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'85 5KT: Chew on this problem, folks!
Got back from a six-week vacation in India last week, and was pleasantly
surprised that the old 5KT started up second crank ...
Fast forwarding to this afternoon. I'm heading back from work, *slow*
traffic, somewhat warm weather, A/C on intermittently, ditto the radio.
Half-way into the 21 mile ride, battery warning light starts to glow,
and then the auto-check display also brings up a nice little battery
picture. Fuel and temperature gauges start dropping, engine seems to
be OK, but I know (bright boy that I am) that all is not well.
"Alternator, voltage regulator or drive-belt," I think to myself
and hope I can make it home. What was I thinking?! About 4 miles from
home, engine quits and I manage to coast into the shoulder.
All electricals are *completely* dead: no lights, not even the temperature
display on the climate control. Cursory glance at the belt reveals
nothing, and I go and call for the AAA tow-truck.
And now the mystery starts. Settling down in the car to wait for the
truck, I try the ignition just for the heck of it. Car starts right up,
as if nothing had happened! No weak battery, no nothing !
Any clue, folks? I've never had lead-acid batteries resurrect themselves,
so this must be advanced German engineering in action.
Baffled so far but thinking hard,
'85 5KT, 108K miles
1001 W. Cutting Blvd.
Pt. Richmond, CA 94804