Keep your 2007 Camry on the road with a new alternator. When this component fails, your battery won’t be able to properly recharge as you drive. Find out what you need to know to purchase, replace and dispose of this critical component today.
Signs It’s Time To Change Your Alternator
Is it time for a new 2007 Toyota Camry alternator? This critical item is connected to your engine by a belt and recharges your battery as you drive. Your Toyota Camry has a lead-acid battery that powers your electrical systems and starter. After starting your engine, the battery is then recharged by the engine-powered alternator.
Most alternators last around 150,000 miles or seven years. Depending on the age of your system and how it’s been maintained, it may be time for a replacement. Here are some common signs that you need to replace your alternator:
- Squealing from your engine compartment
- Burning smell
- Fading or dim lights
- Failing starter
Take your vehicle, or your uninstalled alternator, to a reliable auto parts store in your area for free testing. This will determine whether it can hold a charge and if it needs to be replaced.
How To Replace Your Alternator
A failed alternator needs to be replaced to keep your Camry driving safely. If you have intermediate DIY skills and a few hours, then you can replace yours. Be sure to order a reliable unit that fits your 2007 Toyota Camry.
In addition to an alternator, you’ll typically need a new belt, a belt tensioner tool, basic hand tools and safety gear. Some vehicles also require a memory saver to prevent loss of electronic information as you disconnect the battery.
Start by disconnecting the negative cable of your battery, without touching the positive cable or terminal. Inspect the belt for signs of wear and carefully loosen it before removing the alternator.
Remove the wiring harness and other connectors from your alternator, taking care to label them to ensure proper installation. Locate the bolts connecting the alternator and carefully remove the component. Set it to the side, as you may be able to receive a deposit by returning it to an auto parts location.
Align the new unit to be sure it fits properly. Tighten the bolts in place before connecting wire harnesses and the belt. You’ll need to use the belt tensioner tool to be sure it’s secure.
Test your work by starting your engine. Check for signs of wear and be sure the belt isn’t rubbing or loose before you drive.
How To Dispose of Your Old Alternator
These units can be recycled, so take your old Toyota Camry alternator to an auto parts store for free recycling. In some cases, you may be able to receive a core charge back from your auto parts store.
Where To Purchase a New Alternator
Shop at a reliable auto parts store location near your or shop online to find the exact components you need. Be sure your alternator and belt are designed for your 2007 Toyota Camry for a safe and efficient DIY project. Restore your vehicle and keep on moving forward with a fully restored alternator.