Thanks for your response.
I believe the early symptom, when the car is running, is that it starts missing. When the car is turned off, he battery drains and, I found if not checked, the cells are damaged. When I last thought I had it fixed, I drove it and parked. When I got back in and turned the key I got nothing at all so I opened the hood and put my hand on the battery. It was burning hot so I disconnected the negative terminal! I had the car towed home and then checked it with an ohm meter. I haven't reconnected the cables to the battery because of the short. I have seen weird instances a while back where all the gauges went haywire while driving but it would return back to normal before I had a chance to check it out.
Monday, January 24th, 2011 AT 8:24 PM