My car problem just began about an hour ago. I should say that actually (I don’t know if this is related), the first thing I noticed was a week or two ago, I was doing a u-turn in a parking lot, and had to back up a little, and when I put my car in reverse, it stalled. That’s the first time it ever did stall while I was driving, that I can remember, but it did stall as I was shifting gears. It stalled as I accelerated in reverse immediately after driving forward. It is an automatic.
Then the problem I’m writing you about, which began a few hours ago: I was at the grocery store and the key was in the ignition for just a moment or two before I tried to start the engine, and it sputtered without starting. I tried to start it again immediately and it did start, but it seemed to start weakly, if that makes sense. I got the car home, it was driving fine, parked it in the usual spot, turned the car off, waited a moment, then turned the engine back on, and again the sound of the key turning the ignition getting the engine started seemed weaker than usual. I tried a third time, and it seemed weak again. I am embarrassed to say I haven’t been keeping my car up with regular maintenance, and I don’t know enough about cars to have an idea of what might be the cause. I don’t know a good mechanic in my area. I suppose I’ll try to take it to a mechanic in the next day or two, but want to have some idea what it might be so someone cunning doesn’t profit from my naiveté. I think the last time I had the battery changed was 5 years ago. Also, there is corrosion on the battery.
Now the car is not starting. I’m going to have to call AAA tomorrow. Is it likely the battery (there is corrosion on the battery terminals)? Is there something else it might be?