Dying Battery or Something Else?
I've had my car out the last two weekends, and the problem I'm having is that it seems to pick and choose when it wants to start.
Last weekend, it had been sitting for about two weeks, and I went to start it, and it just clicked. Pulled my other car up, jumped it off, and it ran perfectly. Went to a friend's house, shut off for a few hours, started right back up and came home. Thought that I better start looking for a new battery.
This weekend, started right up cold after sitting for a week, choke operated perfectly. Ran a few errands, stopped and started a few places, no issues. Made one last stop at the gas station, and suddenly nothing when I turned the key. No clicking, nothing. Had a guy at the station jump me off, started right up with no issues. Drove home. Kept it off for a few hours, went outside and it started right up again.
I tested the battery and alternator, and both seem to be fine. Starter is also kicking over with no issue when it starts. No loose wires or grounds that I can see. Is this simply the battery dying and giving me sporadic issues or is there something else to it? The battery is dated 9/12, and its an Autocraft Gold with 3 year warranty. Seems like it wouldn't cost me anything to swap it out, but thinking that Advanced Auto will test it, see the 12 volts and say its OK, but if I'm not mistaken, a battery can have a 12 volt charge, and still not have enough for a crank. The other thing is that every time I get jump started, it starts up fine and continues to run.
67 Black RS Coupe, 383, M21 & 10 Bolt Posi. Edelbrock E-Tech 170 Heads, 2204 Roller Cam, Air Gap Intake.
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