An automotive question that my friend M and I have been trying to figure out all day (it's her car). The car is a 1989 or 90 Beretta.
So, this afternoon, we run errands together, and then, pull into the parking lot of a local grocery. In the parking lot, the "Service Engine Soon" (or whatever that bloody thing says) goes on, and the car just.. stops. It's a nightmare trying to get the car in Neutral, because the brake pedal doesn't want to go down, and the steering wheel is *very* hard to turn. We get a jump, all is well. I go into the grocery, and M drives around the lot, afraid to turn the car off. Well, the same thing happens. She gets another jump, and we decide to head back to my apartment.
We get into the turn lane at an intersection, and, as she slows to a stop, same thing happens. We get pushed into a gas station lot and get *another* jump. At first, the car doesn't seem to want to start, even with the jump. The guy babbles about something (M thought I was paying attention, and I thought M was, it being -her- car) about an alternator. The car starts, and we head back to my place. We get there without further indicent, and park the car; M decides to let it run, to see what would happen. Sure enough, after about twenty seconds, it stalls/stops we turn it off, and go inside.
An hour later, we turn it on, and it's fine, while parked. We go to a gas station to see what happens, turn it off, turn it on, and get home fine. Then it dies again.
Now, about twenty minutes ago, we turned it on again, let it run, and drove around the parking lot for about 20 minutes. And it was fine.
So, M and I are stumped. Admittedly, we know nothing about cars, but even if we *did*, wouldn't that be odd? The oil is fine, no strange sounds, the tank is full.
So, any idea what the problem might be?