I always, I mean always wear a seatbelt, no matter how short a distance I am driving. My 1999, well maintained Honda Accord did the following things in the this order today.
Started, but died twice before keeping the start
ABS light came on and stayed on until I turned the car off and started it again
Temperature gauge dropped to C dramatically, while I was parked
Made a loud noise that sounded like lots of things clunking around in my trunk
After stopping the car, waiting about 20 minutes and starting the car,
the ABS light did not come on again
the temp gauge acted normally
the car took three tries to start, on the third and final, I “gunned” the engine
the trunk noise started and lasted about 5 minutes
The travels of my car today. I live on the foothills of the Wasatch mountains in Salt Lake. The temperature was about 20 degrees or below. I didn’t start my car until 1:00pm. The sun was out and the car started normally. I descended, all of 5 minutes, stopped and turned off the car and picked up a friend. Drove about 20 minutes on the freeway, made one stop with the car running. Stopped and had lunch, the car was off for a good 45 minutes. After lunch, it started and behaved normally. I dropped off my friend, went inside and visited for about 15 minutes, returned to my car, which again started and functioned normally. I needed to stop at the post office, directly across the street from my friend’s home. I did not put on my seatbelt (I never do that, ever. I have been very sick all week and will blame my brain function or lack thereof on the illness), put the car in reverse, pulled out, did a u-turn and pulled into the post office parking lot. I turned the car off and was inside for about 10 minutes. When I came back out to my car, the items listed above all happened.
I think my car may have been sending me a strong message to never leave my seatbelt off again.
Of course, it may also be related to the crack in the top of my radiator that has not caused me any trouble since my mechanic noticed it 3 months ago. My mechanic and I were discussing whether I should repair it right away, given the $400 it is going to cost. A couple of other notes, I rarely drive on the freeway, I commute a short distance to work and take city streets. The temperatures have been below freezing for about 2 weeks now.
Any insight is welcome!
My car will be at the mechanic on Monday and I will be replacing the radiator.