My wife and I have 2003 Toyota matrix... looks almost identical to the one Scotty Kilmer had in his video -- even the same color. My wife loves the car, but we are having electrical problems with it.…
My wife and I have 2003 Toyota matrix... looks almost identical to the one Scotty Kilmer had in his video -- even the same color. My wife loves the car, but we are having electrical problems with it. Want to try to fix electrical problem before giving up on car.
- When I drive the car around and then stop, the car will not restart sometimes. I cannot lock the car with the remote either when this happens; I can unlock the car with the remote, but not lock it. We tried the other remote thinking remote was bad, but that remote had same effect. I can lock and unlock driver side door with the car key only.
The car will not start with the key. In fact, I hear no clicking. I checked car battery and it has 12.6 volts, so battery is not the problem. There are hardly any lights on in the car -- dome light works, but that is about it.
Then, I let the car sit for about 10 minutes, and I try the remote again to unlock the car. I start hearing a very faint click and very very dim headlights go on (that is normal on toyota matrix that head light comes on briefly with remote). Car still does not start.
Then, I let the car sit for about 15 more minutes, and the car unlocks, and I can start the car. This has happened 3 times within the last few days.
History of wierd electrical problems with Matrix.
a) A few months ago we noticed that when I step on brakes, lights would dim. Also, radio would cut out for a second every now and then. Clock on radio would also constantly flicker after about 5 minutes of driving.
b) A few months ago I replaced battery thinking that would fix 1) above. No, that did not fix it.
c) A few days ago, I had alternator replaced because battery would only get charged to 12.4 volts with the car on. I figured, okay, maybe it was the alternator causing a) above. Well, that did fix the headlights going dim when stepping on the brakes, but it did seems to have caused **1) ** above. Or **1) ** was a problem waiting to happen and it is coincidence. d) My wife does have an after market alarm called Model PRO 9232S. I disconnected it when 1) happened the last time. However, I do not know if I disconnected correctly. (I never liked the alarm but wife boutght it before we got married.)
Thanks. Like Scotty Kilmer videos a lot.