I own a 1996 Ford Escort LX station wagon, in very good condition and well-maintained. Anyways, I headed to my car after work today, and proceeded to start the engine. For half a second, everything seemed to work normally, but then almost immediately, the automatic seat belts stopped moving and the car wouldn’t start anymore. Repeated attempts at starting the engine were unsuccessful. Great, I thought. Here comes a huge repair bill. I started to think about what the problem was, and then realized that none of the lights worked. I thought perhaps the battery had simply died, even though there was no prior indication of this, and I had a new battery put into my car in February 2003.
Anyways, I got out of my car and opened up the hood. I looked at the battery, and it seemed normal. I lifted up those little rubber coverings on the two terminals to see if anything was visibly wrong, but nothing seemed amiss. I couldn’t see anything else wrong with the motor. I climbed back into my car and then, incredibly, the car started immediately, with no problems.
So… apparently it was the battery, but what could’ve caused it to basically not function? And why did everything work again, even though all I did was lift up the rubber terminal coverings? Was it perhaps just a bit dust and grime that was in the wrong place at the wrong time? Static electricity buildup which then discharged? Cosmic interference? :eek: Do you think I should take my car to the mechanics’ to get it checked out anyways?