good battery, bad car - Page 4 - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


Everything Electrical & Electronic Have an electrical problem? Lighting, Alternators, gauges, DIC, HUD, etc? Post it here. Please post Audio problems in the Audio forum, and Engine control problems in the appropriate Mechanical forum for your year.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-25-2006, 05:41 PM   #31
Senior Member
Certified GM nut
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Western New York
Posts: 1,942
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Technical Ted is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by meechv
Went out tonight to put on new terminal bolts, and found out now the battery IS dead. I forgot to disconnect it after I stripped out the bolt.
The battery was already dead when you connected the cables & the meter only showed .4 volts. I can't imagine why the charger was indicating a full charge.
Technical Ted is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2006, 11:39 PM   #32
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: the rose city, OR
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
meechv is on a distinguished road
Default

It'* charging now, we'll see what it does tomorrow night. I had dirty terminals that I was checking from (the exposed bolts were rusty, even though the contacts were clean), and I think I got a few bad readings. Now the bolts are new, the terminals have been scrubbed with baking soda and coated in that jelly, and the grounds have been fully cleaned.
meechv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2006, 11:50 PM   #33
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

Michelle...I commend you.. great job...great way to approach it, and very thorough

Now we need to ask a favor..there'* this guy in Oregon...not far from you. Both of his cars are having issues..and we think it'* from him working on them. Do you suppose that you might be able to go over and fix his cars for him? We might be able to get you a dinner out of the deal.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2006, 11:55 PM   #34
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: the rose city, OR
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
meechv is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, since my car is running no better than either of his, the question really is, does he really want me working on them?

It sounds like that daughter of his could take care of it just fine. And I bet she cooks, too.
meechv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2006, 08:58 AM   #35
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

I'm starting to get afriad to enter the state of Oregon...
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2006, 09:29 AM   #36
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

Hey, my 'battery issue car' is much better now. She'* holding a charge overnight and hasn't done that in awhile (of course, I haven't been driving it much until recently). All I did to go from not starting after a couple hours to holding oa charge overnight was top off 2 or 3 low cells and charge the battery again.

Might be all you need to do, Michelle. At least for now. If it gets worse, I'll probably swap batteries between cars for now. At least until the 93 gets the new harmonic balancer. Then I'll look for a cheap battery. Get a sealed unit if you have to buy a battery. Less chance of corrosion that way.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2006, 12:47 AM   #37
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: the rose city, OR
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
meechv is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, I got mine going today. I got my battery all charged up, checked the water level, and popped it in. I had already replaced the terminal bolts, cleaned the wires with baking soda, and sanded down the 3 grounds I could find. (2 behind the ICM and the one on the fender)

One funny thing, the alarm usually goes off when I reattach the battery, and I shut it off with the fob. But when I went to start it this time, I got lights but no click until I held down the secret alarm button under the dash, then she started right up. Which I believe meant the alarm was switched on. I leave the alarm off these days, because there'* a short in one of the doors that sets it off randomly, and the siren burnt out a few years ago. So I don't know if that contributed to my problems, but it'* switched off again and I'll find out soon enough. I drove it briefly, and it seemed fine.

I'm going to let it sit a couple of days and see if the battery gets drained or not. But if she'* ok, then it'* wax time. I couldn't justify waxing a car that wouldn't start.
meechv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2006, 01:59 AM   #38
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

Sounds good. She should be good. If she doesn't hold that charge after driving, you need to call in the warranty on that alternator, or have the battery checke out.

But I suspect an underlying reason behind your waxing, and I believe I'll have to do some waxing myself to prevent being shown up by someone next weekend.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-2006, 02:03 AM   #39
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: the rose city, OR
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
meechv is on a distinguished road
Default

Well, she can't be the ugly duckling of the green machines! Her spoiler is a mess, and she sits under a tree all day. 'Nuff said...
meechv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2006, 01:06 AM   #40
Member
Posts like a V-Tak
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: the rose city, OR
Posts: 76
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
meechv is on a distinguished road
Default

So, I took her out for another ride tonight, this time with the lights on. She started right up, and the gauge was just under 14, like it usually is. As I was driving, I noticed the gauge was creeping lower than normal, especially at red lights. After about 5 minutes, I saw that the needle was leaning to the left, close to the red, except when I was accelerating, and I turned around and went home.

I think the battery isn't holding a charge. I watch my gauge pretty religiously, and I've never seen it anywhere beyond perfectly vertical, and that'* with the fan on full, the defrost on, and the lights on while sitting at a stop light. It'* only about 6 months old. After it was charged last night, I checked the water, and it was touching the plastic at the bottom of the openings.

Will auto parts stores check the battery in the car? What should I do next?
meechv is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bad, bad, bad, bad vibrations.... SilverSleeper8704 2000-2005 11 07-30-2010 06:42 AM
ohh battery ohh battery (kinda long) TISbonneville General GM Chat 2 03-04-2006 04:48 AM
Good news and bad news woohhoooo good news SSEimatt93 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 55 03-02-2006 02:51 PM
BAD one liners. Bad, really really bad, but still funny. BonnieBrougham Lounge 3 12-16-2004 06:38 PM
not good. NOT GOOD. (hit and run, not bad-BAD, but not good) repinS General GM Chat 13 11-26-2004 11:35 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 02:35 AM.


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.