PROBLEMS STARTING MY CAR...
ok, the past week or so i noticed my car having difficulties with a slightly slow start. then i was sick for a few days but when i went to the store last night the car engine BARELY turned over until i was at another store. all i got was the *click-click-click*. so, i was "stuck like chuck" and had to walk a few blocks home.
well, this morning i walked to my car, carried the battery to a nearby autozone and they said the battery was discharged. i opted to get a new duralast battery and when i got it installed the car did nothing: no lights, no clock, NOTHING. luckily i was able to jumpstart my car and it seemed ok for a few minutes but then on the way home the radio cut on and off and RIGHT when i pull into my carport the car died completely. no turning over. nothing. no check engine light or radio or ANYTHING. again.
i don't have a volt meter and even if i did i don't know how to use one. something like this happened to my old car and i thought it was the alternator. so, after a day of planning on buying a new alternator i discovered the battery just need a "break in period" because the day of waiting allowed my car to start fine. actually don't know what happened but it worked fine after that waiting period. *sigh* lost and confused... in other words: HELP!!!!
UPDATE: well, i got the car jumpstarted again but i noticed a whirring sound when the radio is on. and, even though i kept the engine running i noticed the gauges dim a bit when i pressed the accelerator. once i turned the headlights on the car died. now nothing electrical works at all (no dome light, no gauges, etc...) fawk! does that sound like the alternator to anyone? i'm at a loss. why is everything dead now and only a jumpstart gets all the status lights to go on and starts the car????