Car shuts off while driving

  • 1988 DODGE COLT
  • 1.5L
  • 5 CYL
  • 116,291 MILES
I just got this car I knew when buying it I have to fix it up a bit. The problems I know it to have is a bad muffler/exhaust that is always easy to fix, battery, brakes. I am sure it can use a tune up. Now I do not know if any of those things can cause the car to shut off. I am going to go into details of what happen. I got the car around 3:00 yesterday when I got it the car started right up and went into gear and drove other than the muffler/exhaust it was running fine. I had trouble getting the hood up but when I did I had to put oil in it but all other fluids was good. I continued to drive around for a few hours. I was on my way home around 1:30 am when I got off my exit home I realized my heads lights were not on but was before the would not turn back on but the high beams did for a minute then they turned off. After that the car had shut off, but I started again then shut of again. It would start with no problem every-time it shut off but my lights did not come back on. I made it home and left. I went out this morning to see if it will crank it did but my horn is beeping and will not stop. The horn sounds as soon as I turn the key but the horn did not work yesterday. What can be causing the car to do this is it electrical or a sensor? How can I get the horn to shut off? I do not want to drive while horn is blowing.
Saturday, July 22nd, 2017 AT 11:49 AM

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Horn blowing like that suggests it has an alarm system on it. Could be part of the reason for no lights if it was connected to blow the horn and flash the lights. Hard to say. I do not see a factory alarm for it but an aftermarket unit could have been installed. If it is the same year as the car I would suspect corroded/broken wires.

I would start by searching that out. If it has one, remove it and repair any damaged wiring, then go from there.
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Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 AT 6:23 PM

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