Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: 1313 Mockingbird Lane
Intermittent Loss of ALL Power?
Today, while driving on the interstate, out of the blue the car died. And when I say died, I mean 100% dead. Not only did the engine quit but there was absolutely no electrical power - no lights, instrument panel lighting, turn signals, radio, nothing. It was as if someone disconnected the battery. I coasted to the shoulder, tried the key a few times (nothing at all - stone dead) and popped the hood to see what I could see, which was nothing. I wiggled a few connections (battery cables, ground connections, alternator plug, whatever random connectors I could reach) but nothing seemed loose or out of place. After a few minutes, whatever was wrong magically fixed itself. The lights came back on, dash lit up and I was able to restart the car. This happened twice more on the ride home. It's like that scene in Airplane where the runway lights go out and the guy says, "Oops. Just kidding." So there's obviously a loose connection or intermittent short of some kind. What should I be looking at? Where could I have a bad connection that would kill the electrical for the entire car?
Three things that may be relevant: First, a few weeks ago, I noticed that the large ground cable from the battery is chafed (I have Gary's battery cables installed). It's not chafed all the way through, plus I wrapped it in electrical tape and put a section of wring loom over it. I don't think it could be that but maybe? Second, and I think not coincidentally, over the last week my ABS light has illuminated for a minute or two several times while I was driving, and there were maybe three or four times when all of the dash lights (ABS, high temp, oil pressure, etc.) lit up at once, also while driving. The car didn't die, though. It didn't even seem to stumble. Third, a few times over the last week or so, including today, I have noticed that the dash lights seem to get dimmer and brighter as the RPM vary (brighter at higher RPM).
So, any suggestions as to where to look? Thanks.
Nodding Tiger Mod