Problem w/ 96 Bonneville SSE - 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 06-28-2006, 10:42 AM   #1
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
greiv is on a distinguished road
Default Problem w/ 96 Bonneville SSE

Hey guys, I'm having a tough time with my car. It'* a 96 Bonneville SsE with a v6 the 3.8l I think? It has about 150k miles on it.

My problem is that after the car heats up, it stalls out when it idles. After a while the engine starts squealing, and my battery gauge and oil pressure gauge start jumping. Then the battery gauge will drop into the red, and the car cuts off and starts dinging. Giving me a message on my systems manger that says "Check Gauges".

About 2-3 months ago I put a new belt, and idler pulley on the car. The old idler pulley locked up, and the belt jumped off.

I'm thinking it might be the altenator, or something. I'm not sure because I'm pretty clueless when it comes to cars.
greiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 10:53 AM   #2
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

This could be an alternator, or battery cable connections. It could also be other things.

Any chance to get the car scanned for any codes?
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 12:02 PM   #3
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mi
Posts: 5,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Archon is on a distinguished road
Default

Worked on a '93 Bonneville where all the gauges would start fluctuating, and setting off the warning "dings". It was a bad alternator - but, like Bill said, it could be other things, too. Can you tell where the squealing is coming from? Any other work done on it recently?
Archon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 01:34 PM   #4
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
greiv is on a distinguished road
Default

My brother recently hooked his computer up to it about a month ago, because it was sputtering really bad. Turns out it was a miss-fire on Cylinder 3. The cable had dry-rotted out, and wasn't connecting.

It sounds like the squealing is coming from the altenator. Thats what I think is wrong, but a friend of mine told me that wouldn't make the car shut off.

But as far as other work, about......4-5 months ago I replaced both 02 sensors, the throttle position sensor, and one other sensor. They had all gone bad.
greiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 01:40 PM   #5
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

The alternator could shut the car off. Especially if the battery is low and the alternator is no longer charging it.

I'd suggest pulling it off and having Advance auto or Autozone test it for free.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 01:44 PM   #6
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
greiv is on a distinguished road
Default

Pull off the battery? Sorry I'm extremely dense when it comes to cars.


Also if it helps, this problem didn't start until after I replaced the pulley. I mean ever since I started driving the car [ about a year now ], it has always cut off occasionally. But once I put that new belt and pulley on, it started doing the squealing thing.
greiv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 01:47 PM   #7
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

You know that friend of yours that'* pretty good with cars. Ask them to help you remove the alternator from your car. Then head to autozone or advance auto to have it tested.

It'* easy once you see it done..or have a helping hand from a friend.

Don't worry about not having done much car stuff before...there'* many here that have started the same way you are... the desire you have to fix it at a better cost is how it all begins.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 02:15 PM   #8
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mi
Posts: 5,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Archon is on a distinguished road
Default

Exactly as Boosty said. Everyone started off as a noob with cars at some point. We're here to help you out in any way that we can. Before long, you'll have enough experience at things to be able to help others. That'* why this forum works so well...people helping people.

Also, as he said - have the alternator tested. Besides being weak, it could be that the bearings are started to go on it which is causing the squeal. Let us know what you find.
Archon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 05:04 PM   #9
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Additional thought...

Mention where you are located and add it to your profile.

That way..if you are near another member.. we probably have someone local that can run over and help out.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-28-2006, 05:12 PM   #10
Senior Member
Posts like a Camaro
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Bad Axe,MI.
Posts: 1,025
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
daman is on a distinguished road
Default

All good advice above,,yea put your year and trim level(SE,SSE,SSEI)in your
sig. that will help us help you
daman is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1996 SSE Pontiac Bonneville AC Problem biggallo55 1992-1999 5 04-10-2007 11:25 PM
Difference in the 97 40th sse and the regular sse? showshocka2k General GM Chat 6 03-18-2007 02:56 PM
1997 Bonneville SSE - Air Conditioning Discharge Problem jpb100 1992-1999 2 06-24-2006 12:11 AM
1994 SSE computer Problem rwe62382 1992-1999 30 08-04-2003 11:30 PM
92 Bonneville SSE engine problem Shadowcat 1992-1999 8 07-23-2003 10:10 AM


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 10:34 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.