I've got an urgent need to keep my Civic running (starting, actually - it runs great) for literally just a few more days until our new car arrives and I can take over the wifemobile for my daily commute.
The Civic, a 1989 with 221k miles, has what was a quirk but has become a real problem. When it's cool and wet, sometimes I'll get in, turn the key, and *click* everything goes dead, clock resets, radio loses presets, etc. Well, I discovered that tapping the positive battery cable terminal, I could restore electrical power and it would then start just fine. The last couple of days, though, it's taken a lot of tries to get it to hold the connection. Today, I had to brake hard (stupid deer), and that was enough to cut electrical power.
A few years ago, I had a lot of corrosion on that battery terminal. I've since replaced that battery and put on a new cable terminal, but the wire itself looks pretty corroded, and I wonder if there's something in there that can handle the current required to run the car but not the starter draw.
Anyone got any ideas? Whatever it is, I've got to be able to do it with my limited automotive ability, this weekend, assuming I can make it home in the beast tonight.
Our newmobile is literally on a truck on it's way to the dealer. Cuttin' it close, eh? And, no, I can't ride my bike to work, much as I'd like to - it's 30 miles each way, and I ain't got an extra four hours a day to spend travelling! And, being Michigan in March, I'm fat and out of shape!
Thanks in advance,