I own a 1995 Toyota 4 wheel drive 4 runne that I use only to drive to the beach and back which is about a 5 minute drive. Occasionally I use it to haul something from Home Depot. Over the past 3 weeks, it...
To begin with, you\'re not driving the vehicle enough - five minutes isn\'t usually enough time to recharge the battery after a start, so if you repeatedly start it but give it only a few minutes to recharge, the cumulative drain on the battery gets to be too much.
It\'s a lot like working hard every day but eating only one boiled egg for supper every evening after work - you can do that for a while, but eventually you run out of reserves.
Short drives are also terribly hard on the engine. If it never gets up to full working temperature, it also never gets properly lubricated inside, and so wears out much faster than it should. I\'d recommend driving it no less than fifteen minutes every time (EVERY time) you use it.
All that said, you may also have a bad alternator fuse. It\'d be in the fuse box under the hood, and it should be a fairly large one. With nothing but short drives, I wouldn\'t be surprised if that fuse is also blown; when the battery gets too low, the alternator has to work really hard trying to charge it back up. If the alternator has to work really hard EVERY TIME (because the battery\'s low and never gets charged all the way back up after your short drives), it\'s pretty likely that the fuse will weaken and blow.
Again, if you find a bad fuse there... after replacing the fuse and recharging the battery, drive the vehicle more. Not more often, but keep it running longer when you drive it.
Jul 21, 2014 |
1995 Toyota 4Runner