I have a mystery that I’m hoping you guys can help me solve.
I headed out early this morning to help my sister out. I jumped in my car, started her up, and drove the 10 miles or so to meet up with her on the other side of town. And hour and a half later, I jumped back in my car and tried to turn her over…and nothing happened. I got the normal lights on the dash but no sounds at all - not even the usual “click”.
I tried a couple more times before I went back inside and retrieved my brother-in-law, who is a retired truck mechanic, and asked him to take a look at it. He found nothing wrong and even he couldn’t get it to start up.
I finally relented and called AAA to tow me to my fav mechanic. Before the dispatcher sent someone out, she offered to run through some troubleshooting stuff with me. She tells me, “Jump in, make sure the car is in park and your foot is on the brake, and give it one more try.” And guess what? YES! THE CAR STARTED! It wasn’t the normal start - it was silent for about three seconds before it finally roared to life - but at least it started.
So, I rush to my mechanic’s place and ask them to give it a check over and make sure everything is okay. (I’m heading up to the high desert tomorrow and don’t want to get stuck out there.) They came back a couple hours later saying everything looked fine - the battery, starter, and alternator were all fine. The advised me to keep an eye on it and come back when it “finally dies”.
So, my question to you is what could cause this sporadic pickiness? It’s never done this before and being a responsible single mom of 2 who lives and travels in some of the more “interesting” parts of Southern California, I really don’t want the darn thing to decide not to start and get me stuck somewhere unsafe.
In the past year, I’ve replaced the fuel pump, battery, tie rods, and a boot. The alternator was replaced about 5 years ago and I’ve never had the starter worked on.
Any suggestions? Or do I just have a “ghost” in the wiring?