Dear Authors and Automotive Experts,
So my character is running away (via car) and stops at a rest stop to sleep. When he wakes up he finds his car doesn't work. In modern cars (let's say a 2004 Honda Accord) does this still happen? My thought was that since he sped for hours to get away from his hometown something happened to his car, and while it was running it was fine, but when he parked it for the night the car wouldn't be able to restart.
Anyone know what could cause this? If so, are there symptoms that one could hear/see/feel when attempting to start the car? Would the hood just be hot even if parked overnight?
My character is "saved" by his soon-to-be romantic interest who doesn't know much about cars, but knows how to jump start one. Unfortunately, they do it wrong and the battery explodes. My internet research wasn't super clear about whether or not this actually can still happen. Apparently it used to be able to, but modern cars are equipped with preventative measures.
I know NOTHING about cars (and neither does my main character). The only thing I can do is change a flat, and only because I changed like 5 of them in college. When people pop the hood of a car I could essentially be looking at a a lawnmower engine and have no idea.