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#580 of 607 Re: electrical problem [tonedogz71]
Dec 29, 2011 (6:49 pm)
**DECEMBER 29th 2011** I had the same problem (2003 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 - Hit a bump, door chime dings, door locks cycle, ABS and brake light comes on, "Service Brake System" warning, and a few seconds of flashing CEL) and I fixed it. In my case I confirmed the location of the problem by wiggle testing with the car running, in drive, and with someone in the vehicle with their foot on the brake - when I wiggled the offending wire there was an additional warning about something like "Low Engine Power" and the vehicle stalled.
Here the issue/fix: If you remove the plastic cover on the motor (5/16" bolt) what appears to be a main harness that comes from the box just behind the battery crosses over the top of the engine. There are a few looms that branch off at the rear of the motor one of which contains a single wire (black w/ white stripe) that goes to ground on the rear of the motor just to the passenger side of center. The wire was corroded and heat damaged (dry, brittle) and easily broke off when I tugged on it (Only one strand of wire still still connected). The wire connects to the motor with a 13mm bolt vertically about four inches below the rear of the intake runners (I used a 1/4" drive 13mm deep socket with a three inch extension) It is a little awkward but still fairly easy to reach. I have no idea what system this wire is part of but when it was disconnected the car wouldn't start and then it didn't seem to recognize that the key was off and out of the ignition (The radio stayed on even after the door was opened and the CEL stayed lit), once I grounded the wire everything turned off. The wire was pretty much exact length so after I cut off the brittle part I had to add a length of wire so it was long enough to reach back to the bolt, I then crimped on a new ring connector, bolted it back on and the problem was solved.
I hope this helps.
#581 of 607 Re: electrical problem [dbat124]
Dec 29, 2011 (9:35 pm)
Fantastic that you found the issue, this could have taken a Tech expert years.
One point I'd like to make, crimping wires on low-voltage connections is risky.
A more permanent solution is to solder them. Wal-Mart has a Ronson Butane Lighter for three bucks, Lowes' has some small spools of acid-free silver solder.
Also, FYI a small break in the insulation on lo-volt wires can set up corrosion which is Not visible.
This is especially problematic on engine sensor wires where the voltage is often 5vdc or so.
On a Roadmaster SW, the ATS in the breather showed bad, a New unit still gave a code, checking the weather-tite connections indicated good conn, hmm..
A close look at the wire and an indention was there, someone had closed the wire between the breather lid [TBI Engine] looking at the indention and a small slit appeared, I opened up the insulation and it the wire was GREEN with corrosion.
30+yrs at Southern Co reminded me of a statement,
"electricity travels on the outside of the wire, not the inside"
The wire was not broken, the green stuff kept the 5v signal from traveling.
Cut it out, heat shrink up the wire, a dot of silver solder and it ran perfect, WITH the original ATS !
I'm SO happy someone used their head to find the issue, your method of wriggling the wires while in Drive with an assistant is a new one for me, and I've done this for over 5 decades..
#582 of 607 Re: Suburban front wheel bearing [ron152]
Dec 29, 2011 (9:50 pm)
"the left front wheel bearing is so bad it looks like the wheel is ready to fall off"
The following is for 2wd Only.
If yours is 4wd, another procedure is required.
The ball joint check for 4wd is not known by me.
The only way you'd know if the wheel brg is bad is to either Hear it or Jack it up and grab the top and bottom of the wheel to check for play.
If the wheel is sitting at an angle, then most likely your ball joint is worn out.
GM has a wear indicator built in ball joints, the grease fitting.
Clean the area around the grease fitting on the ball joints, wire brush them etc. Note the Hex on the fitting where it's screwed in.
If the bottom of the Hex on the grease fitting is flush with the ball joint, then the service life has been reached.
#583 of 607 Re: Suburban Drac Module [caesard3]
Dec 29, 2011 (10:56 pm)
Please put your Make, Model, year, AT or MT and 2wd/4wd when asking questions.
Your mech may be correct, many sensors, solenoids in the trans, , electrical wire connector problems, faulty ECM/PCM etc can all cause shifting issues.
also, [in 87-95 the TV Cable adjustment or TV may have debris]
However, it IS possible that the DRAC is sending erratic signals to your ECM/PCM .
GM issued a TSB for bad DRAC units, TSB Bulletin No.: 448301
Since I have NO idea what year you have, here's a generic usage of a DRAC
For several years, GM used a Digital Ratio Adapter Controller (DRAC), otherwise known as a speed buffer.
