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Chevy Suburban electrical problems

I have a 2016 Chevy Suburban LT with rear seat entertainment system and approximately 30k miles. A few months ago, while our sons were watching a dvd while we were driving, I noticed that if I went to roll up two windows at the same time, it would reset the entertainment system (it would shut…

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Chevy Impala Lights Clicking And Flashing After Battery Replaced

2002 CHEVROLET IMPALA -BATTERY WENT DEAD, REPLACED IT. NEXT DAY DOOR LOCKS LOCKING AND UNLOCKING ON THEIR OWN AND FUSE BOX CLICKING. I TESTED THE BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR AND BOTH ARE GOOD. DISCONNECTED BOTH CABLES FROM BATTERY, CLEANED REAL WELL HELD THEM TOGETHER 10/15 SECONDS. I WAS TOLD BY A LOCAL SHOP DOING THIS WOULD…

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1990 Cadillac Battery Goes Dead Overnight and Won’t Start

1990 Cadillac Fleetwood. The car won’t start due to dead battery after about 12 hours. I have had the battery and alternator tested, and they tested OK. There must be a power draw somewhere. Do you have any ideas? The battery and alternator tested OK. Mechanic JK: By what you are describing, it sounds like…

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How To Change Belt – Interior Light Stay On

What do I need to take loose to change a serpentine belt on a 1997 Oldsmobile Achieva. ProTech: Which engine do you have? 2.4L four cylinder. The 2.4 engines are relatively easy to change the belt. You just need to release the tensioner to get the belt off, and install a new one. Nothing else…

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2002 Buick Rendezvous Battery Has No Power and Won’t Start

I have a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. Yesterday it wouldn’t start, no power to anything. Charged the battery and it started and ran. This morning it started once but the second time same problem. Tried charging the battery and no luck. Checked battery it is good. I’ve been checking fuses and such, a couple times the…

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My 1999 Pontiac Grand Am Won’t Start

I’m having a problem with the charging system on my 1999 Pontiac Grand Am. New alternator. Fuses good fusible link good just won’t charge. ProTech: Have you done a charging system test? Yes did a load test on the battery that’s good alternator tested good off the car while car is running only at about 12…

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1996 Cadillac Passkey Problem

My 1996 Cadillac says theft system problem and car will not start. ProTech: You probably have a bad ignition cylinder in your Cadillac. Can I take care of that on my own? Are you capable of disassembling the steering column? Yes. It also requires quite a few special tools. But if you are capable, go…

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1996 GMC Sierra Air Compressor Clicking

Why does my air conditioner compressor engage and click loudly when heater is on. ProTech: The A/C compressor will run when you have the heater on defrost to take the moisture out of the air in your car. If it did not run, you would have water running down the inside of your windshield. This…

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2004 Toyota Tundra Loosing Battery Power and Gauges

Yes, hi I was driving and radio went off, dashboard dimmed, gauges all fell, speedometer when up and down then stopped at 0, lights dimmed, truck kept almost stopping. turned off lights and windshield wipers, then truck surged on, then after 1 mile or so it finally quit. turned it back on and lights on but…

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Battery Failure Causes In Cars and Trucks

Here’s an interesting article on something that just happened to me and my family this past weekend. I get customers all the time wondering how an electronic component on their vehicle can just go out like a snap of the fingers. Well, this is exactly what happened to the battery in my wife’s car a…

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