I got a nice old Toyota. Let’s say its a 88 Corolla, with about 215K on it. It was running well until the other day. The car was sitting outside during a rainstorm and when I hopped in, it wouldn’t start. I’d love to hear what you guys suggest looking at based on the following clues, which are listed in the order they were observed:
- Key in ignition doesn’t create any noise or try to turn over
- Battery is jumpable
- Car engine stopped after being jumped. Actually, after I put my foot on the brake pedal.
- Battery ceases to be jumpable.
- If I wait a half an hour, battery makes indications that it is operable - ie engine lite works, or buzzing noise is made when door is ajar.
- There is still no turn over noise.
- Battery is not jumpable.
- Maybe some smoke came out of the battery while I was trying to jump it.
In the past few weeks of driving I have rarely parked out doors in rainy conditions, although I drove plenty in the rain. (I am in the Pac NW).
I’d be happy to hear hints on the main source of the problem and what to look into. I am told the battery is new and the alternator was likely replaced recently, but there is no receipts for me to validate that.