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Toyota Camry Dead Engine Battery Replacement Guide

How to change and install the battery in a Toyota Camry, remove and put in a new battery in a Toyota Camry

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This Do-It-Yourself repair guide is for how to change the battery in a Toyota Camry. This guide was specifically done on the 2012 Toyota Camry 2.5L 4 cylinder engine 6th generation (XV40 and XV50) but owners of the 2000-2013 L, LE, XLE, SE, XLE V6, SE V6 Camry may also find this replacement guide useful as the battery has not changed over the years. Camry Hybrid models should not use this guide. Please refer to your vehicle's specific owners manual for battery size and CCA requirements before installing a new battery in your Toyota Camry.

The Toyota Camry Battery model number is 24F but the OEM battery may say Group 24R on it which just means the positive battery post is reversed. Some models may also have the 34F or 35R, please refer to your owner's manual to make sure you purchase the correct OEM replacement battery for your year and make Camry. Please read disclaimer before attempting any repairs to your vehicle.

Tools Needed: Socket Wrench, 10mm Open End Combination Wrench, 10mm Deep Well Socket, Wire Battery Terminal Brush

Toyota Camry
Hood Release Lever
Pull Hood Release
Before you start make sure the vehicle is turned off, the engine has cooled down and the keys are removed from the ignition. The Toyota Camry 24F Battery is located in the front right or driver side of the engine compartment so you will need to lift the hood. To lift the hood of the Camry you will need to pull the hood release that is located under the steering column as shown in the picture above. Once you lift up on the hood release lever you should hear the hood pop.
Camry Hood Latch
Lift Hood Latch
Camry Engine Compartment
Once you pop the hood you will need to go to the front of the car and release the hood by sticking your hand under the hood in the gap in the center and feeling for the hood release lever. Once you raise the hood make sure your Camry model has the gas piston hood supports to hold the hood up, if it does not you will need to use the hood support rod to hold the hood up.

Warning! Before you start working on taking out and removing the bad battery from the Toyota Camry be aware that you can damage yourself and your vehicle if you let anything metal touch the positive battery terminal and the negative battery terminal at the same time! I recommend wearing gloves to keep you from getting shocked and dirty, proceed at your own risk.

If your battery terminals are corroded you may want to use some baking soda and with a wet tooth brush to remove the corrosion before you start to take off the battery terminals. I also heard that Coca Cola (Coke) works to remove corrosion but I have not tried it. After you replace the battery you may want to use the felt battery corrosion pads on the posts to help avoid future corrosion.

24F Automotive Battery for Toyota Camry
24F Toyota Camry Battery
Camry Battery
10mm Battery Terminal Bolt for Toyota Camry
Camry Negative Battery Terminal
Start with removing the negative battery terminal first, it is located on the driver side and is marked with a negative symbol "-". The Toyota Camry battery terminal bolt is 10mm and you will need to use a 10mm open ended combination wrench or a 10mm socket wrench to loosen the bolt. You do not need to remove the bolt completely, just loosen it enough so you can wiggle the battery terminal back and forth to remove it.
Remove Negative Battery Terminal
Camry Positive Battery Terminal Boot
10mm Battery Terminal Bolt
The positive battery post is located on the left side (passenger side) of the battery and is marked with a positive symbol "+" and in my case it also had a Red cover over the terminal as well to mark it as positive. You will need to lift the red battery terminal cover up and to the side in order to get to the actual positive battery cable and terminal. A 10mm socket (ratcheting) wrench is difficult to use on the positive terminal because it hit the air filter housing so use the 10mm combination wrench or a crescent wrench if you have one to disconnect the battery terminal.

Positive Battery Terminal Removed
Toyota Battery Hold Down Bracket
10mm Battery Bracket Bolt
Once you have removed the battery terminals from the Toyota Camry you will need to remove the battery hold down bracket with a 10mm wrench. The deep well socket wrench works well here because bolt in the back is longer.
Front Battery Bracket Bolt
Toyota Battery Hold Down Bracket
Remove Battery Hold Down Bracket
Rear Battery Hold Down Rod
Remove the front bolt first. The bolt in the back only needs to be loosened, do not remove it completely or you may drop the rod it is attached to. The rod holding the battery down in the back has a hook at the end of it that is attached to the battery plate under the battery. If you loosen the bolt enough you can push down on the rod and twist it out of the hole. Once it is out of the hole you can remove the battery hold down bracket completely.
Exposed Camry 24F Battery
Battery Base Plate Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry Battery Base Plate
24F Positive Battery Post Toyota Camry
Clean Positive Battery Post
Once the bracket is removed you can lift the battery straight up with your hands or with a battery puller if you have one. Once you remove the dead engine battery you can inspect the base plate that the battery sits on to see if it needs to be cleaned. If your battery terminals or cables need to be replaced you can purchase new ones at most auto parts stores. Also a battery terminal cleaner brush is very useful.

Clean Negative Battery Post

OEM Toyota Battery CCA


To install the new Toyota Camry battery follow the reverse order of how you removed the battery. Always check your OEM repair manual for your year and make vehicle before attempting any repairs or maintenance. When purchasing a new car battery make sure that it meets the minimum CCA or Cold Cranking Amps requirement for your vehicle. If you do not have an OEM repair manual you can use a Chilton's manual or Haynes manual that are available at most auto parts stores for further repair instructions. You may also be interested in other Do it Yourself guides I have done like How to Change the Dome Light in a Toyota Camry, How to Replace the Headlight in a Toyota Camry, How to Change the Map Light in a Toyota Camry, How to Change the Air Filter in a Toyota Camry, How to Change a Fuse in a Toyota Camry. For all the Toyota Camry guides in one place go to Toyota Camry Repair and Maintenance Guides.

You can purchase a new battery for your Camry from most auto parts stores like Advanced Auto Parts, Discount Auto Parts, Autozone, Pep Boys, Napa or even the automotive department at Walmart. The 24F car battery is pretty common and manufactured by many companies like Energizer, Diehard, Interstate Battery, Autocraft, Duralast and Optima. This how to guide for how to change a dead battery in a Toyota Camry may also be helpful to owners of similar 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Toyota, Lexus and Scion models such as the Corolla, Solara, Avalon, Celica, Corona, Cressida, Matrix, Supra, Tercel, Paseo, Venza, MR2, Yaris, Echo, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, LS 460, IQ, TC, XB, and XD.

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