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Postby powderfinger » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:22 pm

can I admit that I don't particularly miss driving manual
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Postby powderfinger » Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:27 pm

wow that just had to be at the top of the page
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Postby grammatron » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:15 pm

So for a while now, every now and then when I'd go to crank my car it would act like the battery was dead. Just a click and nothing. I'd pop the hood, kinda mess with the battery cable a little, and then it would crank fine. This would happen like once every coupl'a months. Well over the last 2 weeks it's increased in frequency so that now it's basically every time, and sometimes I'll adjust the cable and it still won't crank, and then I'll adjust it again (or again) and then it will finally crank. Then yesterday the check engine light came on. This morning it wouldn't crank, and when I popped the hood the top of the battery looked like it had been wet. There wasn't standing liquid on it, but you could see an outline where liquid was, and when I adjusted the cable it gave me that kind of crackly sparky thing.

So, what do you guys think is going on here? Is it possible that it's just because the terminal cable is loose? I cleaned and tightened it as best I could the other day, but I didn't have the right size wrench so you know.

I'm gonna call a mechanic, but the problem is since my kids are home from summer I can't afford to be without my car for a day or more because they've got all kinds of shit I have to drive them too. And then in addition, I'm leaving on Saturday to go on vacation for 2 weeks. Pain in my ass.
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Postby dvr » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:27 pm

are the terminals fuzzy/scuzzy? if so get a baking soda/water mix and scrub them. i don't know about the wet look though, also i've never heard of a check engine light for faulty batter terminals. so, i dunno!

edit-also, if it's a stick shift try letting it roll in neutral for a foot (forwards or backwards), put the brake on, then see if it will turnover
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Postby grammatron » Thu Jul 12, 2018 12:30 pm

The terminals def have so crud around them, but not a ridiculous amount. I'm gonna try cleaning them again and see if I can't get the dang screw tightened all the way.
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Postby grammatron » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:20 pm

Cleaned and tightened. Car cranked right up (which is a good sign, but doesn't necessarily mean the problem is fixed), and the check engine light is no longer on. Fingers crossed.
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Postby kit fox » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:27 pm

check the terminal on the starter too if you can. thats probably corroded as well. make sure you disconnect the battery before you do that though or youll get a surprising jolt
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Postby kit fox » Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:28 pm

a mechanic should be able to replace the starter wire terminal pretty quickly
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Postby mcwop23 » Thu Jul 12, 2018 2:21 pm

pour soda on the terminals
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Postby pana » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:13 pm



Jimny. now with baby g-wagen looks
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Postby Shalabi » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:15 pm

Cute
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Postby pana » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:22 pm

and capable

not that i'm really into that. and if i ever do get into it i'd want something big enough to sleep in
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Postby grammatron » Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:47 pm

Since cleaning and tightening the terminal, I haven't had any more problems. Check engine light did come back on though. Unrelated, I reckon.
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Postby mcwop23 » Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:55 am

check engine light is probably a problem with your bofa
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Postby powderfinger » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:09 am

Driving a Jimny around Iceland was so fun. Those things rule, even if it takes like 15 seconds to get up to 55mph.
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