Good question. This was years ago and I'm only asking because someone wants to drive it to LA. We have another car we take on road trips now, this car has been used for local driving only in recent years. Forgive me if my memory is fuzzy.
My recollection is that the electrical works, but the car will not crank. It's as if something decided it was too hot for the car to run, so IT prevented the car from turning over until IT decided it was cool enough. I don't think this car has dash warning lights. If it does they never went off from this.
Of course we don't run anything in the car until after it will start again, don't want to run down the battery. We also don't run the A/C when we're driving in such hot weather. While we're sitting there not moving my husband got out and looked at the engine. It did not show any signs of overheating (such as steam or fluid spurting from the radiator). We maintain the car well, and check everything and change oil and fluids before going on such a long trip, so anything that would be prevented by normal maintenance would not be the cause.
I'm not sure of the exact temperature outside, this car doesn't have a thermometer for that like the new ones do. However, out new car would show 100 to 120 F in this type of weather. The air and road are so hot that if it rains the drops evaporate as they hit the road, or perhaps before. Maybe the hot asphalt is a factor in the car shutting off? Nobody else was stuck on the side of the road, other cars were going on their way.
Thursday, July 30th, 2009 AT 9:14 AM