I have a 2012 Toyota Matrix. It is very similar to Corolla.
The car struggles to start, and my first guess is to simply replace the battery.
However, when the car starts (means car alternator supplies electricity) most of the electrical components struggle to work. Here are a few examples:
- Electronic Power System is not working. The steering wheel is stiff and hard to turn
- Lights are dimmed
- The Battery light indicator in the dashboard is on
- The car stereo does not turn on.
I checked the belts when the engine is running, and the belt seems to be fine. Not sure if there is more than one belt on this car?
My understanding is that the car alternator must be able to properly supply electricity to all components even if there is a problem with the battery. Am I correct? That means a weak battery does not impact the functionality of car electrical components once the car starts and running. My concern is that something else (like alternator) is not working that causes the battery to drain. My guess is that the car could be running by the battery power right now.
Does above assessment makes sense and I should look for electrical problems somewhere other than the battery?