Car running fine and then won’t turn over. Wacky electric stuff like out of Close Encounters. I’ve seen that before and it means my car is getting some juice but not enough. I open up my hood and clean the corrosion off of both of the teminals
and posts but the negative is really bad.
Maybe important: I couldn’t get all of the negative corrosion off in the field. Also the terminal was so corroded that the bolt spun while trying to loosen the nut. I managed to pry the terminal of but after taking the 1/32 - 1/16" of corrosion off I could clamp it down. It seems tight but I’m not 100% sure that it has a good connection.
Try to jump it and it comes close but doesn’t quite turn over. The battery is a cheap one and pretty old so I figure I’ll get home and probably just replace it.
AAA comes out and hooks it up to their power and it starts. I drive home the 3 blocks but the funny thing is the odometer is flickering. As soon as I pull in my driveway (thank god) the car just dies. Obviously it won’t restart and everything points to a bad alternator. Obviously I will put in a new battery and test the alternator by pulling the positive terminal but is it possible that it is something else?