This is long winded, please bear with me. Over the past 4 months, the car has died out of nowhere about 6 times, always at the same place in the road, about 10 min. From home. It cranks right back up, and I can drive it around all day, even for weeks, no problem. Until it just conks out again. Three days ago it died the same way, but would not crank or start. Pulled it home and have been troubleshooting. I am a novice with cars, but am getting to know this one pretty well. I've replaced and fixed a few things already in the year and a half I've had it. So I checked the battery, it's was at 12.4 V. I just charged it to 13.2 V. I checked if I had a spark. I do, so cam and crank sensors should be fine, right? The lights dim when trying to crank, so ignition switch should be okay. The ignition coil readings are within specs. Used screwdriver to short post terminals on back of solenoid, and the starter motor spins. There is also a faint clicking noise from starter when trying to crank. I can hear the fuel pump (or injectors?) Kicking in, there is a whirring sound when I turn the key to crank, but that is the only noise I hear from inside the car. I did have an oil leak from the cam sensor seal, and the car was out of oil when it died. I put oil in it. There was also oil in the black connector under the PDC. I cleaned it, let any extra drip out, and dried it out. I checked other wires and connectors and none have oil in them. (No wires are squishy.) I did the key dance and I just got a code 12 for the battery being disconnected, which it had been. So that leaves me with the solenoid. I checked the solenoid with the mm with the positive lead in the big braided wire and the negative grounded. I only got about 5V instead of 12V. I also removed the S terminal wire from the solenoid and shorted it with a (insulated handle) screwdriver on the battery terminal (big one with a bunch of wires) and nothing happened except the starter fan spinning. It did not try to start the car. So I want to make sure before I try to find a ride to the parts store that there isn't anything I haven't thought of to check and this is most likely a bad solenoid. I also want to make sure I am doing all of these checks correctly. I know this is really long, but I want to make sure I include everything I've done. Thank you so much for your time and help. Thanks!
have the same problem?
Thursday, October 29th, 2015 AT 11:29 AM