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Dead battery GM vehicles

Dead battery GM vehicles GM has issued a service bulletin 10-08-50-001 to address dead battery problems in the vehicles listed below with heated seats. The condition may be intermittent or full time and appears as a dead battery, low battery, no crank no start condition. GM has determined that the heated seat module is the cause of the battery drain. Do NOT replace the module. GM has released a software update to reprogram the module and force it to shut down once the vehicle is turned off. Any GM dealer … Read More

Charge a car battery after jump start

How to charge a car battery after jump start If you think you can jump start a dead car battery and let it idle to charge a car battery, you’ll be mighty disappointed. Idling a dead battery to recharge it won’t work. Driving it might not charge a car battery either. An alternator needs power to generate power An alternator generates power by passing an electromagnet across a stationary coil of wire. In other words, it needs power to make the electromagnet in the first place. An alternator isn’t like … Read More

Dead battery on Chevolet Trailblazer

If you have a dead battery on a Chevrolet Trailblazer, this article is for you. Boy is this a mess. This vehicle has major league problems with battery drain issues, leaving you with a dead battery on Chevrolet Trailblazer. In most cases, it’s either a stuck “ON” relay or a module that won’t “go to sleep.” Then again, GM has had big problems with ignition switches shorting out and providing power to all accessories as if the key had been left in the RUN position. Here are the possibilities mechanics … Read More

Honda alternator doesn’t charge

Fix Honda alternator that doesn’t charge on start up Some Honda owners have had their vehicle’s charging system tested and discovered that their Honda alternator doesn’t charge on start up. So they’ve forked out the dough and replaced it only to find the new ones doesn’t charge either. If you don’t understand the system, you can be easily fooled by the alternators operation. The voltage regulator on many Honda’s is incorporated into the engine control unit (ECU). The ECU is smart enough to determine whether the battery needs charging or … Read More

Battery dead in morning – Chrylser products

Why is my battery dead in the morning – Chrylser products No start, slow cranking, hard start, dead battery, Battery dead in morning, battery dies, Durango, Aspen, Sebring, Avenger, Wrangler, Nitro, Liberty, 300, Magnum, Charger, Dakota, Town & Country, Grand Caravan, Grand Cherokee, Commander Chrysler has issued a technical service bulletin (TSB) 08-003-08 too address No start, slow cranking, hard start, dead battery, dead battery in morning, battery dies problems on the following vehicles: 2008 Durango 2008 Aspen 2008 Sebring/Avenger 2008 Wrangler 2008 Nitro 2008 Liberty 2008 300/Magnum/Charger 2008 Dakota … Read More

Dead battery Ford Focus

How to diagnose and fix dead battery Ford Focus If you have a dead battery Ford Focus condition, a system that’s not charging, a battery light that stay on even after replacing the alternator and battery, read this. This problem can really throw a pro for a loop because the problem may be a bad wire or a corroded fuse. First thing to check is a broken or intermittent wiring connection at the alternator. The “FIELD” charging current is provided to the alternator by the PCM on the blue wire. … Read More

Rear Wiper doesn’t work — Expedition Navigator

Rear Wiper doesn’t work Owners of 2003-07 Ford Expeditions and Lincoln Navigators may experience a dead battery along with a balky rear wiper. The problem is covered by TSB #07-10-13 and can be diagnosed with the following procedure: Rear Wiper doesn’t work — Expedition Navigator If the rear wiper doesn’t work on your Explorer or Navigator, pop the rear window open to make sure the wiper mechanism is disengaged from the motor drive plate. Next, open the beauty cover over the wiper arm attaching nut. Then, connect a dial torque … Read More

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