04-21-2014, 09:19 AM
Join Date: May 2005
Total Cats: 41
1.8 NA - no power/start without jump
Full disclosure: this issues screams "dead battery" and I am probably in denial having just bought ($$$$) an Optima yellow top in December.
- Older Westco battery finally ate it after the "polar vortex" kept the local whether in a deep freeze for a few weeks in December.
-Bought an Optima Yellow top
-Car ran great, started without drama even when sitting for a 4 weeks in subzero temps.
-Stored the car toward the end of January after buying a Lesbaru (like a proper MT.netter).
-Car sat in a 10 degree garage for 4-5 weeks. Started the car in early March without drama. Battery didn't struggle, turned the started without issue.
-Car sat for another 5-6 weeks.
-Went to start the car Saturday. D-E-A-D. No power at all, no lights or slow crank. Nuthin'.
-Jumped the car, went for a 20 minute drive.
-Went to start the car after installing the new softtop. D-E-A-D. no power, no sad wimpy crank ... zero power.
-Jumped the car again on Sunday, went for an hour drive. Parked it in the garage.
-This morning? D-E-A-D. No power whatsoever.
Any thoughts? I was going to take the battery to NAPA and have them do a load test; however, I really don't think it's the battery (or want it to be). The car jumps and runs fine so it can't see it being a fuse or alternator issue.