Hi Car Guys,
This sweet ride is an Acura Integra 1998 with 399,000 of the best miles all mine. You don’t get that far without some effort and the car is well maintained. I know my service writer and my mechanics name at the dealership. I tell my friends we’re on the way back from the moon.
So the problem is it is losing battery power every morning. The alternator was replaced about 2 years ago, not from loss of power but noting indicator light on dash while driving.
Mid-summer the car doesn’t start two days in a row, jumped and taken in to dealership, they find nothing.
I observe very faint battery power on dash the first morning but hear no clicking. After the first jump I drive the car for 40 minutes. Note: I was also charging the cell phone. I think, well I left something on and drained the battery. I proceed with the day’s events.
After driving 30 miles with several stops and starts while taking my 90 year old Mum out to lunch. On the way home I realize the cell phone isn’t charging and the AC is a faint whisper on high. So while idling in the mall parking lot waiting to get the cell phone sorted there is a great whirring sound and smoke! Smoke!
The great thing about waiting for tow trucks is you have time to call and text people for advice and think the thing through. Was the AC on? With the hood open I restarted the car. After 3 minutes more smoke and whirring. The smoke is coming from the driver’s side were the belts are located. Turned car off.
More time to wait. 30 minutes go by and start the engine again. This time no smoke and I idle the car for a good 40 minutes with AC off. Stop the engine. I trying driving the car around the mall, all is good. I stop the engine. I cancel the tow truck. (Don’t blame them the Chinese Pres. was in town.) I will try driving home about 5-6 miles, all is good. I keep going and gas up the car. It starts up again. I make it home. I plan to take into the dealership the next day.
As a proactive measure I got up at 3:00am to check the battery and the car started fine and the dash board was lite up. I Idled for about 3- 5minutes. But at 8am the car doesn’t start and the dash board is completely dark. Call for another jump start but now the car will not start with a jump.
Car was towed 10 miles to not my regular dealership. Note: tow truck pulled up with smoke coming from one set of tires. I point this out to the driver and his response ‘it’s an old truck’ and shrugs his shoulders. We finish up our discussion while the tires continue to smoke. He walks casually back to the truck, finds the extinguisher and put out the fire. Maybe I am over reacting to smoke.
At the dealership they diagnosis starter motor and replace it. Interesting the Acura part will take a day to arrive and cost $1400 an after market is available today and will cost $700. I go with the aftermarket.
The car runs fine, with several stops and starts, no AC running
As you have already guessed the car doesn’t start this morning. The dash is completely dark, no alarm light, no clicking.
Is there a direction I should check out? As I type this my thinking is perhaps a wire is loose or broken. It might explain it starts, it doesn’t start. What are your thoughts on the matter? Thank you for considering this problem.