It died backing out of my driveway leaving me with no power. Under the hood I wiggled the +bat cable and got juice again. Took it to battery shop and had a new one put in, (the old one was 7yrs old & too small for V8) cables cleaned, and my alternater tested good. However I still have some kind of problem, and with no check engine light on for code help.
My volt meter on my dash reads zero for about a half hour of driving? then goes to a lower level.
The guys at the battery shop said not to worry about the dash volt meter, but I disagree in this situation. I think it is an indicator of some other issue. SEE BELOW FOR WHY
I also think this problem is the cause of my after market audio amp melting(even with no speakers hooked up)The amp install was good, checked 10+times(stock GM headunit). I went through two, the first worked for about a block. The secound was a bigger amp and it worked for only a week then blew all the fuses in the unit, without blowing the inline fuse on the power wire from the battery. Still had same problem before and after amp install so I know its not cause of the ghost. I think the amps were either under fed and blew, or had a spike, but since the inline fuse was not blow a spike in power is unlikely.
It now runs ok but seems to sputter on accelertion some days(has new fuel pump and filter, less then a week old)I dont think thats as simple as a spark plug issue. Also all electrical--lights, windows, radio(clock keeps time), power locks, work fine.
No dash volt meter reading(until driving a while 30 min)
Sputtering/jerking on acceleration random(feels like everythings gunna die)
blew two amps
Runs very strong after charging all night
seems the truck over all is starving for power even though all basic electrical is working??
My Ideas on problem:
bad voltage reg on alternater?
bad ground somewhere?
bad starter wire?
bad starter switch?
power wire touching frame somewhere?
possible damage done to something by too small of battery for too long?
If your agree or disagree with any please let me know and why?
I wana solve this one
Anyones help welcome! Thanks for reading!
Edited by 4X4guy, 01 March 2011 - 04:12 PM.