Looking for some feedback regarding a recent incident with my 87 legend.
Having been left idling with the stereo running, and the headlights on for
approximately 45 minutes in approx -10 Celcius weather, the headlights
seemed dim from the outside as I approached, and when I got in, the interior
lights would not work. When I put the vehicle (Automatic Tranny) into
reverse the engine sputtered, and then to my surprise died. To my
embarassment this happened while I was shopping for a new car, but
fortunately the dealer offered a boost which caused the motor to start
promptly and purr like a kitten again. On the drive home everything seemed
to be working as normal. When I got home, I shut the car off, waited a few
moments, and attempted to restart the car. It started NO PROBLEM. I did
notice however that the Idle is a little slower than I thought it should be
(according to the tach it seems to be about 500-700 ish RPM, needle about
half way up to the 1). Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought these
things needed to idle about 800 RPM??
SO, I'm wondering if the seemingly low idle could be creating insufficient
charge to maintain the battery while idling??? Other thoughts are toasted
alternator, toasted battery, or something of that nature.... Any input,
thoughts or advide would be appreciated if it can help prevent this
occurance in the future.
Thanks in advance.
(sorry 'bout the longish post....)