I been running the car alot this last 30 days as when the weather is nice.
I went to start it yesterday and just got a click..no crank no start.
battery test out 12.14 volts which I thought was strange because I just ran the car 4 days ago but I had time to charge it up for a few hours. I didnt get and amp draw over .2 amps at this time. its a fairly new Optima Yellow top.
After the charge I tried to start it with some odd starter clank noises. Recheck of the battery voltage at 13.1 so this time I left the meter on it while I cranked and not only did my voltage fall to 0 it stayed there about 30 secs after the key was off. I retested with the voltage check on the main lug of the starter with the same thing. Connections look tight there also. Grounds all good.
This is the part that scared me. I tried it a third time and this time the voltage dropped to less than one volt and when I got out of the car I heard a few cracks of a short some place low driverside under the hood. I was able to pull the positive terminal off and oddly it was not hot so I think the amp draw was minimal.
top of the underhood fuse box looked good and I didnt see anything blow.
Slept on it and I guess Ill check the alternator connections.
Irritating part is its outside and I would like it in my garage to work on.