Need Gearhead Advice
Sorry in advance for the length of this post, but I want to be as in depth as possible. Here goes: Saturday morning I tried to leave work, but the car wouldn't start. The battery hasn't been tolerating the cold very well and it was 5 below. The starter cranked for a little while and I shut the ignition off to try again. However, when I shut off the ignition the starter continued to run (slowly) until the battery was drained. All my co-workers thought it sounded like the starter solenoid was bad, so I laid on the frozen tundra and changed the solenoid today. Knowing the battery was dead, I tried to jump start the car when finished. Once again the starter continued to run very slowly even with the ignition switch off and the jumper cables attached. The cables got very hot, and I had smoke coming off the battery of my Bonne. I hope someone has seen this before.
(Before you ask, I don't have a scantool.)