The buffer could fail in such a way that the signal to the instrument cluster was fine,
yet the signal into the computer was either erratic or nonexistent.
This would cause either no upshift or erratic shifting complaints.
And since the instrument cluster was providing a good vehicle speed signal, the buffer was often overlooked as being the cause of the problem.
#585 of 607 Oil leak on 2001 suburban, close to middle of vehicle
Jan 30, 2012 (6:35 am)
Suburban 2001 LT,
5.3 Ltr engine
My Suburban has a major oil leak but I cannot see where it is leaking from. With the car in park, if I idle for about 5 minutes it starts to leak like a faucet turned on just above a drip.
Probably related to this issue is the fact that the car has been loosing a large amount of coolant over the last few years. I usually only drive the car 2000 miles a year. Over a two week period I could have to put in 1/2 gallon of water, but sometimes it would be 2 months before I would need this much. It seems like in summer it would burn less. I did not see a leak anywhere or out of the weep hole. The coolant has likely been leaking into the engine oil, because the color quickly because a rust like color even soon after I change the oil. Also there would be some amount of gunk that would drain with the oil.
I have looked all around under the hood but it cannot be seen from there. Underneath the vehicle the oil is dripping closer to the middle of the vehicle, coming from right above the transmission pan. It is not transmission fluid and I have had several people verify the color matches the oil color on the dipstick, and not the transmission fluid color. It is coming from above the transmission and dripping right across the transmission cable and around that side of the transmission pan, but I cannot see above there.
Before I take it to a mechanic I would like to have a rough idea of what both of these problems could be: First the coolant leak, and secondly the oil leak. The first problem probably caused the second, and Iím sure I did not help matters by continuing to drive it for so long while the coolant leak was happening.
Can someone please reply with what the cause of these issues may be and any rough estimate on what it would cost to fix it?
#586 of 607 Any problems with 2011 suburbans?
Mar 05, 2012 (5:15 pm)
I'm on here to try and find some info on the new suburbans. I know the 2007 through 2010 suburbans are notorious to having many problems with the engine and electrical components along with oil consumption and door locks etc... I want to know if the newer suburbans 2010 and newer have any of these problems? So if you have anything please reply.
#587 of 607 Re: Any problems with 2011 suburbans? [trevelline]
Mar 05, 2012 (8:30 pm)
I have a 2007 Suburban and my main problem has been with the brakes. The front calipers were too tight for the brake pads to slide so they wouldn't fully release when you take your foot off the brake pedal. This causes premature brake and rotor replacement due to the brakes constantly dragging and over heating. The rear brakes only wear on the inside where it's difficult to see while the outer pads remain like new. I think it's outrageous to have to replace the front brakes AND rotors at 16,000 miles and the rear brakes AND rotors at 30,000 miles, but that's just me. It should be more like front pads at 35,000 miles, front rotors at 100,000 miles and rear pads at 100,000 miles, rear rotors at 200,000 miles. I've been around a long time and have owned a lot of GM cars and trucks. My experience tells me that GM doesn't give a damn about fixing problems until maybe the next generation or until they discontinue that model altogether for lack of sales. Corvair? Monza? Chevette?
My brother-in-law has a 2008 Avalanche and he replaces the front brakes AND rotors two or three times a year. I got 16,000 miles out of the original front brakes and rotors. I then ground out the space a few thousands of an inch on the calipers to give the pads a little more room to slide. I now have 47,000 miles on it and the brakes and rotors are still good. And my gas mileage increased by about two miles per gallon. I tried to tell GM about their design problem, but they just look at me like I'm nuts. Why should they fix the problem while the dealers can make tons of money repairing brakes?
#588 of 607 Re: electrical problem [dbat124]
Apr 18, 2012 (7:43 am)
THANK YOU dbat124! I had the EXACT same problem right down to it breaking off in my hand. The only difference being, instead adding wire & putting it back where it was, I crimped a ring on the end, put a wire brush on my drill, took the paint off a spot in the engine compartment & put a self tapping screw right into the metal grounding it out right there. Who knows how much time, money & aggrivation you saved me. It got progressively worse until it suddenly got really bad, I read your post & had it fixed & done in 20 minutes. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
#589 of 607 Re: Intermittent Steering Loss [puzzled12]
Jul 15, 2012 (9:22 am)
My 99 Suburban started acting like I was on 'ice' this morning, had the pit-man arm replaced earlier this year. Most un-safe feeling even at low speeds, most notice-able if there is a bump in the road surface. Was searching to find what could be wrong and came across your posting. Plan on taking in to the dealer in the morning!