This problem has occurred 3 times now, so it is a running trend.
Every time it occurs, it goes like this:
I get in the car, insert the key, push in the clutch, and turn the key all the way to start. I'll hear the starter motor crank once and cut off immediately in the middle of the crank. After which, turning the key from accessory to start does nothing. There is no power in the rest of the vehicle.
Now if I remove the key, pop the hood, disconnect the battery terminal, then immediately reconnect it (I've done nothing else). I can now start the car.
I'm not sure if any of these cause the issue, but I've generally noticed this problem has happened:
- On hot days
- Right after the car was stopped or a few hours after I've last driven it (such as a short trip to the apartment mailbox and back)
Does anyone have an idea why disconnecting and reconnecting the battery lets me start the car again? Why this is happening?
I do have a couple of mods on the car, but for the large majority of the time I have no issues starting the car.
- Aftermarket LED headlights and tail lights
- Aftermarket radio
- Aftermarket footwell lights, fuse tapped (in the correct direction) to the accessory fuse.