1989 Ford Festiva 4 cyl Manual 177777 miles
My car was running great and then one day it began hesitating. Every time I would push on the gas pedal more than half way, it would hesitate. Once in a while the check engine light would turn on for 20 seconds, and then turn off for like 5 or 10 minutes. Eventually I made it to work, but when I went to turn the car on after work, the battery was dead. I got a jump start and 5 minutes afterwards I had to turn the car off for gas. It restarted without any problems. But the hesitations continued. I got half way home and I noticed my turning signals were getting dimm and when I revved the engine, my headlights would get brighter. So I turned off my lights, and I noticed that the car ran a lot smoother. I got about 1 block away from home, and the car turned off on me. I cleaned the battery terminals realy good and I had a friend jump start me. I removed the battery cables from the battey to test if the alternator was holding the charge, and the car did not stall. I turned the car off and it restarted, no problem. But still hesitation when driving. I checked the fuses, and noticed that the fust for the cigarette lighter was blown but had a little copperwire connecting the metalconductors " jumping" the fuse. Perhaps this is the problem? However, I do not use the cigarette lighter for anything, so it shouldn't short out? I do not know what to do or what is wrong with the car. Perhaps an electrical shortage? Alternator is starting to fail or the battery is bad? Also how much would you think it would cost if I took the car to a shop and had them try to find the problem?