On Fri, 22 Jul 2005 23:14:14 +0100, Dave <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hi, all.
> I have a '91 940se turbo estate with 178k on her, which over the last 8
> years has been an absolutely wonderful car. Doesn't owe me a penny, the only
> real expense being a replacement head 18 months ago. About 6 months ago it
> started cutting out while driving, for no obvious reason. Then 3 months ago
> it would not start.
I had a similar problem with my 940GL (and apparently the prior
owner did too
. It would drive _perfectly_, then stall occasionally
in a hard, fast turn - and it wasn't the fuel pump.
Turned out the wiring to the battery terminals had corroded
completely away! Of course, it took me about 3 months of changing
batteries, components, etc. ... The clue _should_ have been that
every time the car jolted (i.e. big bump, sharp turn, etc.) the
car would cut out, then mysteriously start again after a short time.
My read is that what was left of the wire would shift, hence the
battery would disconnect and the car would think something
catastrophic had happened; eventually, the wire would slip back into
place enough to let me start the car. Once this happened enough there
wasn't enough current flowing through the broken wire to the starter,
though the interior lights would usually run for a bit - and the dinger
would start loud / high and run softer / lower if I left the door
open (think capacitor discharge).
The shielding on the wires was intact, so even when changing the battery
it felt like it was still okay; eventually I wound up pulling the
shielding back for some reason and the wire just disintegrated into
a green dust...
Anyway, I peeled it back another 6 inches or so (where it was nice
and bright) and put on a pair of screw-down terminals from AutoZone.
Not a single problem from the battery since!
Best of luck, hope it's something as simple for you.
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