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Losing power and using a lot of gas

Small evap leak shows on diag. Changed the gas cap and the light went out for a week and came back on. Now the Check engine (with same code) and the ABS light is on. Starting to SUCK gas and now the power is lagging. Recently had to change the Serpentine and the water pump and now this is going on. Also the dash lights DING constantly saying the Passenger Door is open.
Was thinking may be the timing with the power loss and usage of gas but dont want to go there first. Car usually runs like a top. Has 191500 on it

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  • Julie Beckstead Pierce
    Julie Beckstead Pierce Dec 08, 2012

    code is PO402 and the cap is on tight, new cap so seal is good, no catilitic smells, not getting loud. Just losing power and the constant dinging of the bell with the check engine and service AWD light on. TThe alarm will go off if I open the back hatch window and sometimes it says the back door *hatch* is open. Wonder if it could be the Power Dist box which holds the relays? Im not sure where that is located on the vehicle though. Was going to replace one of the relays but its dealer only. Thats a money grab with a vehicle thats 11 yrs old. Someone did do a bypass for the license plate light because they couldnt figure out where why it only came on with the door up but not down. but removed it when I found out there was a toggle switch put in for it.


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There are two power dist boxes in the bravada. one is under the hood and the second is under the back seat on the driver side. The bottom of the seat has to be flipped up to access the dist box inside the vechile. As for the loss of power and poor fuel usage, have you done a tune up on the suv. also have you done a fuel system cleaning? The awd light would suggest a problem in the transfer case or the front gear box. The one thing that could cause all the problems would be a body control module. Unfortunatly only a auto tech could tell which is the true problem. Hopefully I gave you some help on where to have someone look.

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    Julie Beckstead Pierce Dec 19, 2012

    I keep her tuned up and oil changed regularly so she just had a tune up, fuel filter change, ignition coil change on number 4 just went also and changed that. Changed teh brakes and rotors and thats when the light went out for the ABS but its back on again after a few months. So what am I looking for in the box under the seat? I took each one of the modules out of the one under the hood and cleaned the connections and checked all the fuses. No change. Under the seat has the body module in it? I will check that out next. Thanks and I will let you know.


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If car starts and lose the power afterwards it might be alternator problems or fuel supply (filter, pump, injectrors) or ignition (plugs, wiring/distributor). If lights come on but car is dead it is starter or incorrect timing (brocken timing belt (chain)) or fuses.
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If your check engine light is on then I would take it and have the computer codes pulled to see what fault the computer is showing. That will give you a better idea of what direction to go for repair. It doesn't sound like anything major, its probably a sensor issue. It could be your idle control solenoid, your collant temp sensor, or even your MAF sensor. You can try disconnecting these sensors to take them out of the loop (one at a time) and if it starts up with no gas pedal applied then you have found you problem. A fuel injected vehicle does not require you to give it throttle to start, the computer should take care of that. I would start by getting the codes pulled first, that should tell you exactly what is wrong with your vehicle. Your vehicle is starting and running so you have fuel and spark. I would look toward a control issue (sensors).

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