Just last night, on the way to a friends, car started smoking from under hood, headlights went out (parking lights and dash lights still worked) , and there was a weird smell present. As of this morning, car will not start up at all. For the last few days, car has sounded weak at start up and a few times, we thought it wouldn’t start at all.
We just got our old battery replaced but it was with another used battery from a local shop(lucky there is a warranty). Since getting this battery, have had to jump our car three times in the last month, though never from a completely dead state.
Does the issue of no headlights, smoke, and the smell sound like it’s related to the battery being bad or is this problem a result of something else, like an electrical problem or (god forbid) the alternator?
Our car is a '93 Volvo 240 sedan
Hope someone may be able to shed some light on the problem, ty