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Car has no power. Intermittent problem.

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Suburban 1500.  The other day, it would not start.  The lights were working on the dashboard but the engine did not turnover at all.  No struggling.  No clicking.  No activity.  I held the ignition key on for about 15 seconds and the car started right up.
The next morning, I had the same problem and got the car to start the same way.  However, after about fifteen minutes, the car stalled.  This time, I had no power at all.  No lights on the dash.  No headlights.  No power locks.  No beeping when I opened the door.  Nothing.
Checked the connections on the battery.  It was fine.  I put a multimeter on the battery.  It was putting out 12 volts.  Checked the oil.  It was low.  Added two quarts.  Tried the car again.  It started right up and ran until I turned it off.  Tried again and it started right up again.
A few hours later, we took the car for a drive and had no problems.  On the drive back home, we stopped at a stop sign.  The car stalled and had absolutely no power for about ten seconds.  Then, the power came back and the car started just fine.  Had no more problems the rest of the way home.  
What is going on?  Any ideas?

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  • tntmoon_6 Dec 23, 2008

    I have exactly the same problem as prodigal78. 98 Suburban, 185,000. I can't get it started to get it to the store to check codes.

    Would like to know what prodigal 78 found out.




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I actually solved this problem with my Suburban, I had to change the Altenator and Starter.

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Thru all of the above, has the check engine light ever gone on? Even if it hasn't I'd have the engine codes checked w/ a scan tool, to see if there are any stored codes on the Suburbans computer. U can have it done for free at most parts stores, and they will give u info on what to do to correct any trouble codes that show up. Do the above, and after discussing any codes w/ parts store , if u need further help, let me know. Good Luck!

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