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1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

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Old 12-08-2006, 07:26 AM   #21
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On a side note - If you replaced the battery, did you get it tested at the same place you bought it?
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And, cleaning the cables may not be enough. There may be internal corrosion that decreases current-carrying capacity that you cannot reach. We have members who had to replace their battery cables to resolve the problem.

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To properly test a battery, you need to put it under a heavy known resistance load and watch what happens to the voltage over a period of time. Most auto parts stores, and any good shop will have this type of battery tester. The parts stores will test your battery for free. You can buy a load tester at harbor freight tools for about $15.

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And, cleaning the cables may not be enough. There may be internal corrosion that decreases current-carrying capacity that you cannot reach. We have members who had to replace their battery cables to resolve the problem.

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This was me. Sometimes you finally give up and spend the new cable $
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And, cleaning the cables may not be enough. There may be internal corrosion that decreases current-carrying capacity that you cannot reach. We have members who had to replace their battery cables to resolve the problem.

There, that'* seven!
This was me. Sometimes you finally give up and spend the new cable $
Or just braze the crimps on better.
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unfortunatly, Ive had to work all day the past 2 days, so havent had a chance to mess around w/ it

I think im just going to buy new battery cables, might as well why Im there.

Ill let ya know how it goes

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And, cleaning the cables may not be enough. There may be internal corrosion that decreases current-carrying capacity that you cannot reach. We have members who had to replace their battery cables to resolve the problem.
This was me too, on literally every Pontiac I've ever owned:
1974 Ventura
1978 Bonneville
1988 Grand Prix SE
1997 Bonneville SE
2001 Grand Prix GT

If you are planning to replace your battery cables, I do recommend you buy the actual factory cables from a GM dealer. Be aware they will be fairly expensive, as far as cables go.
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I've got a 92 Bonneville, and similar symptoms... Car dies will driving it, for no good reason; battery seems okay, wait five mins, car starts again, drive 15 mins, car dies again.. Now, after a week of no driving, car won't turn over, won't click, won't do anything. Thanks to this post, I will begin by checking the corrosion on my battery cables. Thanks!
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It that doesn't work, I'd suggest that you start a new thread so your problem gets the attention that it deserves. Also, welcome to the Bonneville Club.
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well whatdaya know

I feel like a complete shmoe coming on here saying my car won't start and dont think its the battery

sure enough...new battery, car runs

Never have I seen a car die while running and it be a bad battery. Sure enough

thanks for the help fellas, it woulda been the last thing on that car I replaced.
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