Dead Alterator (I think) - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


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.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-10-2008, 09:45 PM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
generalstan is on a distinguished road
Default Dead Alterator (I think)

I have a 1996 SE, which ran great until now.

One week ago, I noticed that the keyless entry wasn't working, which was odd. Trying to start yielded only silence, leading me to believe that the battery was dead.

I went to the parts store and bought a new battery and put it in (more powerful than the old battery, mind you). At that time it started up and I went on driving.

Today is the first time I've attempted to drive it since then, and the symptoms were the same. No keyless entry, no power at all, and of course I didn't start.

My thought is that the alterator is broken.

Is there anything I can do besides bringing it into the shop (an option that I have no money for).
generalstan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2008, 10:45 PM   #2
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 281
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
93RedSled-SSE is on a distinguished road
Default

Many big chain parts stores can test your alternator off the car.
93RedSled-SSE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 05:19 PM   #3
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: CT
Posts: 2,099
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
SSEBONNE4EVA is on a distinguished road
Default batt

What is the volt gage reading at idle? You could have a current drain.
SSEBONNE4EVA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
Senior Member
Posts like a Turbo
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 496
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
trigga_b is on a distinguished road
Default

I put my money on a current drain. Your car can't drive off a battery alone. Do you have any after market electronics?
trigga_b is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Dead laptop, dead iPod, dead life rant wjcollier07 Lounge 24 02-20-2007 07:47 PM
I Think its Dead.... GreenMachine98 1992-1999 8 10-11-2006 02:07 PM
Any info on the power antenna? I think mine's dead. TDS-94SSEi Audio (and aftermarket electronics) 6 07-27-2005 08:22 PM
I think the bonneville really is dead at GM coyote Bonneville GXP/ Northstar Powered Cars 2 05-31-2005 01:13 AM
Sub Dead or Amp Dead? 79ford Audio (and aftermarket electronics) 24 02-22-2004 01:55 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:55 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.