6 years ago
So your lights, radio, etc all worked, but your car wouldn't start? What would happen when you tried to start it? Would it click? Would the engine turn at all? Would it start briefly and die? Would it just not do anything? From the sounds of it, I'm not convinced it's your battery. It sounds like it could be an issue with the cold weather - maybe a bad sensor or your carburetor. Try to describe what noises it would make when you tried to start it. While i suppose it could be your battery, the fact that everything else worked in the car has me a bit skeptical (although it certainly still could be your battery). If it made a "clicking" sound or didn't do anything at all, then it most likely was your battery or starter. But if the engine was turning and not catching or starting and stalling right after, it could be something else. ADD ON - Okay, unfortunately it's tough to narrow it down without looking at it directly. With the information about your car, it could still be a few things. Because you don't drive the car much, and you already have replaced the battery 2 years ago, it could very well be your battery. Often times a weak battery will turn an engine very slowly as you described, and the cold weather puts extra drain on the batter (like Patrick described in his very detailed answer). However, it could still be an internal problem as well (ie low oil or old oil). Whens the last time you had your oil changed? Because you don't drive much, a lot of people in your situation can ruin their engine by not having oil changes enough - even if you don't hit the 3 or 5,000 mark, you should still have your oil changed at least 2 times a year. If your oil is old, it looses viscosity, which makes your engine run rough and can ruin it. The cold temperatures also effect the viscosity, especially if you don't allow the car to warm up. First things first, I'd check the oil on the car - make sure that there is enough in there. If you haven't gotten it changed recently (within 4 months), and you can get it started, I'd take it to get the oil changed immediately. While you have the hood open, also take a look at the battery - if there is corrosion on it, that could be what is limiting the juice from getting to your car. You can clean that off with some coke or a wrench. After that, try running the car for 30 or so minutes, reving the engine occasionally (by pushing the gas pedal down 1/4-1/2 of the way) as it sits. This should allow the alternator to recharge the battery. If the oil has been changed recently, simply get the car running, and allow the alternator to recharge the battery. I'd imagine that one of those would be the culprit. The battery may be shot, so you may still need to replace that. Similarly, it could also be the alternator, but I'd imagine the battery is more likely in your scenario. In the future, keep your oil fresh (2-3 times a year at least), and try warming up your car a bit before heading into work. Hope this helps!
13 years ago
That sounds so nice.
That ranks right up there with the sound of loons, swooning on the river, as they find mates to make sweet love to, under a full moon, on by the lake, at sunset, as the soft scent of daffodils and ambrosia flowers waft in the evening breeze.