking the lives of many others. My final electrical problem began on/about 1 March of this year. My "engine fault" light went on and remains on. I did check all fluids on the top of the engine and found them to be okay. I don't feel safe in this car and it is now sitting in my car port. I won't drive it until I can find out what the problem is. I am even afraid to drive it to the aamco business for the free diagnostic check that they offer. Instead, I just bought a diagnostic tool to help me figure out if the car is safe. I almost forgot. Last summer, the odometer set itself back by about 25,000 miles. This is another indicator of an electrical problem.

car image   Battery problem of the 2006 Toyota Corolla 12
Failure Date: 06/15/2009

2006 Toyota Corolla with approx. 36,125 miles starts but soon stalls within a time span of 15 seconds to 5 minutes. Efforts to restart the vehicle immediately fail posing a safety risk if the vehicle is in traffic (which ours was). After waiting approximately 10 minutes, the vehicle is able to restart but stalls again within the same time span of 15 seconds to 5 minutes. The battery is working as evidenced by interior and exterior lights. Gas is at or above 3/4 tank full. Car recently passed (April 2009) pennsylvania standards for emissions and inspection.

car image   Battery problem of the 2008 Toyota Corolla 13
Failure Date: 01/01/2009

The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Corolla. While driving at approximately 15 mph, the vehicle suddenly shut off without warning and would not restart. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the computer was replaced. Prior to the failure, the battery had been replaced three times. The current and failure mileages were approximately 26,000. Updated 6/21/10 the consumer stated the battery was replaced twice. Updated 06/25/10.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Corolla 14
Failure Date: 11/20/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the plastic headlight coverings were discolored, which caused poor visibility while driving at night. The manufacturer stated that the dealer could clean the headlights, which would make them thinner. The contact did not believe that would be effective. The failure mileage was 34,271. Updated 06/09/09 the consumer stated the plastic headlight lens that covers the headlight was starting to discolor. The problem has progressed to the point that he has a difficult time seeing the road at night. Updated 06/10/09. The consumer is concerned about the engine recall. The consumer was informed his vehicle was a part of the recall. He is concerned the engine may shut down before the recall is performed, due to limited parts. Also, the power steering hose, battery, and water pump was replaced. Updated evoq 09/22/10.

car image   Battery problem of the 2007 Toyota Corolla 15
Failure Date: 08/26/2007

We purchased our 2007 Corolla le brand new. We realized that after parking and restarting the car and commencing to drive, a loud "click" was heard from the front of the car. We brought the car to the dealer and they said the clicking noise was normal and is mentioned in the manual. I informed them that our previous Corolla never had this problem and they said nothing needs to be done. If I wanted, a new computer would have to be installed but the waiting time was extensive. I refused this explanation and nothing was done. In addition, the car surges when the air con or defroster is on but again, the dealer "found nothing". Recently, one of the belts was squeaking and had to be replaced. In addition, an oil change and build-up on the battery removed. The cost - over $320. I told the dealer of the extended warranty we purchased and they told me nothing was covered. We feel that the extended warranty was useless and the Corolla dealer just looking to make money. These incidents started in 2007 and continued to 2009.

car image   Battery problem of the 2005 Toyota Corolla 16
Failure Date: 02/03/2005

The brakes failed, causing the vehicle to crash into a wall while attempting to park in a garage. Also, power steering did not work during inclement weather, making the ability to maintain control of the vehicle difficult. Manufacturer was contacted by consumer. Prior to the accident, the brakes locked up and skidded in dry road conditions. Vehicle surged forward when attempting to stop vehicle. When the power steering failed the battery light came on. Dealer found nothing wrong and no adjustments were made. After vehicle came back from dealer's inspection there was a grinding/scretching noise. Consumer had to take vehicle back to dealer and found that the backing plate behind the rotors was bent. Backing plate was bend back into place. Consumer felt grinding noise was not a result of accident and/or damages occured to vehicle.

car image   Battery problem of the 2004 Toyota Corolla 17
Failure Date: 05/09/2004

On two separate occasions while trying to start the vehicle engine would not turn over. Consumer felt that the problem was the battery. Vehicle is currently at dealer.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2003 Toyota Corolla 18
Failure Date: 09/21/2002

(1) rotten-egg smell from day 1 (purchased 9/2002) w/ cooling or heating system function. Dealer told me to switch octane and do not use recirculation - no improvement. (2) in 11/2003, daytime running lights came on in middle of night, drained battery. Dealer said TSB had been released - part ordered & installed to correct problem. (3) in 1/2004, leaking oil from under car, right front passenger's side - dealer said right front strut leaking & "completely blown. " had to be replaced & car required subsequent alignment.

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car image   Battery problem of the 2000 Toyota Corolla 19

When driving 20 mph and upon depressing brake pedal to make a normal stop vehicle continued to accelerate which caused a rear end collision. Vehicle caught on fire due to battery leaking. Also, passenger's side seat belt did not lock which forced the passenger into the windshield. Vehicle was a total loss. Please provide any further details.

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