My car has been starting fine and my battery is good. However, yesterday
after about 4 hours of hard rain, the car was difficult to start. (Also, I
should mention that my car was parked on a fairly substantial slope in the
driveway--the front being higher than the back.) When I turned on the key, the
engine turned over many times but would not start. Finally, the battery seemed
to weaken a bit, and I had my neighbor jump start me, and after a good bit of
time, the car started. I drove it about 3 miles, and when I stopped, the
engine got rough and stalled. Also, during the 3 mile drive when I attempted
to accelerate, the car sort of gulped. After I barely restarted the car, I was
very careful to drive it continuously at about 35 mph, and I avoided most stops
for about four miles when I got stuck at a train crossing for about 6 minutes.
There was a minor bit of roughness in the engine while waiting, but it did not
stall. I drove another 3 miles to my destination without problems and parked.
Three hours later, I drove 10 miles home with absolutely no problems in
starting the car or driving.
Can someone tell me what happened and how to fix it?