Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 AT 8:56 PM
I bought the car in October and then lost my job so I wasn't able to do the initial maintenance (oil change, tune up, etc) that I'd normally do. It ran perfect for a while then it started to accelerate by itself. When driving it gets "bursts of energy", and when idle it tends to want to pull off by itself (jerking) or seems to want to cut off. If I take my foot off the gas it gets up to 15mph by itself. Now it is cranking at random times. I went to the store and it cranked just fine, but when I came out it wouldn't start. After about 20 min it curnk and drove fine. Then today it wasn't driven all day and when I tried to crank it wouldn't start. It dings when the door is open and the dashboard lights come on when I turn the switch, so I don't think its the battery, but isn't saying anything (silence). Then after about 30 min I tried it again and it crunk just fine. Is the starter or alternator going bad or could there be another cause for the problems I'm having. Please HELP!