Question about 2001 Chevrolet Astro

1 Answer

How can I tell if battery is bad or a short draining battery

Takes 5 to 10 min to charge enough to start then runs fine no dimming and such. When I turn it off It needs charging I lied,while driving the radio sometimes shrieks then dead air then radio again

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert that hasĀ over 10 points.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 2 times.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 8 Answers

Take the battery to an auto store. They have an amp meter to test it with. Check for poor connections at the back of the radio. If it's wired to a hot lead and not the ignition ( key on) or aux, my old cd player would turn itself on and run down the battery while parked. For me, bad radio.

Posted on Nov 10, 2013


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of.(from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones)
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

66 chrgr
  • 1011 Answers

SOURCE: 03 chevy silverado, problem with

if the alternater light is not on the battery.probably has a bad cell

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have a 2000 chevy metro 4 cyl 1.3 the vehicle

thats a good question. very hard problem to fix. i had a 2005 colorado i went through 4 batteries in 3 years. chevy could not find problem. they said i had a drain. never did find it sold vechicle.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009

  • 6982 Answers

SOURCE: 2001 chevy silverado 1500 v8 battery drain after sits for 1or2day

, do a simple test on the charging system...check battery voltage. should be 12v or better. start engine & check volts at idle, no accessories on. volts should read 13.5 -14v. Turn on all accessories(including headlamps on high) volts should drop slightly but should not creep down. Definitely not below 12.5. If voltage drops lower than 12.5, the regulator (in the alternator) is not working. either change regulator or change entire alternator. Alternator drive belt should have sufficient tension so that alternator cannot be turned easily by hand. If it can, check belt tensioner.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: Dead battery even after 12 hours of charging?

it sounds to me that you could just have a bad connection at the battery post. look to see if there is any corrossive build up on them. this can happen over time. it is also possible you have a dead cell in the battery. your best bet is to remove the battery and take it to any major auto parts store. most of the major retailers will check the battery free of charge. hope this helps

Posted on May 18, 2009

  • 167 Answers

SOURCE: my 95 vortec Chev Blazer acted like the alternator

Get the Battery tested.Check and clean the battery posts and wire clamps .Check and clean the earth (-) wire where it bolts to the chassis and block .Also when you changed the alternator did it have good connection / Plug to the loom (sometimes these corrode causing bad connection).
Has the alternator got an internal or external voltage regulator if its external the fault could be there.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

Charging system failure

check the drive belt condition and tension

Apr 09, 2014 | Honda Prelude Cars & Trucks


How to tell if the battery is bad.

A bad battery can either take charged but dishcharge itself or it wont take full charge or it will charge but doesn't provide enough current to crank the engine.
Even new battery can be damaged if left uncharged for a period of time. If the car will not crank because the battery has been drained maybe by playing the radio too long. Jump start the car and let it charge. Or even better use a battery charger. Do not wait till the next day to jump start it because the battery will inquire damage. If the car was ok then all of the sudden it wont start in the morning and you know there is nothing in the car draining it, That means the battery has an internal short. It needs replacement. It will charge again after boosting but it will give you same problem over and over. Whats more the computer can be damaged by too much jump starting. It can also be damaged by a bad battery. If your car wont start and it has roughly 12.6 volts which is the voltage for a fully charged battery, that means the battery is also bad. In eliminating the battery as the culprit all connection must be clean and dry. Grease on the post used to prevent corrsion can lead to poor contacts.

on Jul 22, 2010 | Honda Accord Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Battery completely drained after 45 mins of listening to cd player without car running,

a healthy battery will take a charge and discharge and be o k -you have several things going on-the ticking noise is some kinda rely that is turning on and off probably because of low voltage-the voltage jumping around sound like the alternator is giving up and is not fully charging battery-you may also have a drain on the battery that doesn't stop when you turn the key off like an extra power amp for the radio- you can take your car to autozone or advanced auto and they will check out the charging system for free and tell you what is going on-cheers Denny

