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Go to the auto parts store and buy a small 6 amp charger and leave it on the battery for 4-6 hours, if it doesn't charge back up it is defective, one year old or not. I have put 4 new batteries in my Corvette in one year until i bought a factory DELCO battery from the GM dealer and problem was solved.
on the v6- 3.1 yes you do. here is how to change it yourself, first of all, release tension on the belt tensioner. remove belt from pulleys, place a floor jack under engine on motor mount side to take off. put a piece of wood on jack to protect engine. jackup to engine with very slight pressure to hold it while removing mount. take off mount, remove old belt, put new belt on. the tensioner can be moved with a 3/8 drive in tensioner hole. after belt is on replace mount. then lower jack down. thats it!!
All full size 1999-2008 GM trucks & SUVs have or will have this problem. A redesigned Intermediate Steering Shaft was released in 2008. It is the permanent fix. If you are in warranty, squawk to your dealer. If not, the part is easy to replace.
I used the after-market Dorman 425-176 part. It sells for about $50 if you are a good shopper. Instructions are in the box. Only 2 bolts need to be removed.
1) Park your truck straight and level. Set the parking brake.
2) Bungee the steering wheel so it will not turn.
3) Disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes for the air bag system to discharge.
4) Remove the 2 bolts, one in the engine compartment, one under the dash. Wiggle the old part up and out and the new one in.
5) Replace the bolts.
6) Connect the battery, Remove the bungee before driving.
Being a stiff and fat old man, this took me 2 hours with rest breaks. Next time I could do it in 1 hour. Young and slender might finsh the task in 30 minutes.