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Will not start, everything dead

2000 Chev Sliverado 1500 V8-325 5. Started out as the battery, or so we thought, we replaced it. Next morning same thing so we were told to replace the Alternator, Next morning;nothing, no lights, won't turn over, fuses okay, just has no electrical power at all. radio, ignition nothing works

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  • cehgan1 Nov 19, 2008

    battery, and fusable links AOK. IS there a way to test the cylanode switch. If not guess I haul it to a repair shop

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    removed 20 amp aux fuse like you told me and no dead battery this morning.what does it power?



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The correct soluation to any automotive problem is a correct diagnosis. In your case, this is exactly what is needed, not heresay or by guess or by golly. I am not being smart about this, it's just that I have spent 35 years as a professinal auto technitian and have seen this situation time and time again.

If you are not able to do the diagnosis your self, you need the help of someone who can do a hands on diagnosis for you.
1. Start at the battery. Do not replace as a meanings of repairing. Verify. If the battery has power, then begin to look at the cables, and then look at fuseable links. These are heavy wires coming off the battery that act as fuses. They burn on the inside of the wire, but many times one can not tell unless they they them with a 12 volt circuit tester.

When using a 12 volt circuit tester, follow the power trail. Start at the battery and determine where it is and where it is not.

This is a start, and I hope it works.

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  • mike dirt Nov 19, 2008

    Hi. Yes, there is a way to test thestarter selnoid. The positive battery cable goes from the battery to one side of the selnoid. One the otherside is another large cable that goes down to the starter.

    There is a 3rd , small wire on the selnoid that goes to the ignition switch.

    You can test the starter selnoid by carefully jumping from one side of the selnoid to the other. I would always use a pair of pliers, using the handles, and touching both post.

    But maybe not everyone is comfortable with this. Or one can use a remote starter, or take a BATTERY cable only, and use that to jumper across the two terminal ends. If the end cranks, you have found your problem. If it doesn't, then I would begin to test the starter its self.




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