My Damn Car… Again!

September 19, 2009

Once again, I’m having car troubles. This time it seems to be something electrical. Here’s what happened:

I went grocery shopping. First to Trader Joes for some wine, then to Hows for our usual groceries. After getting back to the car, I went to start it up and nothing. Everything shuts down. The lights on the dash lit dimly, but that’s it. No engine turning over, nothing. If I open/close the door after a moment, the car seems to reset and dome light comes back on and I can put the car in accessories mode and the radio works, etc. I can even put the ignition into the “On” position and I can power the windows and stuff, however, if I try to start it, everything shuts down again until I “reset” it. Sometimes I can hear the solenoid click, but only after the car has reset. I checked and all the fuses appear to be intact. Also, jump-starting did no good either.

My guesses are: 1) it’s a problem with the solenoid, 2) it’s a problem with the starter, 3) it’s a problem with the ignition, 4) there’s a broken “fusible link” somewhere, 5) broken relay, and/or 6) there’s a short somewhere else. #4 has happened with this car before, as has #3, albeit the symptoms were different (the cylinder for the key was physically broken in that case), #2 happened with my first car (Taurus), and the others are all likely because my car has always a weak electrical system.

Any mechanics out there? =(