In June 2019, I was with my wife in downtown New Bern, North Carolina. I was parked on the street, facing the sun, in my 2011 CRV. I turned the key but my starter never engaged. My idiot lights came on but faded as I held the key. All power was lost as my radio now require a security code to activate. I was lucky and found a construction guy with jumper cables and a vehicle. We jump started the CRV. It cranked over one time and came to life. (historically, it starts very easily) I chalked it up to me possibly leaving the lights on. Once I got home I checked, cleaned, and tighten the battery terminals. I watched Eric the Car Guy’s videos to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. I also went to two different Autozones and had them test the battery and charging system with both passing.
For the next several months, I drove each day and the car started without fail. So this reinforced my previous assumption downtown, me leaving the lights on.
At the beginning of October, the CRV sat for four days but started right up for Sunday church services, after services, the car wouldn’t start. It was the same experience as I had in downtown New Bern. But this time I was carrying a spare battery and jumper cables. It started right away when jumped. After arriving home, I used a multimeter across the battery terminals. At first it read 12.34 volts. When I got the starter to fail after seven tries, it was at 8.05 volts yet my radio lost all power and required the security code. (see attached photos : mutimeter visible at top of picture)
2011 CRV no start 1 – ignition at on position 2011 CRV no start 2 – trying to start car
This failure to start happens maybe every couple of weeks but always starts when jumped.
Now the weird stuff. On occasion, I will shuttle my wife around to different stores, I don’t go in but sit in the car. I turn the motor off. After twenty minutes or so I turned the key to the on position to power the radio. I never tried to start the car. I had the radio on. As I went to change the station, the radio screen went blank. I lost all power. I tried to start the car but nothing. I pulled out the jumper cables and battery and the car fired up immediately.
Any ideas as to why this occurs? My wife doesn’t want to drive or be a passenger in the CRV and be stranded somewhere.
I have watched Eric the Car Guy’s video on swapping out the starter. I can do that but the starter always works one way another.
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