Tuesday, I had a final exam at Stony Brook. Getting there was a challenge.
Even though there had been snow and the temperature was 20 degrees (F), I decided to take the Lotus Elise. However, it wouldn't start.
The engine didn't even turn over. It just went click-click-click. I hadn't driven it in about a week and figured that the cold weather limited the battery's output.
So I took my beater, a 1993 Geo Prizm. As I drove it, I remarked that its handling was terrible.
Maybe I was getting spoiled by driving the Elise.
Nope. Both rear tires were about 10 psi.
Brief comparison between the two cars. The radio reception was much better in the Geo Prizm. The Geo Prizm held just fine through all the curves. However, I didn't feel any G's pushing me sideways through the turns. The steering didn't have any feedback. I didn't even feel the drain covers, which are an annoyance in the Elise. We know you can feel any pebble you drive over in an Elise. Of course, the acceleration stank.
So I took the final and think I did fine.
I tried to start the Elise today since it was warmer. After a few minutes of the click-click-clicks, there was a sound like a groan from behind me. It lasted about 4 sec. That was the end of the click-click-clicks. Now the engine start button didn't even light.
This is a 2006 model with about 6,000 miles on it. Could it be the battery? I'd like to try jump starting it tomorrow. Is that a bad idea? Anything special about jump starting an Elise? How do I get the battery cover off? I'd hate to spend a couple hundred to have the car towed from Queens to Park Ave. Lotus if I can take care of it myself.
Down the road, I'd like to use a trickle charger but I live in an apartment building. I don't know of any outlets outside. Nor are there any outlets in the garage where I park. Any ideas? Maybe I could remove the battery from the car and charge it in my apartment? How hard is it to remove the battery?