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What battery is OEM in Toyotas? #5315774 01/07/20 12:16 PM
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Been noticing a little bit of slow cranking in the 4Runner when it's really cold out; thinking if it's the original battery that it may be going after five years.

Currently there is a Panasonic unit in there, distributed by Toyota motor (with several distribution centers listed worldwide) so I am thinking that it is the original battery from 2015.

I'll be getting it tested later today, but wanted to get some input from knowledgeable members about the usual OEM battery.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315782 01/07/20 12:30 PM
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Maybe it's just cold out...

No seriously, couple years ago I thought the same in my Tundra. It's still using the same battery though, 10 years old now and never been touched. I fully discharged it (below 10V, I think 9V) a couple years ago, thought it was a goner--but it's been 3 years of regular operation since.

I'm sure that it'd just take one minor thing and I'd find that it has all of 5 minutes reserve capacity--but just as a counterpoint, maybe it's not kaput, just showing a bit of age.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315805 01/07/20 12:57 PM
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My Corolla battery lasted 11 years but my Venza battery is only 5 and it seems weak at times...depends i guess.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315817 01/07/20 01:14 PM
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You could put a desulfator on it and get another couple of years out of it.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315838 01/07/20 01:44 PM
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4Runners have all been made in Japan, and they do come with a Panasonic battery.

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Yep panasonic is original.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315870 01/07/20 02:16 PM
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I'm surprised the Panasonic battery only lasted 4-5 years, the one in my ECHO went almost 12 before needing replacement. I couldn't find a US distributor for those batteries or I would have bought another one.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315937 01/07/20 03:34 PM
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unfortunately cars these days use much more electronics and saving presets along with running the alarm system so batteries don't last as long. My lexus isf also had Panasonic but didn't last much more then 4 years as I did get a free replacement under warranty, but the oem Toyota didn't come close to holding up that long either I think only 2-3 years. I do live in cold climate I think Toyota batteries are made by jonston controls and you can buy these from Costco with great return policy. But I did ponder using the agm bosh battery as these will have longer life and the guys on forums had great experience with them. Best price was from pepboys when there is a sale running but we don't have pepboys in Canada and these batteries are double the price here like everything else

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Originally Posted by Beasty18c5
unfortunately cars these days use much more electronics and saving presets along with running the alarm system so batteries don't last as long. My lexus isf also had Panasonic but didn't last much more then 4 years as I did get a free replacement under warranty, but the oem Toyota didn't come close to holding up that long either I think only 2-3 years. I do live in cold climate I think Toyota batteries are made by jonston controls and you can buy these from Costco with great return policy. But I did ponder using the agm bosh battery as these will have longer life and the guys on forums had great experience with them. Best price was from pepboys when there is a sale running but we don't have pepboys in Canada and these batteries are double the price here like everything else




This is spot on. Depending on the trim level of the 4Runner in question the loads on batteries have greatly increased.


To clarify, Toyota’s assembled in Japan will get a Panasonic battery. Those assembled in the US may have a different vendor.


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315979 01/07/20 04:30 PM
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My mother's 2000 Camry (assembled in Kentucky) came with a Johnson Controls battery. My Prius came with a Yuasa AGM 12-volt (besides the big battery).


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Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: JLTD] #5315984 01/07/20 04:41 PM
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My 11 Tundra still has the original battery.
I am not overly concerned.


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Japanese cars will come with a Panasonic, Prii will use GS Yuasa.

Re: What battery is OEM in Toyotas? [Re: kschachn] #5316007 01/07/20 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by kschachn
I'm surprised the Panasonic battery only lasted 4-5 years, the one in my ECHO went almost 12 before needing replacement. I couldn't find a US distributor for those batteries or I would have bought another one.

Pssshh. I have had two OE pansonics fail at exactly 3 years.

I just wish other manufacturers made clear or see through cases to see the water levels easier.


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My 2017 Tundras battery lasted about 25 months and poof dead with ZERO warning.A very common issue with Tundras it seems.


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Our dad's 2006 Tundra's OEM battery died last summer. So, around 13 years it lasted. I think it was a Panasonic battery.

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