Nov 23, 2013 | Cadillac DeVille Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1992 pontiac sunbird good alternator, good battery , parisitic drain of battery when running?

charge the battery then remove the negative battery cable and place a test light between the cable and the battery remove fuses until the light goes dim also unplug and unbolt the alternator as bad diodes can draw on the system it can charge and still drain the battery down

Aug 29, 2012 | 1993 Pontiac Sunbird

1 Answer

Why does 2003 windstar shut down electrically

Before replacing alternator testing should be done , is there B+ voltage at the heavier gage wire on the back of the alternator . Could have a blown fuse or fusible link . Your vehicle from what you have posted , isn't charging . Plus there is a regular fuse located in the under hood fuse box F1.13 - 10 amp this supply's B+ voltage to the orange with lit blue stripe wire at the three wire connector plugged into the alternator . The other two wires come from the PCM - engine computer . This charging system is computer controlled . Ford PCM controlled alternator testing

Feb 28, 2017 | 2003 Ford Windstar

2 Answers

My 98 lumina has a constant power draw from somewhere. I just replace the battery and had the alt tested (it was good). I have to jump the dang thing every morning but if I drive it enough during the day...

The alternator may charge fine but could drain the battery through a bad diode,have you checked the alt for a bad diode?Disconnect the battery positive cable.Put a regular 12v test light between the battery positive post and the positive battery cable.If the test light is bright you do have a drain,if dim it is OK.A dim light may mean the drain is internal in the battery.If you do have a bright light remove a fuse ,one at a time from the fuse box until the light goes dim.Once dim you have identified the bad circuit.If removing all fuses do not dim the light,disconnect the alt charging wire at the alt,if that dims the light,then you do have a bad diode.DO NOT create a drain(bright light) when checking for the drain by turning on the key or opening a door/trunk etc.
Also,do an overnight battery check by disconnecting the battery overnight,if things are fine the next morning after the battery was disconnected then it is a drain in the vehicle,if the battery is dead even after being disconnected overnight,,then the battery is bad.

Jun 15, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

My ford 500's alternator went out. we replaced it and the battery is new. why won't it take a jump and start?

Hi Jenny,

I'm assuming the battery was new before the alternator went out.

If the car was running off the battery until both died, the battery may no longer be able to hold a charge or hopefully it it taking the lions share of the jump amperage to charge itself.

When you jump the car, try the headlights. If they are dim (or off) you have a bad jump connection. Try reseating the cables.

If they are bright, let the battery have some time to charge. (With the other vehicle running).

If after a few minutes, you get nothing from the starter,comment back. We'll look into other areas.

Best of luck


Feb 05, 2011 | 2006 Ford Five Hundred

4 Answers

My 2003 chevy ventuew will not start anymore

battery probably bad or you have drain somewere
start with the easy,have battery charged and load tested

Mar 25, 2010 | 2003 Chevrolet Venture Passanger

2 Answers

Dash and Head lights dimming. won't start now, bad alternator drained the battery?

Yes this could be the cause to your problems. The best bet is to charge up the battery and try to get it to a parts store so they can test both the alternator and the battery. If your alternator goes out,the battery will supply enough power for the car to run for a short time. Try and get to a mechanic for a test, or the parts store.

Aug 04, 2009 | 1998 Ford Expedition

4 Answers

Flat battery

Sounds like your altenator. Take the vehicle in or just take in the alternator and have it checked for proper voltages. The alternator should be delivering 14.5 volts when running over 1200 rpm. If not then the vehicle will use up the battery power until flat. A tell tale sign is the front head lights brighten and dim with the revving of the motor. To continue running off the battery itself will eventually kill the battery.


Sep 30, 2008 | 1997 Hyundai Accent

Not finding what you are looking for?
2001 Chevrolet Astro Logo

99 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Chevrolet Experts


Level 3 Expert

76649 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22219 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8522 Answers

Are you a Chevrolet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides