12-30-2013, 10:52 PM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Harrisburg, Pa
Total Cats: 8
HELP! Car shuts off when driving!
I'm really pissed right now so I'm rage posting rather then rationally researching. I need help.
My car has been sitting for a few days and I've already been having issues with the battery but w/e it starts if I park it in the garage and always runs fine.
Last night I tided some wiring and installed my new HID kit.
I drove the car this morning(probably 2 miles total), no issues. Even ran with the headlights on to see them in reflections. The car has been parked for probably 8 hours or so in a garage so only around 45 degrees (Fahrenheit).
I go to leave it fires up. Sweet. I'm driving down the street and its really jerky. I notice if I'm not aggressively on the throttle the wideband shows full lean. "Weird maybe it will clear up when it warms up", I think. It doesn't.
I get like half a mile from my house and it shuts off. Drop the clutch, nothing. Try to crank, nothing. It's making the clicking noises like when you try to start a car with a dead battery.
I just moved some vvt wires last night and if one came loose that could explain the not firing. climb under dash, everything in order. Get under hood, no visible damage. Check battery, no shorts. Ok….maybe the HID's. Pull the fuse that powers them. No luck.
Now I'm pissed. I've called my dad and he gets there. We jump the car, starts right up. I get almost home, car dies. Jump it again, get to my driveway (less then 100yards) dies again.
Now I'm furious, the battery is less then 2 months old. Unless my alternator is bad I have no idea whats causing this. I checked the voltage on the battery and its only 12.36v. I'd take my car to get the alternator tested but I'm afraid I won't make it. I don't feel like jumping it anymore tonight to see if the voltage changes when its running.
So any suggestions other then alternator? Blown fuse? I f*cked up some wiring somewhere?