I'm having issues with my car. I'm gonna vent for a few... let me know if you can answer any of my questions.
Car: 1997 Toyota Camry LE V6
Battery: Kinetik HC 1400 (might be 1800 i can't remember), purchased October 2006
Alternator: Iraggi alternator, not sure which model anymore, purchased March 2006 (WITH lifetime warranty)
Big 3 in 0awg, proper grounds and distro blocks, secure connections.
I know a lot of what I've done is bad, please don't give me crap about it, just say what I should do.
In March 2006 I installed the alternator myself and did the big 3. At the time I installed it with a YellowTop as my battery. Ran fine and well for a while, probably let the battery die once or twice, then the yellow top was done, so I bought the Kinetik in October 2006.
Installed the Kinetik and starting a few month later I started seeing my lights dim when I listened loud, barely noticeable. Seemingly, it's gotten progressively worse, and in the past few months even at medium to low volume I can see the lights in my dashboard dim when my turn signal is on. Also, recently a couple times when listening loud, one of my amps would cut out completely (low voltage protection, I presume).
The Kinetic battery has been dead (at my fault) probably 5 or 6 times in the last couple years, with 3 of those being in the last couple months.
At any rate, I take the car to an auto store and have them check battery voltage. Their machine said 11.5 volts idle, 12.3 or something like that at 2krpm.
I took it home and measured with my volt meter, I got 12.4 idle and 12.6 at 2krpm.
Also, my stock alternator is lost (disappeared somehow while cleaning out the garage).
Again, I know this is bad and my fault, but what to do?
Is the alt finished?
Is the battery finished?
P.S. (and possibly related): At some point tonight my security system started not responding to the fob, any ideas? (Viper 791XV)