Just purchased with 62,000 miles and all known recalls/campaigns done according to GM service manager. (I'm very particular and picked this one owner Bravada because of its complete service history.) I do have the headliner out for repair, but have started it and run with no problems with headliner out. After sitting for about 1 1/2 weeks, thought I'd start it and let it run for a while. Started just fine, however, after a very brief time -- I'd say less then a minute -- I noticed the speedometer needle suddenly jump around and I believe, though not sure, I noticed other gage needles jump. Again, I'm not sure -- happened so suddenly -- just know that sudden needle movement caught my attention -- especially the speedometer! The parking brake was still on. I attempted to restart, but nothing; and then also realized that the information window was blank (not lit) with the key turned to start/run, The odometer is lit and everything else seems to operate -- radio, lights, etc. However, I did realize that I cannot shift out of gear even with foot on the brake and ignition switch turned to run. I checked battery voltage at fuse blocks -- 12.35 volts -- and the battery connections (even removed and cleaned, but really weren't dirty). I'm puzzled. The vehicle has been garaged and had all service done by GM. I've not had a chance to get full GM service manuals yet, so don't have anything to use for troubleshooting this problem. Onother tech here said they've had problems with the security system causing problems in them. I greatly appreciate any feedback / direction you can give -- Thanks! Bruce
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Re: Died - No Start
Hi,check the voltage at the battery as you try to crank it for starter draw.I worked on a gm the other day that had the same symptoms.It ended up being the battery.It had 12.2 volts until i turned the key to the start position,then it dropped to 5 volts.Had a dead cell.Hope this helps.Good Luck!!!
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I don't think this is a common problem for this truck . To check for a recall you will need your vin # . you need to call a GM dealer (service dept) and ask them to check for open recalls . they should do this for you over the phone (if there is and open recall they will want you to set up and appt to have it completed) i searched my data base on ALL DATA and did not fine a TSB ( tecinal service bulltins) or recall campaign for any type of tail light repair .
Does the third brake light still work? A common problem that can cause this is a multifunction/turn signal switch. GM has a recall on this but you would need to contact your local GM dealer and have them run your vin number too see if it qualifies for that campaign. The recall was issued in 2002 but to my knowledge is still an open campaign.
the problem seems to be the electric pump that supplies power steering pressure on demand is defective or the sensor that tells it u need assist is defective, read allot about this design having problems, suggest you contact GM customer relations, the number is in the owners manual.
from what you tell , seems to me you either drive through a million potholes a mile, or bought a lemon car. from what i see you like medium to big cars; i would recommend a camry. i would reccommend you buy a used camry or corolla or altima with a proven service record(some document showing what services were done on the car)(check SAFETY RECALLS on the internet before; the model with the least, buy)with no electronic nonsense on board( wich are simpler and cheaper to diagnose and fix) .buy an external GPS if you really need it( and no i do not need the car to welcome me and tell me the temperature, thank you very much). ps. where i live, a battery costs around $80, 2 tires, $100. I'd reccommend you buy the service manual(haynes, chilton if there is one available for your car) (any pepboys kragen etc)and read the intro of the chapters, so at least when the repair shop tells you whats wrong, you can check it with your repair manual.
Recall Summary THIS IS NOT A SAFETYRECALL IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SAFETY ACT. HOWEVER, IT IS DEEMED ASAFETY IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN BY THE AGENCY. VEHICLE DESCRIPTION:PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE ACCELERATOR PEDAL FEELS ROUGH OR NOTCHY WHENYOU PRESS IT.