Greetings all - this is my first post! What a great site!
Instead of starting a new thread, I thought I'd tack this on to this old one under the "Jalpa Alternator" header...because I am thinking that I may have a problem with my alternator...but I don't know...I only have three known issues with the car, but they are annoying and I need to get them solved...
I am not sure if I have enough information about my problems to get any solid advice, but here goes:
1) my car/battery seems to be _completely_dead unless I jump start it. When I jump it, it fires right up and drives perfectly until I shut it down, at which point it goes completely cold again (no lights, nothing). The battery is a new Optima.
2) In a (possibly related) challenge, I am unable to get any response from my headlights when driving - occasionally they flap up and down - but lately they havent responded at all.
3) And, once last summer, all of the lights (headlights and dash lights) blinked off when I hit a small bump. This made me think that there is a loose wire or something somewhere.
Are these issues related? Any chance there is a single fix for all of them?
Thanks in advance for any ideas anyone has!!