I have a 2003 toyota camry xle, recently the car has died after the battery light came on. the battery read 12.5 volts and after jumping the car and removing the battery it died suggesting the alternator was bad. The alternator was tested bad and thus bought a new one and installed.
after the installation the car would shut down if idle after being jumped. it would run fine if a small amount of gas was applied. after 20 min with the car connected to the jumper cables the car would then idle fine. I even removed the battery while running to make sure the alternator was in fact working. the strange thing is that when the battery is hooked up it reads 12.5 volts idle, i was told it should be around 14 volts.
after running for around 30 min i took it out and the car ran fine then when i returned and shut the car off it would not start again. battery still read 12.5 volts.
in February of this year I had replaced the battery cables however they look fine now i plan to double check them when i get off of work.
I was wondering if there should be any other item to test/ check?
and as always thanks for your help.