I have a 93 honda accord I aquired it around the summer/fall time of last year. It never struggled to turn on, or seemed "dead." As of late, its been real cold in NJ, so little by little I have noticed my car sturggles to turn on, and when it finally starts, the rpms will start on around 1, and then just graduately fall to zero and stall. When I start the car again it will stay on and act fine for the rest of the day. So it seems to be only the first crank of the day. A couple days ago it snowed and I needed to go outside but my car was completely dead. I was able to get a jump and again the car stuggled to start but turned on. I went to get gas, so I had to turn the car off and when I tried to turn it back on, it wouldnt. Again I needed a jump. I got one and drove home. I parked up and let it run for a little bit. Turned it off and when I tried to turn it back on. It was dead. Today I tried to jump my car because I havent been able to really look into it because I have been working, but I tried to use my wifes camry to jump it and it sounded like it was struggling to turn on, but then just went completely dead, and started making clicking noises every time id turn the key to try and jump it. Maybe because it is extremely cold outside and im only having this issue when its cold. Im really tight on money and dont want to go spend money on a battery when it turns out to be something else. I have also heard that if I do jump the car and let it run if I remove the battery connections and the car conltinues to run then its the battery if not its the alternator. I was wondering how true that is and is it okay to do to a car. If you were in my place what would you do?
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 AT 8:10 AM